How to Embrace Uncertainty and the Unknown

Hoang Samuelson
5 min readJul 17, 2022

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I recently quit my job as an accountant to focus on writing and editing full-time. This is my first official week doing just that.

But this is not one of those “I quit my job to pursue my lifelong dream” kind of story. Rather, it’s one of those “I quit my job and I have no idea what’s next” kind of story.

First, let me back up and tell you how I became an accountant.

I came into accounting many years ago because I had worked in the finance sector as a bank teller. One day, while I was chatting with a former boss, he told me that I would make a good accountant. At the time, I was going back to school for some accounting courses because I figured I needed some specific knowledge in my background other than “customer service,” something solid that can translate into a real salary beyond the meager $12/hour I was making. Yes, my friends. I did the “Asian thing,” which is where you give in to other people’s opinions and declarations about what you should do career-wise and opt for the option that seems to be the most stable. I became a walking cliché.

Fast forward to this conversation with my old boss, a nice guy even though he played favorites. (I don’t think I was one of his favorites). He told me…



Hoang Samuelson

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