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6. Quit your job if you don’t like it

I am not one to tell someone to quit their job on a whim. But if you wake up dreading going to your job and hate working there, you need to quit.

Or if you don't dread it, it's just sort of vanilla, you need to quit. 

Or if you don't feel that you are fully aligned with the absolute best use of your time and talents on the planet, you need to quit.

Does that about cover it?

Think of it this way. For most people, the time they spend at their job represents the largest time commitment of their entire life -- even more than sleeping! 

So would any rational, sane person go back to the beginning of their life to plan the whole thing and say, “_To start out with, I plan to spend one-third of my time on this beautiful blue-green ball floating through the sky in misery. I am going to surround myself with people that I don’t like, and report to someone who treats me like crap. And if it all possible, I am going to work for a nameless, faceless organization that is profiting somehow by making the earth a worse place to live._”

You might say to me, “But this is a tough economy. I am doing the rational and sane thing sticking it out during these times.”


If you are working in a job you hate, you are not rational and sane. And you are needlessly throwing away your life’s energy. 

You got yourself into that situation and now it is time to be a prima mover and get yourself out. 

Step #1 -  Write a draft of your resignation letter. You don’t have to turn it in just yet. You’ll get a lift from simply writing it. Here's a basic sample to get you started: http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/resumesandletters/a/sampleletrres.htm

Step #2 - Cut all unnecessary expenses. This includes Netflix and Spotify. Sell all of your crap until you have all the necessary items in one bag. 

Step #3 - Sell your place or move to somewhere that is much less expensive. Some options: Get a roommate, move to the countryside, move to another country where the cost of living is much lower. 

Step #4 - For each of the five values that you listed in the last step, brainstorm 10 jobs, fields, or companies that you could work in that align with that value. Complete for all 5 values. Circle the ten ideas that excite you the most. Start to pursue opportunities in those fields. Don't take no for an answer. Offer to intern or start on a temporary basis if it is field that you are fired up about. If possible, try to work directly for a master or expert at something (if you chose to work for someone else).

Step #5 - Complete the 80/20 exercises on this page to further clarify the type of work you can do that adds the most value and that best suits your unique skill set.: http://www.the8020principle.com/go/HotTopics.html 

Step #6: List yourself as a free agent on eLance, oDesk and Craigslist. Charge 2x what you think you should charge.

Step #7: Start a side internet business. To cover this point fairly would take a lot more than a bullet point. If you’re new to this idea or don’t know where to start, I recommend that you start here: How to Make Money Online.  It will be the best $0.99 you’ll ever spend if you actually apply the advice given. 


Step #8: Turn in your letter of resignation

That felt good, right?

Suck it, Zuckerberg!

Note: I am not a big fan of quitting a job without a safety net. That can add unnecessarily stress that will not necessarily contribute to your being freer and happier and creating the life you want. That’s why I recommend you complete steps 1-7 before quitting. However, having said that, if have ever said “I am seriously going to throw myself out that window if I have to go in another day” (even if you didn’t mean it literally), quit tomorrow. Seriously. 

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