The "Quit Your Job" Mindset
Let’s spend a few minutes chatting about this “If you are unhappy then quit your job” mindset.
You see it all over Facebook on countless transformation stories posted by people trying to give you the opportunity to take part in their multi-level marketing. The people telling you to quit your job have probably never had your job, first of all, so they aren’t your best council. Second of all, when did we start glorifying not having a job? Trust me, someone has to have a job to keep all these direct marketing companies going. If you have a full time job with benefits and a retirement plan, a company phone, and a few weeks of PTO, maybe quitting your job isn’t the best change to make. Now, I am the first person to tell you to create your life and live well. I am very aware that people are unhappy, overweight, and overwhelmed and I very much think we should all take steps to get back to a place where we enjoy life. I’m just not the person that’s going to tell you the way to do that is quitting your job. I don’t actually see how that makes sense. My favorite instagram models are waitressing to put themselves through school, and believe me, they make working hard look glam.
I’m not saying you should never quit your job or that making a big life change is wrong. I just want to give you the freedom to keep your career AND have a life you love. I want to give everyone who chooses to work full time a break from all the “quit your job” and “take the risk, spend your electric bill money on this supplement” posts. The idea that turning in your two weeks notice will take your life from netflix and takeout and turn it into beach days and smoothies is a lie. Quitting your job will turn your life into sitting on your couch watching crime shows with crumbs on your pajama pants. If you want a life full of smoothies and beach days, wake up ten minutes earlier so you can make a smoothie before work and go to the beach this weekend with the gas and snacks paid for by, you guessed it, your full time job. You don’t have to quit your job to live well. If you work a full time job, then you spend about 50 hours a week (including commute and time to get ready) working. Every week has 168 hours total, so fill the rest of those hours with things you love.
My point is that quitting your job isn’t your only option if you want to live better. There is no guarantee that you will even have a better life once you quit. It’s okay to keep your job. Figure out what you love to do and go do it, because having a job isn’t what makes your life difficult. Prioritize your time at home. Take some PTO to go on a road trip or take PTO to drink coffee on your couch for a day. Find a hobby that you can do with friends. Get off work and hang out on your back porch with family for a few hours. Stay up late creating and building or just talking, sleep in a few minutes later than usual, then wake up and go to work, hair in a bun and coffee in hand.