My boss said, “We’re going to have to do something about you being late all the time”.
So I said, “You’re right. I quit.”
He said, “What?! No, I didn’t mean it that way. I don’t want you to quit your job! I just mean you need to get here on time!”
I said, “Yeah, I know. But I’m always going to be late because I really don’t want to be here.”
It wasn’t anything personal.
But it wouldn’t have mattered if I lived next door or slept under my desk.
Why? Because I’m always going to be late to something that I hate doing and don’t want to do.
So, I packed up my stuff, said ‘bye’ to everyone and left.
That guy is dead now. Life’s short.
I think jobs get a bad rap, though.
Lots of home-based entrepreneurs and network marketers make fun of “jobs” and “employment”.
Or they call it a “J.O.B.” which they say means “just over broke ha ha”.
I don’t feel that way. Mostly because I like living in a world where I don’t have to cook my own food in restaurants. I like that someone at the grocery story will ring me up so I don’t have to use the self-checkout.
I like that someone else is available to mow my yard, clean my cars and put mail in my mailbox.
So, I’m grateful for jobs.
But I don’t want one. And I don’t think you should have one, either.
I know that sounds hypocritical. But, working for someone else just wasn’t for me and no matter how long I did it, it was never going to be for me. I’ll bet it’s not for you, either.
Anytime I had a job, I just always felt like something was being taken from me. Like, I wasn’t quite a person anymore.
I didn’t like that there was a certain time that I could go eat lunch. And that I had to be back at a certain time.
It seemed silly to me that one grown human being should treat another person that way.
And, it also felt weird working next to people who didn’t give that a second thought. They were all busy working to get promoted to a job they didn’t even want.
So, I don’t think jobs are bad. But, if you have one, I think you should quit. Here are a few reasons why…
1. The job is going to quit you, anyway.
We quit our farms 300 years ago and started having apprenticeships. Then we quit the apprenticeships to work in the factories. Then we quit the factories to work in office cubicles.
The office cubicles aren’t going to last either.
You don’t want to be sitting in one when they disappear.
2. You don’t need a job. You need an income.
They’re not the same thing.
Today, there’s literally no limits to how much money you can earn “on your own” if you have access to the Internet. You can learn to write code. You can learn illustration. You can sell stuff on Etsy.
More and more, people are discovering that their “side hustle” might pay the bills if they work it right.
If you can earn the same amount of money (or more) on your own gig….why would you sell your time to a boss? And why wouldn’t you quit your job?
3. Most jobs created in the last 10-years are freelance or part-time.
That has nothing to do with political parties. It’s a sign of technology advancement and leverage.
4. Productivity is for robots, not people.
A job is lost every time a programmer writes a line of code.
After the steam-shovel was invented, 1 man could do the job of 20 men with shovels.
After the word processor was invented, 1 woman at an office could do the job of 5 people in the art department. (Anyone remember the phrase “desktop publishing”?)
This isn’t good, bad, right or wrong. It’s just the way of the world. The thing that trips people up is that they think this process is all in the past and that it’s not still happening.
The trick to making a fortune is to work WITH the flow, not against it.
5. You’re going to get fired anyway
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that the company “owes” them something for their “loyalty”.
A friend of mine got laid off after working for a company for 16 years. He said, “I can’t believe they would do this to me!”
Why not? He wasn’t the owner. He wasn’t the owner’s son. He wasn’t the owner’s son-in-law.
People get sideswiped by a lay-off or a downsizing because they treat their job like a girlfriend or a boyfriend.
“We’ve been together so long! I can’t believe he’d dump me….”
My friend, I’m sorry to tell you. But you were in a long-term relationship with someone who had short-term plans.
Please be clear on this: the company’s job is to create a profit through providing the best goods and services they can for the consumer at a price they can afford.
If the company is loyal to anyone, it’s to the customer and the stockholders. Not to the employees.
I don’t think most companies WANT to be harsh with employees.
But look at a company like a ship with a crew.
The crew that they need to get out of harbor might not be the same crew they need to compete in a race in open waters with other ships.
6. It doesn’t make financial sense.
Think about it. You’re hired to create a certain amount of value for the company, right?
Let’s say you produce $1 of value. And you have a supervisor who has a manager who has a district manager who has a regional manager who has a vice president who has a president who has a CEO who has a board of directors who has stockholders to please…..
…how much of that $1 do you think you’re going to get?
Once upon a time, a CEO made about 4X what an employee would make. Today that number can be closer to 200X.
Take that fact and consider it next to the ones we’ve already discussed and do you know what that means?
It means that, if someone in Bangalore can do the same job as you for 1/100th of the pay….you’re out. No need to quit your job, you’re OUT!
Besides, you’re expensive. I know you might not feel that way when you look at your paycheck, but consider what it COSTS the company to have you on the payroll to produce that hypothetical $1 of value.
Benefits. Vacation time. Health care. Sick days. Human error.
It adds up. It’s not good, bad, right or wrong. There’s nothing political in this example. It’s just math.
7. You’re not happy there anyway, so quit your job.
Some of you are thinking, ”Now, Tony, here’s where you’re wrong. I love my job.”
No, you don’t.
”Yes, I do.”
No, you don’t.
”Yes, I do.”
No, you don’t. You only think you do.
(That sounds like something from When Harry Met Sally, doesn’t it?)
But the truth is that you don’t love your job. And if you think you do, it’s only because you’re standing too close to it and you’re comparing it to other jobs you’ve had that you don’t like.
It’s like someone saying, “This steel ball that’s chained around my ankle is so pretty! It’s not nearly as uncomfortable as the ones I used to have!”
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying you don’t love your work.
You might ADORE your work.
But no one likes a job.
Not when you compare it to any other situation in which you could do the exact same tasks and still get paid the same amount of money.
No one likes:
- the meetings
- the forced relationships with people you wouldn’t otherwise be caught in the same room with
- the office politics
- being told when you can go to lunch
- watching people get promoted who are less capable than you
- having your behavior scrutinized every day by HR to make sure you’re not violating some rule in the 600-page company handbook
- worrying that something you say is going to get misconstrued and turned into a complaint
- spending all that time getting up, getting ready, fighting traffic and feeling like a rat on a treadmill
- being away from your friends and/or family
- sitting at work and wishing you were wood-working or making crafts of shooting photos or at the beach or reading a book
- dealing with the petty people at work who think you need to know all about their love lives
- getting paid about 10% of what you could earn if you did the exact same work directly for the customer
You might like some of the people you work with.
You might love the actual tasks you do.
You might like the emotional payoff from completing a project.
But, none of that is the same as “loving my job”. Because you can do all those things without the job.
My point here is NOT that you should hate your job.
Not at all.
In fact, when I quit the last job I had, I told my boss:
“Hey, I’m going to have to quit. My business has taken off and it’s actually costing me more money to come to work every day than I’m earning.
But I want you to know that I appreciate you giving me a job when I was looking for one….and I want you to know that I’ll do anything I can to make my transition one that’s really easy for you and the company. I appreciate you.”
And I’m not saying that you should get ticked off and start showing up to work as a grump.
I’m not saying that you should walk in, tell someone off and slam the door on your way out.
But I am saying that standing on a rug that someone can pull out from under you at any moment is a dangerous thing to do for a long time.
And the longer you do it, the more dangerous it gets.
If you don’t have your escape hatch set up….I’d recommend working on that right away. You’ll almost certainly need it.
And chances are good that, if you’ve read this far, you already know that you need to make some new decisions.
I say you should go for it.
Life’s a choice. Choose well.
With thanks to Tony Rush
PS. Working for yourself has its own set of challenges. I’m not telling you that starting your own business is a cakewalk.
But, at least you have control.
Here’s a phrase that set me free: the more responsibility you take for things, the more freedom you have.
The corollary to that statement is this: how much can I take responsibility for today?
It’s a good question to ask if you are about to quit your job.
PPS. If you need some ideas for a “side hustle”, check out Skillshare.com or Lynda.com. Either site is good. They provide really great videos about all kinds of topics. It’s possible that you’ve already got a marketable skill/talent that you can monetize.
PPPS. You don’t have to quit your job until you’re ready. Most people start something in their part-time alongside what they’re already doing.
It might cut into your TV time….but so what? Live your life in a way that what you’re doing for yourself is more interesting than whatever is on Netflix.
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