Quitting a Job You Hate Is Risky, Here Is a Better Option

1. Assess Your Situation

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? But, it’s a step that’s often overlooked. We all have the tendency to get so wrapped up in how miserable we are, that we neglect to determine what exactly is causing that unhappiness.

So, it’s time to ask yourself some hard questions about your current situation. Is it your position that you hate, or is it your employer? Is there one key piece of your position that puts a sour taste in your mouth? Have you always disliked your job?

I know, this self-analysis likely isn’t the super actionable first step you were hoping for. But, these important questions will lay the groundwork for you to attack the next steps with a clear head and a narrow focus.

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So, what will you do? Are you going to quit your job or stay put and make peace with it?

When you leave your job you get control back and yes, you can do what you love and pursue your passions. But, that only takes so far without a solid plan for making money. There are so many side-hustles and ways to earn extra money at home before you quit. 

Don’t just quit without a plan, be responsible, and plan your exit and transition from the employee to entrepreneur. 

Or if you’re looking for a better job that’s more suited to you, be sure to line it up before you give you two weeks’ notice. 

Your happiness is important, but so is your survival. By making a timeline and a plan, you can have both. 

I’m living proof that you can quit your day job and do what you love. 

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Last Updated on July 31, 2021

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Quotes About Women in the Workforce Quitting

Are you a woman in the workplace who is underpaid and undervalued? With the wage gap and on average a woman’s earning 54 cents to a man’s dollar, it’s no surprise that women are leaving their jobs. And that’s without even mentioning the other crap women deal with on a daily basis in the workplace. These quotes are just for the ladies who are thinking about sending in their resignation letter. 

The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.” — Amelia Earhart

75. “A stay-at-home mom is a working mom. Being a stay-at-home mom is a job.” — Cobie Smulders

76. “I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.” — Margaret Thatcher

77. “To be successful, a woman has to be much bett

77. “To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.” — Golda Meir

  78. “I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants.” — Queen Latifah 

Need some inspiration to get up the nerve to quit a job? This guy’s the real deal …

Have you ever heard of a man named Jon Morrow?    I learned about him when I was reading a post on Problogger.com called How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise and Get Paid to Change the World. 

Jon is one inspirational dude who has made an amazing career for himself as a blogging expert despite the odds being stacked against him.  From day one, Jon was dealt a truly lousy hand.

Jon was born with a fatal disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy.   It’s rare for people born with SMA to live to adulthood.

Jon can’t move from the neck down.  Can you imagine what your days would be like if you faced that kind of physical limitation?   Jon has to depend on others for nearly everything … he can’t feed himself or cloth himself or do much of anything else that requires the physical agility that you and I take for granted each day.  Yet, there is nothing wrong with Jon’s mind; he’s brilliant.

Jon’s medical care for dealing with the issues that stem from SMA come with a high financial price tag. His annual medical expenses in the US were $127,000 a year.   Can you imagine having that kind of crushing financial burden on you year after year after year?

Jon’s troubles did not end there.

In 2006, Jon’s van was hit by a speeding car and he sustained significant  injuries that left him in pain for months.  You might say that his situation was hopeless.    You might have given up.  I can tell you, I would have.   Yet, it was during this period that Jon started to re-evaluate his entire life.   It was during this time when Jon decided to become a blogger and “change the world.”

I don’t want to give away Jon’s whole story, I couldn’t begin to do it justice, so you can read it here.     The bottom-line was that Jon moved to paradise (Mazatlan, Mexico) and found a way to earn a living that supports him, his parents, and pays for a nursing staff using nothing but his voice!

Back to you:  you hate your job and you think you have barriers in your way.   Think about Jon.  Think about what barriers he overcame to have a thriving career and live in paradise.

Your barriers are challenging you to see how much you really want to change. Do you hate your job and want to continue to wallow in your unhappiness?  Or do you really want your life to change?

What are you willing to do to create the life you want?   Are you brave enough to pursue the career you’re dreaming about, or will you continue to enumerate all the reasons why you can’t go after your dream career?

Jon had access to the most legitimate excuses ever and he chose none of them.  Nothing would get in his way.  Nothing.  That’s the kind of outlook you need to assume right now.   That’s the kind of tenacity you need to wear like a second skin.    Get fired up and stay fired up.  Your passion to change will carry you.  Don’t allow your passion to die.

3. Switch Your Perspective

“Stay positive!” is another cliché piece of career advice you hear time and time again when you hate your current position. And, I’m trying my best to stay away from that same tired sentiment. However, I really do believe that a quick shift in your perspective could make a world of difference for you.

When you loathe what you do, it’s all too easy to just feel like you’re biding time—you’re just putting in your hours until you can finally escape from that hellhole. However, that sour, negative attitude isn’t going to make your life any easier. On the contrary, actually. It’ll make things much worse.

So, instead of looking at each workday as another time slot when you need to pay your dues and slop your way through, approach it as a chance to continue refining your skills and conquer new challenges. After all, what’s more challenging than making it through eight hours at a job you hate? Not much.

How long can you take a break from work?

“Don’t take too much time off,” says Marc Cenedella, the founder of the resume service Leet Resumes. “While the current market is very strong, people who opt out for more than a few months might find themselves at a disadvantage in the near future.”

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Those disadvantages are both traditional—it’s easier to get a job when you have a job—and contingent upon our moment in time. “While the job market is doing really well (unemployment is back to March 2020 levels),” Leighton says, “there is also a lot of movement now and the same rules always apply in fields where there is a lot of competition.”

To that end, Cenedella recommends that an ideal break should last about two to three months, but never stretch out for longer than six months. Half a year is the threshold of time that still “doesn’t require excessive explanation” to a prospective employer.

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But always plan and budget accordingly. If you’re planning on taking a three month reprieve from work, maybe allocate a budget for about six months, because, well, things happen. “Sometimes, the best laid plans don’t go as scheduled,” Leighton says. After all, if you’re leaving a job that sapped the joy from life, you’re going to want to hold out for one that you at least think you’ll enjoy.

The benefits you’re getting from a job are also a huge factor, so it’s not really advisable to quit if it means foregoing health insurance as a result. If you’re able to pay out of pocket for healthcare—which is notoriously expensive and might eat into your budget—that’s one thing, but foregoing healthcare might only be feasible for those who can sign onto a plan through their spouse after quitting.

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How Not to Hate Your Job 

Constantly thinking about how much you hate your job might lead you to focus on solving the problem, instead of addressing its causes. 

So, instead of giving your boss feedback, or going after a promotion, you might think that quitting is your only option. 

But it’s not.  

Although you may not see it, there are ways out there to save your steady source of income and keep working in your industry, and they’re easier than you think. 

Start buying assets that support your freedom

I’ve been working a side hustle for the past 8 years, even though my day job provides me more than enough money to support my living expenses. This has two benefits.

  1. It’s provided me a second income stream that is a legit alternative to my 9–5 paycheck.
  2. Having that extra income has allowed me to save gobs of money.

The more money you have, when you make your side hustle your main hustle, the more breathing room you buy yourself if you have a bad month or even a bad year.

Here’s how I use my 9–5 and side hustle to build a flood-proof financial foundation.

What I do with my 9–5 income.

  • Cover all my living expenses.
  • Address my “long-term” assets like filling up retirement accounts, contributing to pensions, and paying down my mortgage.
  • Fill up an emergency fund. My new goal is one year’s worth of living expenses in cash.
  • Fill up smaller pots of money like a car repair fund, a house fund, vacation fund, etc.…

What I do with my side hustle income.

Throw every single penny into assets that will help me sustain financial freedom.

  1. Stocks (through low-cost index funds)
  2. Bonds (through low-cost index funds)
  3. Real estate (physical and through low-cost index funds)

I spend zero seconds a month managing these investments or tinkering with my portfolio. I dedicate my undivided attention to scaling the side hustle, which will provide me more money to throw into these three assets.

Rinse and repeat.

The most important advice about quitting a job you hate …

Do not remain in a state of hate towards your job … it steals your energy.  It robs you of perspective.  Respect what the strong emotion is trying to tell you:  that’s it’s time to leave.

Don’t allow day after day to pass without doing something because that becomes month after month, then year after year.  Pretty soon decades will have slipped by that you cannot get back.

This is YOUR life.  Do not spend it in a soul-sucking, inspiration-draining job.

Steve Jobs had an incredibly insightful way at looking at this:

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something

If you’re in a job you hate, the most important thing for you to do is to stop accepting ANY excuse about why you must stay in that job.    Find a way.  Make a way.  Resolve to make a change.   Commit to that decision.  Don’t let years pass.  This is YOUR LIFE we’re talking about.  Don’t give it away.  Own it.  Take responsibility for it.

The road ahead of you will have its rocks and hills and valleys.    Understand that you’re strong enough to face whatever you need to face.

Don’t stay in a job you hate.    After reading this, there will be many who still say “But, what choice do I have?”     The choice is on your shoulders.  If you believe you have no choices, you won’t look for them.

No one can tell you what to do or how to find the path that’s perfect for you.  So just start.  Explore options.  

Any time you hear yourself say “ I don’t know what to do,”  keep going and doing your best with what you do know.    When you think “this is hard,” remember that change is often hard, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change.   Don’t let any excuse get in your way, even legitimate ones.

Explore the options.  Read more blogs.  Talk to others who can offer insight or help.

Now … right now … is the time to start searching for work that will make your soul sing.   Most people won’t do this.   Most people will accept that work can’t be good, much less great.    Don’t let that be you.  It’ll make all the difference in your life.

Wishing you joy and success along your journey to a job  … a career … a life that you truly love!  ~ J. Marie Novak, Founder of BelieveAndCreate.com

 Need help coming up with a vision for a life you’ll love?  This will help …

Key Takeaways  

And that’s a wrap! We hope that you hate your job a lot less after reading this article (or at least know what to do about it). 

Let’s go over some of the main points we covered: 

  • If you hate your job so much you want to quit, ask yourself ‘why?’
  • You might hate your job because of your boss, or because you feel undervalued there. Or, you might not hate your job at all – you might be suffering from burnout.
  • There are ways to address your job dissatisfaction before straight-up quitting. They include giving feedback to your boss, requesting more frequent performance reviews, or asking for a more flexible schedule.
  • If you’ve made up your mind about quitting, do it after you choose a career you like and send out a dozen applications.
  • Finally, leave on a positive note! Networking is important, so it’s in your benefit to maintain links with your boss and your coworkers.

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