It’s coming up on six weeks since I left my job to do bigger and better things with my precious, continuously decreasing, time and energy. As the dust continues to settle, my feelings about this big move become more and more positive and stable. This morning, as I was thinking of sharing with you the reasons behind my move, I remembered back to an article I read on StevePavlina.com, called “10 Reasons Why You Should Never Get a Job“. I decided not to write a competing post, because, well, I’d look like an amateur because this post says it all and says it incredibly well.
If you haven’t yet questioned the idea of having a job and participating in a lifestyle that has already been designed for you, I encourage you to read that post. In all honesty, I agree with everything he says and these reasons are exactly why I made the decision to get out now, before my whole life wastes away. For crying out loud, I’m almost 30 years old. The years are going quick now.
Reasons Why I Jumped Ship
First off, I want to share my own reasons for why I made this move:
- I want to be an entrepreneur. – This is first and foremost. I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid.
- I wasn’t living paycheck to paycheck anymore. – I saved half my income for several years and therefore, didn’t NEED to go to work just to earn a paycheck anymore.
- I felt undervalued. – One of two things was the cause here: Either I was flat out undervalued or I just couldn’t deliver the kind of value I wanted to. It doesn’t matter which was true, I didn’t feel good about it.
- I was worn out. – I was dead to the world every day after work.
- I had no time to do what I cared about. – I was expected to work 40+ hours. Could I have gotten everything done in less time? Yes. Did that matter? No. The end result was that I had to give half of my awake time during the week to my employer, which meant limited time for my friends and family and for working on things I cared about like this site and other entrepreneurial endeavors.
- I became more and more negative. – I found myself saying negative things constantly while at work and about other people. What was I turning into that I had to put others down in order to get by? I had become a person that I didn’t want to be. I was sacrificing who I was and who I wanted to be just to earn a paycheck.
- I wasn’t getting any younger. – I was getting close to 30 and knew that decisions would have to happen soon if they would at all. Life was passing me by.
Why I’m Just Not Into Jobs
Second, let me share some of the reasons on my mind on why being an employee was something I didn’t want to be anymore:
- I couldn’t work less hours. – I only wanted to work 20 hours or less a week there going forward. Why couldn’t I cut my time commitment? Well, it just wasn’t allowed. It was either over 40 hours or none. I decided to choose none because while working 40+ hours, I couldn’t give my family and friends the time they deserved, I couldn’t work on my business as much as I wanted to and to be honest, I was getting fat and out of shape while not eating very well. I needed more time and energy to keep my life together in a way that matched my values.
- I didn’t own what I created. – Everything I created was owned by the company I worked for. That sounded like a raw deal to me. In my own business, I own everything I do. If I build something today, I still own it in a year from now, even if I stop working on it.
- I didn’t have control of how things were done. – I couldn’t do things the way I believed they should be done. That caused a lot of frustration and made me care less about the whole thing.
- I had no control over my pay. – I earned what my boss wanted to pay me. I wanted to be in control of my income.
All in all, the idea of having a job didn’t make logical sense to me anymore. It’s not that this job in particular was bad, because it wasn’t. But the idea of having job in the first place seemed to me like something I should only do if absolutely necessary. And the reality was, with zero debt, zero financial commitments that I couldn’t walk away from if I needed to, no need to make any large purchases in the next several years and close to $90,000 in liquid, non-retirement savings/investments (4-5 years of my annual expenditures), I just couldn’t convince myself that a job was necessary anymore.
Now for That Update on My Life
Let me first tell you that yesterday was the first time in over a month that I needed to wake up to an alarm clock. I had a brunch date to get to so I had to use the old alarm clock. I was glad to see that it still worked. Yes, that means that seven days a week now, I get out of bed… whenever the heck I feel like it, the way we should all start our days.
Secondly, days often go by during the week without even using my car, so it sits down in the garage just collecting dust. Thoughts again have resurfaced about selling it and downgrading. I’m lukewarm on it now though after a phone call last week, in response to my craiglist ad. Some guy tried to talk me down by saying there was a black model just like mine in his hometown for $1,000 less. “Go buy it”, I told him. He’s barking up the wrong tree if he thinks I need to dump a perfectly good car for pennies on the dollar. Talk to ya later, buddy!
Aw, I can tell you that the weather’s been GREAT here in Minnesota this past month. Leaving my job in July was probably the best thing I ever did. I’ve been out almost daily on my bike for a few mile ride through the neighborhood. I pass by the local golf course, where I shot some nice golf the other day. I get my podcast episodes in on these peaceful bike rides while getting fresh air and Vitamin D. I’m officially more tan due to all this time outside than I’ve been since I was a kid. In fact, I feel like a kid again on summer vacation.
Additionally, I’ve been playing more golf than usual, going on more walks, taking a stab at playing tennis, driving less, getting more sun, swimming more, spending less money, cooking more, eating healthier and spending WAAAAAY more time with my family and friends than I have in years.
My little nephews who barely knew me before this jump, now call me Uncle Kraig and welcome me every time I come over and we have a blast playing with toys or being outside. What a fun time that has been. It’s been so great spending time with my family. And with my girlfriend having Wednesday’s off this summer, we’ve been having some fun Wednesdays staying as far away from cubicles and florescent lights as humanly possible. Did I mention we’ve been playing tennis?
Anyway, enough is enough. Let’s just say that I’m enjoying my summer in a way I haven’t since I was a kid. Am I working on things too? You bet I am. But with the advice of some successful entrepreneurs I look up to, I’m not going to rush into trying to make money with my business because in return, I’ll end up compromising my values and putting people off. Like I mentioned above, I only will do that if absolutely necessary. And again, it’s not. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy this wonderful time and live in the present, something many of us (me included these past few years) struggle to do.
Category: Doing What You Love