Lynn Marie Morski and I met because of our love for a Brazilian martial art called capoeira. She’s been way more successful at perfecting an impressive au sem mao than I have, but hey!  

Honestly, I think it’s just a testament to the themes of strength and fearlessness that run through Lynn Marie’s story.  

Anyway, in addition to being a super-badass capoeirista, Lynn Marie is also the only person I know who holds both an MD and a JD.  How’s that for rockin’ and rollin’?

And, she believes that quitting is actually a healthy (and necessary) part of discovering who we are and what we’re meant to do in this life.  I was thrilled beyond thrilled when I heard Lynn Marie had started formally coaching others and I invited her to tell her story here!

Without further ado…

Why I Hustle…

I’m sure this post is supposed to be educational for Tracey’s blog readers, but I’m not gonna lie, it feels a bit like writing in my own journal…a little written therapy for the day.

I hustle for a number of reasons.

That number is 3.

Reason #1: I want to love my job.

Lynn Marie Morski

I’m well aware that I have an enviable job situation, as I work a grand total of about eleven hours a week. That’s it. And it’s not a part-time job in the salary sense – I make a full salary from those eleven hours.

Now I want to be quite clear that I am forever grateful that I have such a flexible, well-paying job. I thank my lucky stars everyday to be in the position I’m in; however, I don’t love those eleven hours. Rarely do I feel inspired while at work and I never look forward to Monday mornings.

So while ‘Quitting by Design’ is currently side hustle, my goal is to make it my main hustle someday, because I firmly believe that you should love ALL of your life, not ‘all except the eleven hours you’re at work.’

Reason #2: I have imposter syndrome.

I have both a medical degree and a law degree. I am board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. I’m even a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.

You know the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none”? That’s me in a nutshell.

I spent much of my time in areas I don’t feel I know as well as “experts” in those fields, and it leads to often feeling like I’m an imposter. However, when I talk about quitting, those feelings are long gone because what does it take to be an expert on successful quitting?

Having done it over and over again.

And I have.

So speaking on quitting allows me to feel like I’m in one of those zen-like states of flow you that you hear are supposed to be one of the keys to happiness. Which goes back to reason #1 – I would love my job if my job involved me being in a state of flow.

Reason #3 – I want to increase the collective happiness level…one person at a time.

If you asked people what are the pain points in their lives, I am sure a good number of them would cite some situation in which they feel stuck: an unfulfilling job, a painful relationship, etc.

So imagine hypothetical John Doe, who doesn’t like his job…

He’s going to get up on Monday morning, likely in a bad mood because he has a full work week ahead of him, then get in a car, where he’s probably more likely to get angry at other drivers because he doesn’t want to be heading to work (those drivers feel it).

Then he gets to work and is likely unpleasant to his coworkers because he doesn’t want to be there (and they feel it), and then after eight hours of grueling work, he comes home and is too mentally exhausted to playfully interact with his kids and wife.

And they feel it.

Look how many people could get caught in the crossfire of one man’s job dissatisfaction!

Unhappiness is contagious and often gets paid forward unintentionally.

For example, that man’s wife then goes on to be unpleasant to her coworkers because her husband is being less than loving to her, or the drivers he angered in traffic go on to anger drivers they encounter later.

This is where I want to step in. By freeing people from situations in which they feel stuck and unhappy, I am making my little attempt to drive the collective happiness meter upward.

Helping people quit very nicely allows me to be in a state of flow, enjoy my job, and help others. It’s the perfect side hustle for me…that hopefully one day will no longer be on the side!!!

Got a question for Lynn Marie?  Post it in the comments below!




Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq. is a physician, attorney and lifelong quitter. Through her ‘Quitting by Design’ website, she helps people carve out successful lives through strategic quitting. Her goal is to de-stigmatize quitting and illustrate what a useful tool it can be in creating a fulfilling life. When not helping people to and through their quits, she is a physician at the Veterans Administration and an adjunct professor of health law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Outside of medicine and law, Lynn Marie trains the Brazilian martial art of capoeira, plays the guitar and bass, and does volunteer work in election reform.




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