Why You Shouldn’t Quit Your Job

Even if you think you hate it.

Pseudo entrepreneurs make us think it’s all about selfies with coffee and avocados. And you can do that. You can definitely keep a bowl of avocados at your desk. Try that before quitting.

When they do, they coat it in filters and lens flares. Snapshots of coffee at an unfinished desk in a spacious studio apartment. Open floor plan. With just the right filter. A bowl of avocados in the background.

Every single job on earth comes with long hours, uncertainty, and emotional labor. A five-hour shift at Starbucks can feel like an eternity if you don’t even like coffee that much.

Despite everything, I still enjoy a degree of freedom in how I plan my day. The money isn’t fantastic, but good enough.

We’re programmed to spend a certain amount of time each day doing stuff we don’t want to. We can’t escape it. And yet the minute we don’t have to do something anymore, our brains start to think of it as fun.

Right now, I’m taking an online course in layout and design. It looked cool, like something I could use if I ever decided to actually begin a new career. I’ve also dipped my toe back into freelancing. So far, it’s going okay. Not great. That’s an important lesson.

There’s really only a few good reasons to quit a job:

You have a better offer.

You’ve built a side hustle into a job that replaces your income. (Even then, isn’t it nice to have two incomes?)

Your workplace has become so toxic, you literally just go there and spend all day hiding in your office.

You’ve become so apathetic, it’s only a matter of time until you’re fired.

Most likely, you’ve found a job getting paid for something you’re good at. An overlap tends to exist between what we’re good at, and what we enjoy. Makes sense. We like being good at stuff.

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