Quit Your J-O-B and get a life.

Posted on February 24, 2010

When my friend John and I were in New York last week, we connected with some new friends. As we talked about their dreams for the future, it become clear that one of them was languishing in her job even though it was a great stepping stone right out of college. She absolutely hates going to work, and she is barely making a living. In fact, she can make 4 or 5 times as much money working as a waitress at a swanky New York club.

Wanna know what I told her to do?
“Quit your JOB!”

She is miserable, and she isn’t cut out to work in the corporate environment which means alot of hours, alot of sucking up, and alot of waiting for people to step aside so you can work your way up the ladder. For some, it works. For her, she’ll never make it in my estimation.

She is an entrepreneur. She wants to do her own thing. She wants to live out her dreams.¬†Granted…she is right out of college, but she has skills.

Are you bored with your job?
Or, are you just plain sick of it altogether?

For many of us, the work “job” now has a connotation of putting in the time in order to get paid. It feels like jumping through someone else’s hoops in order to move up an arbitrary ladder. It can feel like a duty or obligation rather than a calling or passion. Have you ever thought about quitting? Think about it!


  • BECOME A FULL-TIME VOLUNTEER in your workplace.
    Write your resignation letter, but don’t tell your boss. When you show up at work tomorrow, you are now a full-time volunteer. You’re there for the sole purpose of “serving” the people around you. It’s not about what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s not about you anymore, and it’s not about doing your job out of obligation. Now, it’s about your clients, co-workers, employees, and boss. Ask them how you can help them. Find out what would make their job easier, better, or more fulfilling. Ultimately, help them win! See how your perspective starts to change. See if your “job” takes on a whole new look and feel. By the way, when you get your paycheck, you’ll now be blown away that they actually pay you for volunteering!
    What if you decided that you never wanted another job again? What if you committed to never doing something for money that you didn’t love? Maybe it’s crazy to quit your job before you find what you really want to do…but have you even started to think about the path of your life? If you’re sick of your job, then why are you willing to just live with it? As my relatives say in the South, “Sometimes a dog would rather sit and howl about a thorn in his foot than actually get up and have his owner do something about it.” Pick up the 2010 version of What Color Is Your Parachute? and start to figure out what you want to do that would be fulfilling. Ask the One who made you what you were designed to do…then listen.
    What if you absolutely HAD to start a business that allowed you to live out your passion? What if you pushed beyond all the fears and actually did it? Once again, you might be nuts to quit your job first and then start the business. Maybe, you should be starting it right now on the side! Maybe you should get The 4-Hour Workweek and be inspired to do your own thing. What have you always dreamed of doing? Making and selling a product? Starting your own graphic design business? Becoming a writer? If you REALLY wanted to make it, I believe you can. Do you?

I love the fact that I don’t have a J-O-B, and I’m making it work. Two years ago, I jumped off the deep end of life, and I didn’t have an income at all. I had $3,000, a credit card, no place to live, and now job. Unfortunately, I racked up quite a bit of debt on the card in my “survival” mode, but I’ll definitely be able to pay it off this year. Although I’d never recommend doing what I did, I love the ultimate results and what I’m doing now. By running my own marketing and photography companies, I’m able to support my family and free up my time. I absolutely love working with the 8TRACKstudios team members to serve our clients, and I’m so happy to have all the freedom to create resources that motivate and inspire others. Every day when I wake up, I commit myself to serving the people I work with…my clients and my team members. It’s not about me. It’s about blessing them with a great experiences and services.

How about you?
Are you ready to quit your J-O-B?

3 Replies to "Quit Your J-O-B and get a life. "

  • christiefarley
    February 24, 2010 (5:37 pm)

    I’m going to try the “Volunteer” thing and see what happens – I am laughing b/c it’s bound to work.

  • David Trotter
    February 24, 2010 (5:46 pm)

    DO IT…and let us know how it goes!

  • Joe Randeen
    February 24, 2010 (5:56 pm)

    Great article. Seems to be a hot topic in this economic climate.

    Many see times like these the perfect time to make a career change because they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Being ‘happy’ with your job is so very important.

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