10 Reasons to Quit Your Job
-by Chris Alta
On the way to watch the lunar eclipse down at the river, a friend and I stopped at the store to grab a couple of beers. Then all of a sudden..
It's one of those brand new 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hatchbacks, all pearl white, sweet ride. Then this lady gets out, about 40+ years old gets out and walks into the store. Now I've always been very entrepreneurial and goal oriented so I asked her, "excuse me miss that's a really nice car, if you don't mind me asking what do you do for a living?"
She replies, "I'm a lawyer."
At that point she goes to the back of 7 11 and heads straight for the beer and wine section, grabs two tall cans and a bottle of Carlo Rossi.
I'm wondering why she's drinking so late so I ask her again, "who's that for?"
Then what she said blew me out of the water.."it's for me, don't be fooled by the fancy car and my nice clothes. Sure I'm a lawyer and I have a nice home to go to, a nice car, but I never get to enjoy them. The only time I drive my car is when I go to work, then to lunch, then back home. Other than that I'm always working. Work work work. I honestly hate my job. I had a passion for it before but now it's just routine. But it's safe so what are you gonna do."
That right there said it all, mind you I only asked her who the alcohol was for and she started the confessions of a workaholic lawyer on me. This honestly opened my eyes a little more to reality. So here you go..
10 Reasons to Quit Your Job
1. You Aren't Getting Paid What You're Worth
That's right I said it. You aren't getting paid what you're worth. Sure you might be making $37+ per hour and are working super hard to get ahead in life, but what if the person you work with isn't working as hard and getting paid the same as you? Is that fair? I think not.
You see you've got to find your sense of worth, if you feel that you're worth $37 per hour then keep doing what you do, but if you know you're worth more than make a decision to earn more. This doesn't mean asking for a raise but instead finding a second income stream that generates passive income while you're at your day job. Most people just get content and go with the routine of life like it's their destiny, but that's a load of crap.
Every one wants to be a millionaire but isn't willing to determine their worth. It's as easy as waking up, saying I'm taking action and just doing it. Don't worry if you don't know what you're doing, you'll figure it out along the way.
2. Most People Think Trading Their Time For Money Is The Only Way
This is by far the biggest mistake people make. I've been fortunate to find out early on in my life at the young ripe age of 21 that trading my time for money is STUPID. Look at it this way, would you rather be Donald Trump hanging out in Hawaii, or Donald Trumps employee working in the cubicle?
If you said cubicle then leave this article right now, that's a joke.
Time is literally money, when you give your time to someone else you're making them wealthier and you're really not helping your situation out at all. Perhaps you're earning some "right now" money but you have to think long term. If you stopped working right now would you keep getting paid?
Wouldn't it be nice to get paid even when you're not working, to go to sleep and wake up in the morning, check your bank account and just be paid? Hell yeah it would. Your boss obviously does it. He hits the golf course up and tee's off with his other wealthy friends and they talk about how good life is, meanwhile you're back at the cubicle doing your job.
It's been brainwashed into 95% of the American's that you have to physically be somewhere in order to get paid, complete myth..your boss is a prime example. So don't trade your time for money, it's the worst thing you can do.
3. I'm Too Tired
You ever wonder why Americans are always too tired, because they work soo much! Why get tired and work a long long day, just so you can do it over for 5-6 days a week for the rest of your life. Sure you might have some vacation time (2 weeks tops in a year if you're lucky) but is it worth it to work for 11 1/2 months to get 2 weeks off? Redunkkkkkkulous
I forget where I get this stat but it was said that most Americans around the age of 40-55 die around 7:00am-9:00am on Mondays, because they would rather die than go to work. Funny but true. I bet you've had that same feeling waking up, lets hope that doesn't come true for you.
When you're working so much and you don't have time to do anything, you miss out on a lot of family time, friend time, relaxing time. This results in bad eating habits, being too tired to work out, getting over weight(welcome to America), getting in grumpy moods, the list goes on and on. This cycle will just feed back into you working long hours and getting minimal in return.
4. You're A Modern Day Slave
We'll refer to master as your boss.
You have to wake up at 7:00am every morning because master said so. You have to dress a certain way because master said so. You have to talk a certain way because master said so. You can only eat lunch at a certain time because master said so. You can't park there, that's masters parking space. You've got to get this done in a certain amount of time because master said so. If you want more money, you've got to ask your master. You want some vacation time you say? Better run it by master.
You see you're just a modern day slave, like a guinea pig going through the never ending wheel of shit.
Nobody like to be told what to do and when to do it. You remember the days when your mom or dad would wake you up in the morning for school, and if you didn't get up they'd sprinkle some water on your face or pull the blankets off of you. Well all you really wanted to do was sleep and you hated the fact that someone was telling you what to do and when to do it. There are soo many different scenarios but I figured we could mostly all relate to that one.
Maybe you even went to school where yo had to dress a certain way. You probably didn't like it but you did it anyways because it's what you were told to do.
I don't know about you but I hate being told what to do. No one should be telling you what to do, you're a grown ass man/woman and you can make your own decisions.
5. You Can Get Fired At Any Time - Safe and Secure Job My Ass
Let's say you've been working at a company for 7 years now, you got the job fresh out of college and so that would mean you started at around 22 or 23. So now you're almost 30 and for whatever reason, the company is down sizing and your master..oops I'm sorry boss - your boss comes over and say's those two little words that turn your world upside down.."you're fired."
Like every other adult you've got bills to pay, and probably other mouths to feed if not just your own, perhaps a car payment, student loans, cell phone, electric, water, and so on. What are you going to do? Be lazy and file for welfare? Rely on that 401k pension which can be taken away from you at any time? (The Recession was proof of that)
You might as well quit while you're ahead, because their is nothing safe and secure about a job. Whatever the master says at the top floor goes, so if they're cutting back for whatever reason you're history. Isn't it kind of funny how when you played video games, the master was always at the end and you had to beat him. Like King Koopa at the end of Mario games. Well that's life, except you don't eat some random mushroom and get an extra chance. You go to work, play the game, then fight the boss.
So Safe Secure Job? My Ass man.
6. You Hate It
Odds are you probably hate your job. Your friends are going out to Bob's Bachelor Party.."sorry guys can't make it, gotta work, man I hate my job."
Well shit then do something about it. Stop expecting people to feel sorry for you, they aren't. Why do something you'll eventually get sick of? What because it pays you "good money." That's nonsense. First of all don't even pay attention to money, look at it as freedom. You want to have the freedom and time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. The world wasn't made as this huge beautiful place to be stuck in a cubicle all day.
Chances are if you hate your job, it stresses you out too. Stress shouldn't be in your life, you gotta be happy man. Jobs don't make people happy. I've never once heard someone tell me "man I'm soo happy I love my job soo much, you guys have fun this weekend I'll be at work :)"
..and if they did, I'd slap them across the face and wake them up from being socially brainwashed.
Plain and simple, don't let money run your life.
If something makes you unhappy, then don't do it.
7. Nobody Cares How Long You Work - The Just Want Quick Service
Read the title again, it's true. Nobody really cares how long you work, they just want quick service so they can go back to their lives. So when you make x amount of dollars a month because you worked x amount of hours, nobody cares!
They don't go to your job and say "you're working soo hard, good for you :)"
It's just unrealistic. Get away from the brainwash machine and understand that everyone breathes the same air, the sun shines the same way, some people work 2 hours a day and make $10,000, and you work 2 hours in a day and make $22.75. What's the difference?
They're providing service to people in large masses, instead of one at a time, and they're owning what they do and not working long and hard. Again nobody cares. Give people what they want, scale it up, and in return the money will just be a perk.
The W2 form is the most taxed form there is. You complain about how much taxes they take out of your paycheck but yet you still do the same old job? Come on now, figure it out. It's true, on your lunch breaks it's either you or one of your fellow employees (wait I meant associates if that makes you feel important) who is bitching and moaning about the company, how you don't like this and don't like that, how you can't believe how many taxes they took out of your check this month.
In reality you're basically paying for an office space. That fancy building you work in is paid for by you, that "free" coffee you drink everyday, coming out of your taxes, your master's new suit, you paid for it. Incredible how you thought all of this was free. The only thing free is your mind, that is until you got scheduled for work this week..
9. Everything Is A Liability
You probably won't ever own anything but a car, but that decreases with value as time goes buy and as new models are released. Your fancy house you felt you "deserved" when you got that "high paying job" is still not payed off. I live in California, where mostly everyone wants to live..and a nice 3,000 sq ft home runs you about $550,000, in Southern California that would run you around $900,000. Do you honestly think you are ever going to own that house working a 9-5.
Maybe when you're 55 years old, but the whole time you had that house you never had time to enjoy it because you were always working! Wherever you live I'm sure there's a "rich side" of town where all the nice houses are. If you drive by those neighborhoods you will notice that you never see anyone coming outside, the light are never on. The houses are nice, but no ones ever home. That's because they're out working, or because they get home and go to sleep.
So when you work a 9-5 everything is a liability. People will say that your house is your biggest asset. WRONG. Let's establish what an asset and a liability is.
Liability: Takes Money out of your pocket
Asset: Puts Money into your pocket.
So if your house is your biggest asset, but you keep paying bills..(money being taken out of your pocket) then how it is an asset? Sounds more like a liability.
Until you own that house and can rent it out, it's a liability.
10. You're Better Than That
You are better than your 9-5 job. I see my dad get up everyday for work and he's 51 now, he goes into the same routines all the time. He'll get home tired, eat some dinner, then lay on the couch and watch the world series of poker or boxing, then he'll fall asleep. He never has any time to be productive, to hang out with friends or do anything else. He seems tired and miserable all the time.
Chances are you're headed in the same direction of being tired and miserable. You're going to eventually hate dealing with people and their problems because you'll have problems of your own. You will eventually have debt because you'll be borrowing and spending money that you don't have.
You're smart enough to know that a 9-5 job isn't the way to success. You're smart enough to know that your job doesn't teach you how to make money, it teaches you how to work for money.
If anything I've told you gets your blood pumping even just a little bit, it's because it's true. That's a good thing. You're already stepping in the right direction, good job.
I realized this a few months back when I was out looking for a job. I'd gotten hired as a busser at a high end Italian restaurant, the same day I got hired I quit. Came home and told my parents, when they asked me why I quit I said.."I'd rather be happy and broke then have money and be unhappy."
That struck my parents hard because they didn't think I'd have an answer like that.
Material things come and go guys, that's not what life is about. Yes it's nice to have new this and new that, but eventually the new will become old as soon as newer stuff comes out.
I'll leave you with this quote from my boy Albert Einstein
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"
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