why people cannot quit their job

The Main Reason Most People Can Never Quit Their Jobs

So let me guess. You grew up thinking you would become rich and famous and that life was always going to be easy. Now you busting your hump at a 9 – 5 job in order to make someone else  lots of money, while you take home your measly paycheck every week. You wish you could just quit your job, and support yourself doing what you love.

This is the wish of 90% of 9-5′ ers, working for someone else’s company. But 90% of that 90% will never do anything about it. They will never be able to take that step of quitting their soul sucking job, and starting to build something of their own.

And there is one main reason for this. This reason is their monthly expenses. It’s very simple. The less expenses you have, the more freedom you have. The more expenses you have, the tighter the shackles to corporate life become.

Your trapped before you even start

This problem starts immediately for people entering the work force. You are told your entire life to go to college so you can get a good job. Its more like you go to college so you HAVE to get a good job.

If you take out student loans you are set up immediately upon graduation to HAVE to enslave yourself to pay off thousands of dollars of debt. If you haven’t gone to college yet do everything in your power to pay your way through.

Most kids don’t know what they want to do with their lives coming out of college. But when they do, they are forced to make rash career decisions just because they must start to pay off student loans. With the economy the way it is they will take any job they can find just to be able to do this. This starts you off in a shitty career that you may hate, but this career may become the rest of your life. The rest of your one life.Your job is your life. Many people may say B.S to this, your job isn’t your life, it just funds your life. Bullshit. Your job is your life. You dedicate 9 hours a day to it and 5 days of your week. Its your life.

I’m not against college, I went and it was the best part of my life. And degrees are extremely important, especially if you are pursuing what you love. But at all cost avoid student loans and debt. You may come out of college and wish to travel the world and find yourself for a year. Too bad if you have loans, you are now a slave.

Don’t become dependent on your job

College debt or not, the biggest mistake people make when there stuck at a job they hate is they become dependent on their job.

They buy or lease fancy BMW’s, to show the world their “status.” Now they are stuck paying 400+ a month plus 150+ for car insurance. They become dependent on their job to pay this monthly bill for the next 3 years. They can’t quit or else they won’t make their payments. They are literally stuck. Its incredible how many people hate their job and want out but literally just keep increasing the need for them to stay.

The next thing they do is rack up the credit card debt. Another 10 grand you have to pay off with interest. Another reason why you have to get up and sit in an hour of traffic, in your overpriced car, wearing clothe’s you bought on credit. Then you sit there and wish you could be working for yourself, but you are the only one who is stopping you.

The worst part about this situation is that the car, the clothes, the nice place, its doesn’t mean shit. Its doesn’t make you happy. If you are not living the life you want and are doing something you don’t want to for 9 hours everyday your life will struggle. The things you bought to make you happy are literally the things that are keeping you unhappy.

Live a minimalist lifestyle

Life a minimalist life. Its so simple. I’ve done both, and I love nice things. But there is nothing nicer than doing what you want, and living the life you want to live.

1) Ditch the fancy cars

2) Ditch the over priced designer clothes

3) Throw away the god dammed credit cards

4) Find cheap rent

5) Keep your expenses as low as you can.

You can even keep your shitty job for a while while you save up money to invest in something you love, or to start your own business. If you are that miserable you can even quit your job, and just figure things out. You will have the leeway to do so. You won’t have to make thousands of dollars every month just to live. As long as you have those high monthly expenses you will be stuck at your job. No matter how bad you want to quit. It’s as simple as that.

If you have student loans, you gotta do what you gotta do. Work until you are debt free and then STAY debt free. Forever. Debt is the worst thing you can do to yourself. It completely sucks your freedom out of you and put stress into your life. People who live debt free are:

1) Less Stressed

2) Happier

3) Healthier

In conclusion

It’s really very simple. If you want to quit your job and live free, you must keep your expenses as low as possible. It doesn’t get any clearer than that. Save up, don’t use credit, and don’t take loans. Buy in cash when you can afford it.

And one day when you’ve started your own website or business, in your own free time, you will be able to afford the nice cars, the awesome apartments, and the dapper clothes. And then they will add to your happiness. Not turn you into a slave. The choice is yours.


  1. Yes that is those are the real reasons why many people stay in their 9 to 5 jobs because their eyes are bigger than their stomach. I learned a long time ago that living beyond your means can one day put you in a cage. For me i never needed fancy cars or name brand clothing to show my self worth. For me having money in my pocket and being able to fill up my Hyundai with a full tank of gas! Or having the money to take a girl out to eat and not have to worry about where the money is coming from.

    Many people look at those celebrities and want to live like them. so they go about spending enormous amounts of money on stupid shit rather than finding ways of passive income.

    Most people will never learn that in order to get out on your own you have to realize that you have to discipline yourself and that means living below your means.

    great post!

    • No job,

      I am fairly certain you are trolling but the advice in this article was that if you are someone who wishes to leave their job, you need to lower your expenses to a managble level so you are not stuck having to make 3,000 a month just to pay for things.

      This way when you do take the plunge you can support yourself with either savings or on the money you are earning through your entrepreneurial ventures, even if they don’t make much.

      So if you did quit your job, great, sometimes thats what it takes even if you don’t have anything lined up. I myself am still at my job as I pay some loans off, and once I am ready I will leave when my personal business is making enough. I plan to live in Thailand where you can survive off 1500 a month and live very well.

      What I suggest you do is start building something. Think about your passions, what you love to do or any skills you have and find a way to bring value to other people doing that.

      It may take a long time, which is why I wouldn’t suggest quitting your job until you are ready, but now you have a fire under your ass to make it happen.

  2. Wow, thanks for the reply. No, I am not a troll. I really did quit my job earlier this month. I’ve been considering what to do next.

    My opinion is “something will come along, it always does” so I am not in a panic, fortunately. And my wife says “we can manage”.

    I am looking at what I can do that I do well and that I enjoy. So I expect something to come out of it, even if I end up in another office (kind of likely at this rate). Or maybe I can telecommute from home. (I am considering contracting instead of regular employment; would help in the “easy come, easy go” less attached feeling.)

    What I realize is (and your post and comments say) is to do what I like or am passionate about, not just because it is the next thing on someone else’s agenda in my job title progression. I don’t mind not being ambitious for the next promotion if I know that I would hate it (because, I assure you, I tried it already).

    Thailand is a choice. Sounds like it’s yours. Haven’t been there, so I can’t say. But I am on trajectory to be able to retire sooner or later and not worry about money.

    Thanks for the reply. I’ll read more as time goes by.

    • Thanks man, I am glad to hear you weren’t being an asshole haha I though you were.

      It is tough, I am unhappy at my job also but working hard on the side at a few things so in the future I will be able to work how & when I want.

      Good luck with everything.


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