I Quit my job + 7 things I loved about it

June 5, 2016 — 22 Comments

The time has come to venture on. I hit five years at my job a few weeks ago, and in one more week I’ll be unemployed. If you’ve read any of my posts lately, you’ll likely not be surprised:

My Cage
Anxiety Attacked
My wife and I are cheating on each other

What made the decision final was the realization that my job isn’t getting me closer to the person who I want to be. In fact, in the last few months, it was taking me the other direction as the stress turned me into a curmudgeon at work and a crankpot at home.

Oh yeah, there’s also the fact that since we came back from our round the world trip 2.5 years ago, my mind hasn’t been able to fully focus on work. I can’t remember who the quote come from, but it sums up my experience nicely: “It is better to never give freedom in the first place, than to give freedom and later take it away.”

In the next few months, I hope to embark on some new paths that will define the next part of my life. I’m not sure exactly what it will be yet, but I have quite a few things I want to pursue as I figure it out. I’m excited that my wife is letting me do this, and thrilled we’ll be able to explore together.

However, before I get there, let’s have a serious discussion because I don’t want you think this was one of those rash “I quits” where I flip off the boss and have no plans of what is next! This has been a long time coming, and I don’t want to be responsible for any of you crazies who this might inspire!! So, let’s talk about seven things I loved about work:

1. Feelings of accomplishments

Work is very important for many people to receive their sense of purpose, as you see with some retired people who are lost after work. Pope John Paul II put it this way:

“Work is a good thing for man – a good thing for his humanity – because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being. Work expresses his dignity and increases it: It provides him with the wherewithal to have a family, and it links him with his neighbor. Not to mention also contributing to the wealth of his neighbors.”

2. The opportunity to lead

I worked hard and was fortunate to be put into a leadership position with over 60 people in my organization. The role over the last two years helped me develop my leadership skills, and learn to lead organizations. It was very challenging, but I learned a lot.

3. Personal development

I grew up as a small-towner in Oklahoma and didn’t have much exposure to the business world. My last two jobs have helped me develop into a much more well rounded person. I’ve learned how to work with different people, different cultures and different countries.

4. Professional development

As mentioned in the second point, I’ve moved up the chain thanks to all my great experiences and mentors along the way. I learned how to succeed in the corporate world which will definitely benefit me the rest of my life.

5. New friends

My friend base is much expanded thanks to work. It’s amazing how you can connect with people, especially when you’re in very challenging situations together and work to accomplish something great.

6. New experiences

Incredible travel opportunities, interesting projects and great people. I half joke that one of my highest career accomplishments up to this point is “Lifetime Platinum” as a Starwood hotel member. This basically means I’ve stayed over 500 nights at just that hotel chain which is ridiculous, but I’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of really great vacations as well.

7. Money

The reason I can quit is because of the money I’ve made the last 10+ years of my career (and my wife’s, of course). I don’t want to be a starving artist, desperately working to keep food on the table while I tried to pursue my passion. Instead, I chose to work really hard and succeed as much as I can at work so later I could pursue what I wanted. I’m not done working, but I’m able to spend some time on things I want to do now.

Work is important and money is important, and they make up a huge part of our lives. However, there are many other things I want to pursue that I can’t while in my current career, so I’m moving on. You’ll hear more in the next few weeks!

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22 responses to I Quit my job + 7 things I loved about it

  1. Dan — I’m happy for you. You’re getting your life back and I look forward to following you on your next journey, just as I followed you on your journey around the world. Best of luck!

  2. Good luck with your decision. In due time, I’ll be able to leave my job again. I’m looking forward to that day.

  3. Good luck on your new path. It’s important to do what feels true to you. It sounds as if you’ve developed a lot of skills along the road so far that will help you.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Donna! Yes, it’s amazing what you learn when you try some new things… I never thought previously I’d be able to renovate a house or an Airstream 🙂

  4. Such a healthy attitude to life, work, play, work some more, play some more. I say play but sometimes I’ve learned more in my ‘out of (corporate) work’ periods when I am volunteering or studying. The older I get the more I value my periods out of the corporate world, actually now I am out pretty permanently having gone it alone and started my own business!
    Looking forward to reading you next adventure.

    • Thanks for the comment Rosalind! Great to hear you’ve succeeded with your “in and out” of corporate life. It’s a little scary the leave the paycheck, so I’m excited to read about what you’ve done and your business!

  5. Hi Dan – we haven’t met but glad you’re on BHB. I haven’t heard about your ‘around the world’ trip but it does put you in the category of Very Interesting Person so I’m looking forward to reading your posts as you move forward to new challenges. The best of luck.

  6. Happy for you for taking the stops to better your life and follow your passion. If we are not happy, than what is life really all about? Good luck with your future. I hope all your dreams come true.

  7. Hello, Dan, and congrats! I did the same thing in 1993. I left my corporate job that offered good pay and great benefits. But it was stifling who I am, and my creativity. Fast forward 23 years and I am an award-winning author who travels the world for chocolate. What could be better than that? I look forward to reading about your new adventures and new life.

    • Doreen – this is really inspirational. I knew you traveled a lot and always write about chocolate, but I never knew the back story behind it all! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving this great comment.

  8. Good for you and welcome to this forum!

    It takes a lot of guts to leave a job, especially when you have a high flying career with great prospects.

    The principles you were exposed to at work can be taken with you.

    I look forward to following you on your journey.

  9. Congratulations on quitting your job. I retired a bit early and it’s been two years now. I don’t know how I ever found the time to work.

  10. Congratulations Dan! I vividly remember the day I quit my last “job”. I was in my home office making jotting down notes on meetings and various projects and the next thing I knew I was writing my letter of resignation! Just like that.

    Even though I love where I’m at now, I feel so blessed to have had the various jobs I’ve had over the years. I learned so much, met incredible people, traveled all over the world, it was a dream, and now I’m creating a new one. Wishing you all the best on your journey!

  11. Its nice to be able to follow your life’s callings, wherever they may lead you. I look forward to hearing about the next step in your journey.

  12. Congratulations on getting to a point where you are able to quit your job and do this. It must be a great feeling to have worked so hard and to now be able to take advantage of your hard work. It will be fun to follow you on your journey as you blog.

  13. Glad you are able to follow your heart. Too many times, we get a job to feed our true calling, and then that job becomes more important, and takes over, and becomes our calling.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  14. Very inspiring and exciting to decide what’s next for your life, and it’s certainly rewarding.
    All the best, pleasure to follow your passion 🙂

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