Leave Your Soul-Sucking Job Once and For All! (But be smart about it.)
Get out of a job you hate (or just don’t love) and transition smoothly into a life with more freedom, money, and fulfillment. Learn how to:
Recognize your wake-up call
Craft your exit plan
Research your next career, and have fun doing it
Create your own dream job
Quit your old gig with confidence and class
“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” ― George Carlin (also attributed to Drew Carey)
Sadly, this isn’t far from the truth: most people don’t like their jobs.
According to Gallup, 51% of people are not engaged at work. That means half of all working adults aren't happy in their so-so, vaguely tolerable job.
What’s even worse is that an additional 17% are actively disengaged, meaning they hate their jobs. We think these statistics are nothing short of tragic, and we want to help.
If you’re in either of these camps, but you’re ready to make a change, this course is for you. We’ll help you transition to a career where you can:
Be respected and valued for the work you do
Get paid what you’re worth
Use your natural talents for what you were meant to do
Have more flexibility, time, and freedom in your life
Help others and make a difference
Background and Overview
A few years back, a disgruntled flight attendant got on his plane’s public address system, shouted some profanities, and exclaimed: “I Quit!” He then grabbed two beers from the beverage cart, deployed the emergency evacuation slide, and dramatically exited the plane in style.
While it likely felt good in the moment and made a splash on social media, he faced a host of negative consequences including arrest and a $10,000 fine.
It was certainly a memorable way to quit his job, but if you’re looking for a more fulfilling career and life, it’s not the right way for you to do it.
With a simple-but-powerful five-step plan, and a collection of real-life stories of people who sought a better life by leaving an unsatisfying career, How To Quit Your Job provides everything you need to prepare for your grand exit.
Lessons are both educational and entertaining, and we put an emphasis on production value, so you’ll be engaged and delighted as you go through the course. We’ve avoided giving you busy work while providing enough action steps and quizzes to help you make real progress.
We’ll get you out of the rut you’re in, help you focus on what you want to do, and lead you right up to quitting day. From there, you’ll be ready to fly.
What’s it going to say on your tombstone? Are you going to look back on your life and be proud of what you accomplished, or will you just have paid the rent?
Get clear on what’s wrong with your situation. The last thing you want to do is take the things you hate about your current job and carry them over to your next gig.
Download the quiz to find out how you really feel about your job. Then we’ll look at what to do with your results in the next lesson.
Analyze your quiz results and consider whether you’re running away from something or toward something.
A goal without a plan is just a wish, and having a framework gives you the confidence to move forward.
Take stock of your current financial situation and make necessary calculations and adjustments. Two versions of the spreadsheet are provided - one for the latest version of Excel, and one for older versions.
Assess your mental and emotional state, your physical well being, and your support network - all important considerations when thinking of making a major change like quitting a job.
Decide when you’ll give your notice, based on either a certain amount of time in the future, or on the timing of an upcoming event.
Time to decide when you'll give your notice!
Will you build a massive empire, run a one-person show, keep working for another company, or something that combines multiple roles and projects?
How clear you are on your dream career will determine what you need to focus on: execution, evolution, or exploration.
Recently there’s been a backlash against the old advice to “follow your passion.” It can work for some, but be careful...
The Ikigai diagram and the art of discovering your ideal career. Thanks to Michael Paton for letting us use his awesome version of the chart! http://mikepaton.com
Expanding on the Ikigai diagram: additional factors in determining your ideal career
This process is all about balance. Part of maintaining balance is considering the costs and realities of your new career.
Some people act on impulse and get in over their heads, while others use “research” to put off taking real action. Where’s the balance?
Cut out unnecessary distractions. Use your discontent with your current job and your excitement about your new direction to fuel your discipline.
Master the art of the side hustle - try out your new gig while you still have the security of your old one.
How can you tell if you’re passionate enough about your new career to really go for it?
Cultivate multiple streams of income in order to give yourself added security and versatility.
Get a website up and start building connections and a following online.
Are you getting positive signs that your new venture has legs? Analyze what the market is telling you and decide how to proceed.
Your glorious ascent doesn’t need to leave a trail of destruction in its wake. Take your leave with class, and attend to all the details.
When we asked for stories of people quitting their job, we actually got more than we could put in the course! In this lesson we’ll give you some quick notes from a variety of professionals and entrepreneurs, before we move on to the full case studies in the following lessons.
Meet Naomi Less, a multi-skilled facilitator, educator, and musician from New York City, who both performs and creates tailor-made trainings and educational experiences for all ages.
Meet Joanna Penn, an award-winning, New York Times best selling author, who has sold 450,000 books in 74 countries and 5 languages.
Meet Alan Paluska, the President of a logistics company in Atlanta. While his career transition mostly follows the traditional narrative, there are definitely some twists and turns.
Meet Carla and Emma Papas, two amazing Australians also known as the Merrymaker Sisters.
Meet Dan (not his real name). He was a teacher for many years, working his way from a substitute to a Teacher’s Assistant to teaching college-level courses. He was never completely sure it was his calling, but there were aspects of the job that he liked. Then one day, everything changed.
Meet Nick (not his real name). He worked for a Fortune 500 company, putting in 60-80 hour weeks before realizing he was just working to pay his bills. He decided to move to New York and start his own business, and that was when everything changed.
Meet Andy (not his real name). After a wake-up call incident with his current company, he went out on his own and had his best year ever in terms of income. On the way he may have burned a bridge or two...
Meet Kevin. He was a national sales manager for an environmental services business, with a nice car, good salary, and perks.. and a lot of frustration. He quit without having a plan, but overcame several challenge to launch his own business and grow it from nothing to seven figures.
Meet Nathan. He was working at a major cosmetics company, and for the first 3 years it was awesome. But then came the inevitable corporate shuffle, and everything went to hell. Nathan (eventually) went to Brazil...
Meet Phil. He told me, “I don't do anything without a plan. At least nothing major.” But while he had a plan for exiting the corporate world after a reorganization, he had to put his plans on hold just 2 months later.
If you’ve had your wake-up call, get out there and craft your exit plan, do the fun research, work that side hustle, and mark your quit day. You can do it!
We provide a lot of examples in this course. Since websites tend to change URLs and webpages get lost, we organized all of the links here, which will be updated as needed.
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:: To see
:: To understand
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