Jobs are funny things, and so is quitting!

16 thoughts on “Jobs are funny things, and so is quitting!”

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed the read. “The truth is a ‘job’ is something that we tend to simply tolerate. Some are easier to tolerate than others, but in the end, we view our jobs as a necessary part of life.” Indeed. As I often say, I like my job – most would kill for the security, salary and autonomy – but at the end of the day I would rather be doing 25 other things at 11:00 a.m on a Tuesday or 2:15 p.m. on a Thursday. I’m winding my time on the ‘job’ and very much looking forward to the next phase (retirement) of my life.

  2. I met with a few college friends a couple months ago. We are pretty smart, and did well in school. It was funny how similar our perception of our companies was despite us working in different industries/companies. I have to remember work is work. It’s a paycheck.

    1. Exactly, work is a paycheck. Not many people would commute into work, or spend 8 to 10 hours a day working for someone else…for no paycheck.

      Thanks for reading.

  3. All so true. One addition I’d make is that the workplace or company culture does matter. I’ve cycled through several managers during my 13 years with my company — some good, some bad — but always felt good about staying with the company because it’s overall a really supportive, positive culture, and we do work that is generally good for the world. That’s not to say that there isn’t just as much corporate BS as everywhere else, or an inflated sense of importance and urgency — that’s all there. But at the end of the day the company culture is what’s kept me around for so long. Quitting before our FI date never crosses my mind!

      1. Thanks for the feedback! Yup, I was definitely searching for a clean, simple design with easier-to-read fonts throughout. I’m hoping this design will last me for quite a while. 🙂

    1. Ah, good call on the company culture! I absolutely agree that it’s a big part of the equation of working for a company. Agreed 100%.

      Thanks for the addition. 🙂

  4. Very good post Steve!
    My case might be special and I’ve had a few jobs that I actually enjoyed very much. Enjoyed like looking forward to coming back to the office after a long vacation and get to work on some more exciting things. Yes I know how crazy that sounds! In that company, the CEO used to come around each first week of January to shake everyone’s hands and wish them a happy new year.
    The culture made all the difference.
    But I see your point, now I’ve changed companies and some days work feels like it’s just a way to get a paycheck. Maybe I’m getting older too haha.

    1. Working for those kinds of positive environments from a culture perspective definitely does make all the difference in the world. Congrats for finding a place like that! 🙂

  5. So true. Mr SSC quit his last job because of a manager. My main worry with the upcoming layoffs and reorganization at my company is that I will get a new manager, because right now, I’ve got a great one. With jobs I learned early on, from my dad that a job is a paycheck… You may think your company will take care of you, but you are paid for a service. It’s just a trade of your skills for their money. Nothing more. I see so many people at work now who are emotional hurt knowing large layoffs are in about a month… And I feel pity that they had such expectations that the company should take care of them for life.

    1. I agree 100%, Mrs. SSC. The truth is the company will always look out for itself first. And as a result, I personally believe that each employee should do the same – look out for THEM first, company second (or third). After all, the company is in business to MAKE MONEY, not employ particular people.

  6. Good read! So true, after a while all jobs get tedious. I know that I could find 100 other things to do every single day rather than go to work. The good news is that once you have a some degree of financial independence and an escape plan, bad jobs don’t seem quite as intolerable. In our case, we know that our current teaching gigs are temporary, so we don’t let the negative aspects of our jobs get to us. We know we can leave anytime we want…what a liberating feeling!

    As for leaving a job, teaching is perfect for those with an eye on the exit. Since teachers sign annual contracts, quitting a job is very easy: you simply decline the offer when you’re ready to leave. Over the last few years, I have quit a number of jobs to maintain my sanity, double my retirement slavings, and explore other job opportunities. I highly recommend quitting.

    1. Ha! Yup, just like you, I do enjoy moving around from company to company as well to experience new things and to keep my job fairly interesting. I’d second your recommendation! 🙂

  7. Agree with ONL above – the people I work with and culture make a huge difference. Right now I could leave my company for more money, which would speed up my FI date, but then I wouldn’t be sure I’d get the flexibility I get today or work with the same type of people I work with today. At the end of the day a job to me is a means for a paycheck, but it’s a balance between the size of the paycheck and actually not hating going to work. That’s been a real tough decision for me lately. Great post!

    1. Absolutely, it’s the age-old tradeoff of maximizing your money and minimizing the amount that you hate your life every time you walk into the office. Me thinks that it’s not worth it to hate your job every day for extra pay, unless you’re looking to retire in 3 months rather than 3 years. 🙂

      Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. Looks like you have a nice working gig.

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