Why I Quit My Job To Blog
I’ve been driving to work in the dark, before the sun is up, for years. I’ve always worked strange hours, because I’ve worked at places that don’t operate during normal business hours, and because I’m usually juggling a couple part-time jobs. All while I’ve been a full time student, taking 15-18 hours a semester. My senior semester of college I would get up at 5am to work at my job as a research assistant for the university, then go to class all day, then head over to my second job and work there until around 7pm. And then sometimes I’d go back to do the university afterwards to do more work as a research assistant. And I hadn’t even started my homework and studying yet.
So, I’ve missed more than just sunrises. I’ve missed a lot of sunsets too. I’ve missed hanging out with my dog all day on the couch on Sundays (because I always work Saturdays and Sundays). I’ve missed parties, birthdays (on my 21st birthday, I was working as a server and worked a double all day), sleep, hanging out with my friends.
At the time, it was all fine, most of the time I really enjoyed working as a research assistant for the university, and it really connected me with “my people” and my professors. I enjoyed my major so school wasn’t that overwhelming (except physics and organic chem….).
But when I graduated and began my new full-time (ish) career (still juggling several very different part time jobs to add up to a full time income), I realized things were different. I didn’t find my job(s) fulfilling anymore. And ithey wasn’t paying that much more than what I had been making at a job that I had loved (and let me bring my dog with me to work!).
I felt that I had more to contribute to society than what I was doing.
I felt that I had a greater purpose.
And I was also tired of feeling like I was missing entire days of my life, because I wasn’t doing anything that I found meaningful.
So I quit.
I quit to spend more time doing things that I love. I quit because it didn’t make me happy. I quit because life is short and I was wasting mine. I quit because I love working on this blog full-time. I quit because I’d rather be an Uber driver or a pet-sitter part-time while I make my blog my priority than work at something that doesn’t mean anything to me. I quit because I have so much I am eager to learn still and not enough time in the day to do it. And because I wanted to sleep in (for a couple days) and take my dog camping.
I realize not everyone has the luxury of just waking up one morning, realizing they don’t find their career fulfilling, and quitting. I realize not everyone generates enough income from side hustles to make quitting their full time career a viable option. I realize many people think they’re too old, too stuck, too far into their career, too uneducated, too scared, too concerned about their dependents, and on and on and on.
But I also think that many people are wasting their lives away.
Guess what? I didn’t know anything about blogging or finances when I first got started. I could barely even use my computer (that is not an exaggeration), let alone website designing, building, marketing, etc.! I knew I needed to pay my credit card bill in full every month, and not spend more money than what I made, but that was about all I knew finance wise.
I didn’t understand investing or even how to save money. I probably didn’t even know what dividends were. But I knew I could learn and that I could work hard, hard, hard to make it happen. And now I have my very own website, that I built and developed, all by myself. All it took was me believing in myself.
I think if you hate your job, then quit it. You don’t have to do it today, or tomorrow, or this month. But sit down and construct an actual plan, an actual goal, that is meaningful to you. Find a way to get out of your dead-end job and spend your days doing what you love. Find a way to contribute to society in a way that’s meaningful to you.
If you had no bills to pay, and all day long to do whatever you wanted, how would you spend it? Take your answer(s), and think of a way that it can generate enough income for you to live comfortably. If you said fishing, then write a book about fishing, start a blog about fishing, become a fishing guide, develop and market your own lure, whatever.
You can start small. Just cut your hours back at the job you hate a tiny bit at first, and take those hours and dedicate them to finding a way to make money off doing what you love (at first, you don’t even have to be thinking about the money, just meditate on how much better you feel and have fun! I mean, you haven’t even quit your job yet, so you don’t need to be worrying about the money at first).
My point is that I understand everyone is different and each situation is unique, but if you aren’t excited to wake up in the morning and go to work most days (even the best jobs can have their off days), then why don’t you think of what would get you excited? And then why don’t you do it? What’s really stopping you?
Stop wasting your own time! Your time has value to it, but it’s up to you to determine your value.