About a year ago I wrote a post called Why you should not quit your job. Now one year has passed. So I wanted to check back with you and see how things were going for you this past year.
And see which of the things I listed in that post you were able to to. What you've done to get closer to buying yourself some freedom.
If you haven't read that post, read it. It's the basis for everything.
Read it right after you read this post right here. Or read it right now. It doesn't matter. What matters is that my opinion didn't change. I still believe that you shouldn't quit your job.
If you've read that post and you've worked on all of the things I mentioned a year ago, then go ahead and quit your job. And buy yourself some freedom.
But if you haven't done any of these things, then DON'T QUIT YOUR JOB. Keep your job as long as you can and do the things I described in that post. And in this one. Or do whatever you want to.
If you still have a safety net use it (it's likely to disappear rather sooner than later) and work on all of these things while you still can. Or move to Asia. Or Africa. And get a job there. That's the future. The west is the past.
Don't believe you'll lose your job and get replaced by algorithms or be replaced by someone who'll do your job for 1/10 of your salary? What about getting a time machine and asking the folks what they thought about job security during the industrial revolution.
You say this time is different? Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't. I don't know. But you'd better get ready for whatever is to come next. Whatever that might be.
What I know for sure though is that a company that was able to serve 500mn+ customers globally needed less than 60 employees where just a few years ago you needed thousands of employees.
By the way, I'm talking about WhatsApp. But you can replace that name with pretty much every other tech company out there.
And yes, I know that a lot of people out there tell you to quit your job right now and follow your dream or your passion as a response to the changing job market.
I think that's just wrong. But not because I think that your job is safe. As a matter of fact, it's not safe at all. No matter if you're a blue collar, a white collar or a pink collar worker.
Still, I believe that quitting your job would be one of the worst ideas EVER.
What I suggest instead is that you keep your job as long as possible and get much out of it as possible while you still can.
It's only fair that you try to get as much out of it as possible. It's not only fair. It would actually be stupid if you didn't. That's what your company is doing with you right now already.
They make a profit with you. Otherwise they wouldn't employ you and they wouldn't be a business. As simple as that. A business is only a business when it makes money. And it starts already on the micro level. On your level. On your back.
Other than the things I mentioned in last year's post, here are a few more things you should do before you decide to quit your job. All of the things I mentioned last year are still valid. They're actually the first step. The things mentioned here are the next step. Or a step in parallel. Or no step at all..
# get the highest paid job possible
I know this sounds a bit counter intuitive. You'll probably want to start your own business and are fed up with working for the man. But the thing is that working for the man is the easiest and fastest way to get some cash going.
Trying to make the same amount of cash with your own show will probably need ten times the effort (and time) than it takes working for the man. That's why you should get the highest paid job you can possibly get. And try to stay there for as long as you can.
And do the best work you possibly can. Because that's how you create real opportunities. Do it until they replace you or you've done the next thing in this list.
Maybe you should even work two or three jobs if you don't have a piece of paper as a proof that you can do x or y (btw I mean a degree here). And the thing that will keep you going, the thing that will get you up in the morning is that from now on you have a purpose.
Your purpose is to make as much cash as possible so you can buy yourself some freedom to follow your passion, to live your dream, to change the world and to find your real purpose in life or whatever it is that you want to do..
# save as much as you can
Following your passion, your dreams and changing the world is expensive. Really expensive. It needs a hell lot of time. Persistence and money. Why money? Well, because life is expensive. And that's the real reason why you should get the highest paid job possible.
Over the past hree years I've lost more than $200k following my passion. And with a job that pays a hell lot of cash you'll be able to save as much of it as possible. To do exactly this. To be able to buy yourself some time. To be able to pay the bill that following your passion will cost.
I actually didn't have 200k. I had 20k when I started. 200k is the amount of cash (salary) I left on the table when I quit my job two years ago. And on top of it I made less than a tenth by following my passion. Feel free to do the maths..
The thing is that when you want to make a living following your passion you'll have to become one of the best of the best out there. And this takes a hell lot of time. Only the top 1% or so will be able to make a living following their passion. In case you already know what it is.
Same with starting a business. You have to be one of the best of the best. Only the best ones will be able to build a successful business.
And you need a lot of time to get there. Maybe 4 years. Maybe 5 years. Or maybe 10 years. And when you don't have enough cash in the bank you'll just quit. Or go back to freelancing or consulting gigs on the side.
You know, the things that end up costing you more time and energy than your current full time gig at that corporation.
And then you will never be able to give your gift to this world. The one thing (or the many things) this world so desperately needs to know about you, hear from you or read from you..
# start planting seeds
This is probably THE most important thing to do. That's why I mention it over and over again on my blog. You should start doing it right now.
Planting your seeds can be done in many different ways. You introduce two people to one another. Maybe they will fall in love. Or they end up making millions. Or whatever. That's a seed right there.
Learning a new skill is a seed. For example learning how Facebook ads work is planting a seed. Because that's something you'll sooner or later have to figure out. Or Google Ad Words. Or Twitter. Or whatever. That's another seed right there. Plenty of seeds actually.
And for none of these seeds do you need to quit your day job. You can do all of this while you have a job. Will it be easy? No, of course not. But a hell lot easier than doing all of this when you don't have a paycheck at the end of the month anymore.
What really matters is that you get out there, show up over and over again and that you start creating your own opportunities, instead of waiting for someone else to create opportunities for you.
Because no one will create ANY opportunities for you. EVER. Everybody is busy creating their own opportunities.
So stop waiting and start creating your own opportunities..
I haven't had a real job in 5 years.
I've built dozens of websites, online shops, wrote more than 10 books, created dozens of online courses and invested in tons of different things.
Most things didn't work out. But some did.
And I've now put together a report with some of THE most important ways of making money online in the 21st century (without having to quit your day job).
And you can get it for free today!
All you'd have to do is to CLICK HERE to download the report now, (it's free, for now)
# don't hide
Most people hide when they're not happy at their job. That's what I did as well. Many times. I hope I won't do this again.
Because that's the worst thing you could do. The more you disappear from the radar, the harder it'll be to get back onto the radar. So use the momentum while you're still on the radar or try to get back onto that radar while you still have a job.
Getting back onto the radar without a job is a lot harder than getting back onto the radar when you have a job. Become the beacon in your company. Introduce everybody to everybody. Send your CV to all sorts of companies.
Never stop exploring. Never give yourself up. The thing is when you gave yourself up at your current job is that this will shine through at each and every interview. At each and every layer of your life. So instead of letting your frustration shine through let your qualities shine through.
So how do you do it?
Well, by not hiding. And by constantly reminding yourself why you do all of this stuff.. To be able to buy yourself some freedom in the future to do what you think you should be doing deep down in your heart..
# buy yourself some freedom
This is the final step. Once you saved enough cash and/or one of the seeds you planted, one of the side businesses or whatever has a strong enough foundation you can think about quitting your job.
But before that all you should think about is working towards this one single goal. Being able to buy yourself some freedom.
So how do you know when you should quit? How do you know if you have enough cash in the bank? How do you know if a seed is strong enough to support you?
I don't know. Maybe in 2017. Or 2018. Or maybe 2020.
But this year is definitely not the year you'll be able to buy yourself some freedom. Unless you've already done all of this (and the things I mentioned here). Then you can go ahead and quit your job.
Or quit it tomorrow. Or next week. Or whenever you feel like doing it and are confident enough to pull it off.
After all I have no clue about any of this. I did it completely wrong and quit my job without having planted any seeds before.
Maybe you'll learn from my mistakes. Maybe you won't. It doesn't matter.