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When is it Time to Quit your Regular Job?

Updated on May 28, 2016

Working a job we don't like can be extremely boring. All we can do is wait for the weekends and forget everything. Waking up every day wondering what the hell happened to our lives. Living our life only waiting for retirement.

It is not good to have a job we don't like, but hating our job can have serious consequences for our mental and physical health.


Being Chained to our Jobs

I really enjoy a quote from the movie "Fight Club": "We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like". The problem is when we actually need the things we buy. If you have a family who relies on your income, you can give yourself the luxury of being unemployed for a few months.

So, before you consider leaving your job, it is very important to have some savings and a plan on what you are going to do after you stop working.

Saving Some Money

The first thing you need to do before you quit your job is saving money. I would advise to have money to live for at least one year after you quit your job. If one year seems too much for you, try to save for at least six months. To do that, you will need to cut some expenses.

You will need to identify which expenses are essential and which are not. Make an excel sheet and put everything you expend in it. Write everything up.

After one month, you will be able to identify which expenses you can cut off. If you can't cut anything, maybe you should reconsider if leaving your job is that important to you.


Making a Plan

After you quit your job, you will need to have a plan for the future. You will need to find another job or to find another way to make some money.

Maybe you will have to go back to college or take some courses. You have to consider all of these things.

Make a plan. Set short-term goals and long-term goals. You don't need to get caught up chained to another job you hate.

Don't be Afraid to Fail

I know that everything I have said here told you to be very careful before you quit your job. Well, that is just to make sure you do not regret any decisions you make.

But the main point in life is to be happy. And to be happy we can't be subjugated by fear. We cannot let fear rule our lives. We must believe in ourselves and do what we thing is the right thing to do.

So, in order to be successful, you need to get rid of your fear. Do what you want to do.

Don't stay at a job you hate for the rest of your life.

Someday I was reading an article that stated the top 10 complaints from people with terminal diseases. Most of them were work-related. They said they wanted to have spent more time with their families. They said they wish they hadn't worked so much.

What I am trying to say is that life is extremely short. We need to make the most of it.

Freedom is the Key to a Happy Life

No matter what we do, we need to feel free. If we feel suffocated, we can never find peace. If we don't find peace we can never find happiness. It may seem cliché, but I bet most people do not actually stop to think about this.

I had a job that made my life miserable. I made a good amount of money, had stability but was not near satisfied. Why was that? I did not feel I was free.

Only after I quit my job and started chasing my dreams I was able to live well again. I don't make the same money I made before but that doesn't matter anyway. As long as I can live well, money is not a big deal to me.


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Summing up, if you are not satisfied with your job, it is time to consider finding something else to do in life.

If you can't find another job in your field or if you do not like your field, you may want to build new skills to find an unrelated job. To do that, you will need to have time and if you need to leave your job right now, just make sure you have some savings to live for some time.

Talk to your family first. If their lives depend on what you earn, ask their opinion first. If they are okay with it, just go for it.

I'm sure that if you be careful, plan your exit early and stick to your plan, you will be able to succeed too.

My personal experience was very good. Finally, I can say that I am truly happy.

Tell me Your Opinion

Now, I would like to hear some experiences. Did you quit a job you didn't like? How was it for you. Share your experiences with us in the comments.


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    • Marcelo Faria profile image

      Marcelo Faria 20 months ago from Brazil

      First of all, thank you for your comment. I hope I can answer your questions.

      Us = Everyone reading this Hub

      What would I say ten years from now?

      Well, I really can't say that. Maybe I will not even be alive ten years from now. All I can say is about today. And for today, I can tell you I made the right decision.

      Who is my target audience?

      People who are not happy with how their lives are going. More specifically, with their jobs. Maybe they can feel some empathy while reading this hub. If it can be helpful to someone, I am already happy.

    • kallini2010 profile image

      kallini2010 20 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      I was wondering who is "us" - as in "share your experiences with us".

      I had a feeling that you were writing from the I-singular perspective.

      What is your target audience for this article?

      Mostly, the article left me wondering - what is YOUR experience?

      Nobody can be entirely free or happy all the time. The unhappiness people have is due mostly to the wrong assumptions not to say that when we say people we mean people who have choices and resources.

      But as far as advice goes, the experience as such can be illuminating years after decisions are made and actions are taken.

      So, what would you say ten years from now?

      So, with that in mind, who is your target audience?