So you may have seen that I lost my dead end job a couple of weeks back. I really couldn’t be happier.
The only regret that I have is not getting fired sooner!
That job robbed me of my happiness for almost 3 and a half years. I had some distractions to keep me going along the way such as getting my degree, dating my wife, and having fun with my friends but there’s a part of me that wishes I did it sooner…that I was strong enough to walk away on my own terms and that I didn’t go back after my failed internship hiatus. I wish I was stronger to step out of my comfort zone sooner.
The most important thing is that I’m no longer in that shitty, stress-filled work environment and I’ve moved on to bigger and better things.
I’ve been at my current gig for a little over a month now but I can already notice some major improvements to my life.
Let’s call them the “awesome, unexpected side effects of leaving my dead end job” as the title would state.
- I’m not forced to spend all day behind a computer screen anymore.
- I get to travel for work.
- I get more Vitamin D so I’m in a better mood by default.
- Work doesn’t always feel like work.
- The day seems to fly by.
- I no longer spend the entire day counting down the minutes until I’m off.
- I like my co-workers more.
- I don’t have to deal with corporate bullshit.
- No more “daily commitments.”
- No more “role-playing.”
- No more “coaching to the numbers.”
- No more “Performance Assessments.”
- No more conference calls.
- No more corporate hierarchy.
- No more trying to climb the corporate ladder.
- No more egos to massage.
- No more sucking up to people I
- No more 30 minute lunches.
- No more being short-staffed.
- No more morning rushes.
- No more lunch rushes.
- No more irate customers.
- No more handling dirty money.
- No more shaving every night.
- No more wearing ties.
- No more 30 minute commutes each way.
- No more dealing with rush-hour traffic.
- No more expectations to do much more with much less.
- I have a sense of purpose again.
- No more dreading the alarm clock going off.
- I’m a lot less stressed.
- I’m less bored with life.
- I’m less anxious which means I bite my nails less.
- I drink more water.
- I no longer drink energy drinks.
- My boss is better than your boss.
- My boss isn’t an asshole.
- I’m more active.
- I don’t run the risk of losing my job to a machine.
- I don’t run the risk of losing my job if I don’t meet my “numbers.”
- I actually bring home more money.
- I get to work with my wife.
- I work with my hands and with that comes a great sense of pride.
- My uniform is a shirt and shorts.
- I deal with less customers.
- I deal with happier customers.
- I don’t go home every night wanting to cry myself to sleep.
- I enjoy the little things more.
- I enjoy talking about my work.
- People don’t give me shit for where I work.
- I’m proud of what I do for a living.
- I have a better overall state-of-mind.
- I have a sense of accomplishment again.
- I create things.
- I no longer have high blood pressure so I don’t need my blood pressure medicine anymore!
- I sleep better.
- I’m more productive.
- I smile more.
- I’m a more positive person.
- I’m more hopeful of the future.
- I feel like I have a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.
- I’m happy. I’m actually happy!
Good news, guys:
I’ve seen the promised land and you can too.
You owe it to yourself, your health, your spouse, your family…basically your life, to get out of your shitty dead end job as soon as possible, and start doing something you actually enjoy before it’s too late.
All what you have to do is plan, take that leap of faith, and say, “Enough is enough! I quit!” (Getting fired also works well.)
You’ll get there eventually.