106 Days Until I Quit my Job

As much as I complain about being miserable with my job, I really haven’t done much to better my situation.

I’ve grown content. I just go through the motions day in and day out.

I’ve talked about wanting to be a paid writer but I haven’t done shit to make that happen.

The title of my blog is the Self Employed Movement but there hasn’t been much of that going on lately. It’s been more like the Self Employed Dream. It could happen someday. It might happen some day. It would be nice if it happened. But it’s just been an idea lately.

It’s been a hobby. It’s been something I haven’t been completely serious about because it’s just been a dream; a dream is a goal without a deadline.

That hurts.

But that ends now.

I thought that being a paid writer would be something that would happen eventually; maybe in a couple of years or so but nothing that could happen in the relative near future.

So I just stayed static. I didn’t make any positive moves to bring me closer to being a paid writer. I had no plans. No hopes. No dreams. No future.

There’s no reason to work on something when you don’t have anything to work towards. There’s no motivation. It’s much easier to fall into a mindless routine of monotony instead of trying to better your situation because it’s hard. It’s really fuckin’ hard.

Just eat, sleep, wake up, go to work, come home, repeat.

So the plan was to make it happen someday. What a fuckin’ stupid plan. It doesn’t work.

It never works.

So it’s time to change that plan. It’s time to put a little pep in my step. It’s time to light a fire under my ass to actually do something about my situation instead of constantly throwing myself a pity party.

So why 106 days? It’s 2016 in 106 days. Wow…

I originally thought about giving myself a year to quit my job but that’s too long. My procrastination tendencies will take over and I’ll spend 300 days not doing a damn thing except feel sorry for myself and that won’t get me anywhere. Plus, I might get fired before then because it’s getting more and more difficult to give a shit. It’s getting more and more difficult to get out of bed.

Each day that I don’t do something to make myself a paid writer is one more day at my shit job and that’s no good for anyone; my wife, my co-workers, my customers. I’m tired of putting up this front making people believe that I’m alright; that I’m okay. I’m not.

I’d quit tomorrow if given the chance…

This is me giving myself the chance.

I have 106 days to start a new chapter in my life. I have 106 opportunities to get the fuck out of there. I need to take full advantage of each and one before I go crazy; before I lose who I am along with my happiness, hopes, ambitions, and passions.

This job will be the death of me. (Not literally but figuratively.)

I’m been so fixated on how miserable my job makes me instead of being fixated on planning an escape.

So what’s the plan of escape?

  • Start treating this blog and this quest to quit my job with the respect that it deserves. I need to put in the effort and make it happen. It needs to be considered a part-time job and deserves to be considered so.
  • How will I do that? I’ll spend a minimum of 30 minutes each day doing the following: Research, Reach Out, and Write. Research will include reading books and other blogs; anything to get my creative juices flowing. Reach out will include contacting my readers, other blogs, and applying for job openings. Write will consist of, well, writing. If I want to get paid to write in 106 days then I better get better at writing, don’t you think?
  • By January 1st, 2016 I plan to be better-employed; either through self-employment or by completely switching career paths.

Will I make it? Can I really make the jump in a little over 100 days? I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

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5 comments

  1. cheers man! Good goal and good luck! Looking forward to following along. I already like your writing and I know its going to improve as you put your skills to more and more use over the next 100 days.

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    • Goin well! Im on a 4-5 year plan as I save up for the venture if opening a hostel. The ebook sales will speed up the procees a bit. The first one is really coming together, Jan 1 2016 is when ill be releasing it. and then i have an idea for a mini-series for 2017-2020. I have ideas for a few others too. not sure if you saw my recent post, but Ideally if I create 6 ebooks and sell a few per day, ill be at $100,000 after 5 years! but hey, if that doesnt pan out Im still having fun doing it

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  2. Well said, and best of luck to you as you reach into this new life. Giving yourself the date-based ultimatum is an excellent way to keep yourself honest and charged up to make that shit happen, and happen on YOUR terms, nobody else’s. More power to you, and I’m excited to watch how everything turns out.

    I’ve given a similar ultimatum for myself – to retire completely, at 36, at the end of 2016. Done. Finished. No more of this “job” crap.

    And it will work out for both of us because we both want it. Bad. And, we will make it happen.

    I just discovered your blog, and I’m definitely going to be your newest follower.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Steve! Glad to have you on board. I found all that to be true with an ultimatum….it makes it more “real.” I checked out your Retirement Renaissance and I feel like we have pretty similar ideas so I’m on board with your blog too. Good luck with early retirement! I’ve played around with the finances and I could possibly “retire” anywhere from 35-45 which would be awesome!

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