Why You Don’t Have To Quit Your Job To Change The World

There’s a common perception in the internet world that in order to be truly happy you have to quit your job, and that if you’re not working on your own terms you aren’t living up to your own potential.

A few years ago, I drank that kool aid regularly. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve developed a greater appreciation for not only entrepreneurs but for those who hold jobs as well.

I’m not sure when all jobs became soul sucking endeavors, but obviously not everyone hates their job.

To be perfectly honest I’m tired of the quit your job bandwagon. It’s thrown too many people under a blanket that doesn’t necessarily  fit. Jobs aren’t bad.

Yes, some people hate their jobs with every fiber of their being, but on the other side, there are millions of people who genuinely enjoy what they do.

Sure, if you’re unhappy with your job by all means do what you have to do to find your inner peace. But if you’re enjoying your job and sincerely believe you are making a difference, don’t feel like you have to quit just because everyone else is doing it.

The truth of the matter is, entrepreneurship is hard. It’s not easy, and it’s certainly not for everyone. Can we stop pretending there is only one way?

It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself an entrepreneur or you have to report to your boss everyday. What matters is that you live in a career environment that brings out the best in you, one that leaves you knowing that you’re making a difference.

If you enjoy the every day turbulence of the entrepreneurship than by all means be an entrepreneur.

If you’d rather give your services and talents to a company that you believe in by all means bust your ass at that job.

Or perhaps your current situation is a hybrid of entrepreneurship and the corporate world.

It doesn’t matter.

You don’t have to quit your job to change the world.

The only requirement to changing the world is waking up passionate about what you do.

If you can do that, everybody wins.

5 replies
  1. Thomas Frank says:

    Couldn’t agree more. There are tons of people out there building awesome things while still holding down a day job. Just look at Jeff Dunn, the guy who runs Edudemic. His site has EXPLODED, and he’s personally written over 1,100 of the articles there. The next most frequent posting team member has written 35. Yet, Jeff’s still working a full-time job at Harvard. So you can definitely do both. Or you can find fulfillment in a job alone, as long as it gives you the freedom and autonomy you need. When I went to Austin, I met with the guys who started Ivy Worldwide. Their employees are just that – employees – however, they’re location independent and get to work with a small team and feel like entrepreneurs themselves. 

  2. skooloflife says:

    I saw this on my twitter earlier and made sure that I came back and read it. It’s funny because you’re spot on with this and I think it’s  post that deserves more attention and more discussion . Also glad to see you’re using Livefyre  :).  There’s  really great book you might enjoy by Jonathan Acuff called Quitter. It’s about how held down a day job for three years while building two wildly popular blogs and became a best selling author. Don’t worry, he’s on my list to interview for blogcastFM. But the gist of it was that it’s possible to do both. in fact he says that the fact the had a paycheck coming in made so much more possible. Sure it was a hell of a lot of work, but anything worth doing is. Very thought provoking post. 

  3. joostharmsen says:

    quitting you’re job to be happy? Anyone who says that is full of sh*t! for example i’m happy with my job.. and i can’t imagine that i would be happier if i would quit my job! :))

  4. Jim says:

    Sorry I’m late (by 4 years), but I’ll make up for lost time…
    Honestly, a job to me is simply how I pay for the rest of my life. The best job to me was the one I had in Colorado that was boring as hell and unfulfilling, but paid the bills so I could go to the mountains on the weekends and live the life I really wanted.
    If the job makes me happy at the same time, bonus, but like Larry Winget said, it’s called work for a reason. I work to live, not live to work.

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