You won’t hear this from your parents, but there are many smart reasons to quit your 9 to 5 job.
Let’s first talk about your day job.
Is it everything you dreamed it would be? Odds are it’s far from it.
Sure you must have been excited in the early moments, like the day you received the job offer, got your first paycheck, and received a promotion. That’s normal.
Now that you’re settled in, how do you feel about it?
If you’re like many adults, your work leaves a lot to be desired. For example, 72% of millennials want to be their own boss.
Why? And why is this number so high?
Studies show, and I believe, it’s because when you’re the boss you have the freedom to work on what you want. That’s highly desirable compared to being force-fed work projects from a supervisor.
You also gain greater flexibility in your lifestyle to do things you can’t do as an employee. The boss can work, network, and vacation whenever they want, as long as they produce results.
These two factors, freedom and flexibility, are priceless.
However it’s not a coincidence that a 9 to 5 job often limits both of these desirable qualities.
If you’re hired for a specific job description—like website maintenance—it’s your job to manage the website each and every day.
There’s no freedom to work on an app or a side project you’re both passionate about and think could benefit the company.
And the flexibility is also not there in many 9 to 5 jobs. For example, good luck taking a month off—and keeping your job—if your wife just had a baby and needs help at home.
At that point, you have to let down your employer or family.
Speaking for myself, just knowing that I have the freedom and flexibility empowers me to do my best work.
I also have the time of my life making progress and learning new business lessons since I’m free to try new things.
And failure doesn’t put me at risk of being out of a job because I’m my own boss.
It’s interesting to read what Leah Busque had to say about working for yourself, “Swapping out the nine-to-five for a more agile, independent working life brings with it one other huge benefit – a channel for self-actualization.”
What she calls self-actualization I call self-awareness, and this blog post describes why it’s critical to your success.
Specifically, I’ve found that your happiness, health, wealth, relationships, and life can improve when you hang up the corporate career.
Reasons To Quit Your 9-5 Job
Reason 1: Job security is dying
Your grandparents had a period of job security like none other after World War II. And your parents job security wasn’t bad either.
But things are different in 2017 with new technology, the Internet, and a different way of doing business.
For example, the World Economic Forum explained that the top 15 global economies might lose more than 5 million jobs in the next five years because of robotics and other trends. That’s a ton of workers who will be unemployed if this comes true.
And companies across the board are shifting from hiring full-time workers to hiring part-timers and freelancers.
Advisor Perspective finds that 18% of workers are part-time in 2017, which is close to the record high of 20% in 2010.
I’m confident this is a trend that will continue and employees won’t ever have as much job security as they did after World War II.
So if you build skills and provide enough value to others to work for yourself, you don’t have to worry about a changing economy where big companies are laying off their staff. You control your own destiny.
But if you stay on the big corporation wagon, you’re at the will of your boss, their boss, and their boss all the way up the ladder.
That’s a dangerous proposition going forward.
Reason 2: Stress is awful for your body
Remember when millions of people thought smoking cigarettes wasn’t bad for you? That’s a joke.
And by now people understand that eating unhealthy junk food and processed fast food is a serious threat to their body.
But do you really understand what stress does to your health? I’ll help you out.
Here are a few of its terrible effects:
- Puts you in a negative mood
- Damages friendships and family relationships
- Leads to high blood pressure
- Can cause heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and a heart attack
- Interferes with your sex hormones
- Advances aging
- Poor decision making or addictions
If you work 45 hours a week and you’re stressed during every second, that’s clearly a dangerous way to live and you’ll face the consequences.
And we all know that work stress doesn’t stop at work. People bring it home and suffer on the weekend too.
To lower your stress it’s smart to get enough sleep, eat healthy, work out, and meditate. Though it’s wiser to still do all of that, and more importantly find a job that doesn’t drown you in anxiety.
Consider finding a job that not only doesn’t stress you out but it doesn’t feel like work for the sake of your health.
I promise you that these jobs exist if you put in the work to find them.
Reason 3: A 9 to 5 will never make you rich
I admit this is probably the least important reason on the list.
Because money is not a top priority for finding work you enjoy, you shouldn’t make a career decision solely for the income or you’ll be disappointed.
But if you’re looking to become wealthy or mega-wealthy, you won’t achieve it as an employee.
Take a look at this map from Forbes that highlights the richest person in every state.
Do you see business owners or employees? I don’t see any account executives or assistant managers on that map.
They didn’t make their fortune climbing the corporate ladder. They built their own ladder.
And technically my claim that a 9 to 5 won’t make you rich depends on your definition of rich. Though you have to admit an Amazon employee’s net worth doesn’t come close to founder Jeff Bezos’ fortune.
This isn’t to say that you can’t end up with millions of dollars at the end of your career through investing your salary and compound interest, you 100% can as I show in this video.
Though if you want tens of millions or hundreds of millions, my advice is don’t be an employee for long. In this case, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow goes to who you work for, not you.
Reason 4: Work destroys your relationships
If work gets so out of control that it starts destroying your personal relationships, you may need to switch up where you go to work.
For example, one of my best guy friends worked as an accountant for a Big Four accounting firm. He made excellent money and enjoyed the job for the most part.
But he was always gone on work trips, which took a toll on his marriage with his wife.
And he didn’t want to be in a terrible marriage, get divorced, or end up like the miserable senior partners at his company with wrecked families.
So what did my friend do to protect his marriage and his future happiness?
Despite his manager’s warning that he was making “the biggest mistake of his life,” he quit the accounting job he studied endless hours for in undergrad and to get his CPA.
Then he pursued a passion of his, coding, through free online classes at MIT and practicing.
Turns out he loves coding far more than accounting. And with his new knowledge, he went on to co-found a software startup that is highly profitable.
It worked out beautifully for him and his wife because he now has greater freedom and flexibility to navigate his work.
Reason 5: You don’t love what you do
Where money is the weakest reason on this list, doing what you love is the strongest motive to quit your 9 to 5 job.
Legendary songwriter Bob Dylan said it best,
What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
First, just consider how much time is actually devoted to work.
After you subtract the time spent working (40 hours at the minimum), commuting to work (5-10 hours at the minimum), and the time spent sleeping and doing day-to-day responsibilities—there’s not a lot of free time left to enjoy yourself.
And if you’re miserable at your job, then it’s no wonder you’re unhappy in general.
Most of the week you’re at a place that makes you unhappy. This agony can stick with you after you leave work like a stinky odor.
Plus, you’re not going to reach your potential if you’re not inspired by what you’re doing. Knowing you have more to give but not doing it also doesn’t feel good.
Mainly, life is too short to go through it depressed for most of the week at your job.
Your time on this earth is limited. You only live one life.
So you owe it to yourself to give it all you got doing what you love.
Someday your dreams will catch up to you and it will be too late to try what you always wanted.
Please do it now while you can. Aligning my passion with my work has been the best choice I’ve ever made!
If you want to truly get a kick in the butt, read this: 101 Do What You Love Quotes.
You Can’t Let Regret Own You
Regret can come from both inaction and action. It stings both ways, but usually more so when you didn’t take action.
According to 30 diverse professionals in a Harvard Business Review article, here are the top 5 career regrets…
- I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money.
- I wish I had quit earlier.
- I wish I had the confidence to start my own business.
- I wish I had used my time at school more productively.
- I wish I had acted on my career hunches.
I’ve highlighted the two most applicable regrets—I wish I had quit earlier and I wish I had acted on my career hunches—because I believe many of you will also face these regrets if you don’t take action soon.
The worst thing about regret is you can’t go back in time to change it. You have to live with it whether you like it or not.
That is unless you live with no regrets by doing what you want when you feel the desire to.
And that’s why I mean by not letting regret own you. Don’t let it get the best of you.
You need to own your life and make decisions for your happiness or eventually it’ll be too late.
It’s a sad, depressing scenario when your time has passed to make a career transition, start that company, or own your own restaurant with your best friends.
You and your friends only have a small window to start a taco joint one street off the beach, before you have spouses and kids that need a more stable income and environment.
You can’t start the clothing line you’ve dreamed about since you were 8 years old, if you’re 88 in a nursing home.
Eventually you’re going to be old and gray. Do what you can now to ensure you’re not saying “what if” later.
That’s how you become a satisfied old man or lady.
Please don’t misunderstand this article’s message.
It’s not a blanket statement that you should quit your 9 to 5 job, or any job, if it’s not perfect—no occupation is without its faults.
And it’s not even a pro-entrepreneur article where I’m trying to convert 9 to 5 people to become business owners.
Even though I tried not to, maybe I wrote this entire article with a bias considering I quit my 9 to 5 job last year and have never been happier with work.
Although choosing the entrepreneur route has pad off for me I know some people who would be miserable doing what I’m doing. Their happiest at a 9 to 5 position.
So the purpose of this blog post is to push you to reflect on what you do and look for ways to improve it. Find another job that works better with who you are and what you desire. Or start a side hustle you’ve been dying to try.
Remember if you hate Monday mornings then it’s not Monday you’re mad at—it’s your job.
So you can continue to head into the office with a bad attitude and crippling anxiety, or you can find work that gives you freedom and flexibility.
(Know what job you want but need help getting it? Learn more about my dream job course.)
I won’t decide for you because I don’t know all of the details. And even if I did, it’s not right to allow another person to impose a major decision on you.
You have to decide based on your individual case and the context.
Trust your gut when it comes to staying at your job, taking another one, or working for yourself.
What will you decide?
10 Careers For People Who Love Helping Others
Know you’re someone who loves serving others and is naturally inclined to that kind of work? A career that allows you to live your passion is just what you need.
For a lot of people starting off in the working world or looking for a new career, financial rewards are not the number one thing they are looking for.
Instead, they want a job that provides a sense of personal satisfaction through the feeling of helping others. These jobs are out there.
You have a whole host of jobs that put you in direct contact with those in need, whether this is through healthcare, education, charity or another option.
And then there are the jobs that provide a broader contribution to society including science and engineering.
So, let’s go through a list of 10 potential options if you are looking for a job that prioritizes helping others.
1) Teaching and Education
Education is a broad field that gives you the opportunity to impart your skills and knowledge onto others, whether these are children or adults.
Beyond the traditional primary and secondary school paths, there are also opportunities to teach at further education colleges or else children with special needs.
To qualify as a teacher, you will need a degree and a further year of hands-on training, but there are also opportunities such as youth work, childcare or becoming a teaching assistant.
Essentially, the knowledge that you are having a direct impact on people’s lives and you are helping them to develop themselves is immensely rewarding.
2) Nursing and Healthcare
As well as being able to serve others, nursing is a field that is always looking for new staff members so there will be no shortage of job opportunities. Just take a look at https://www.staffnurse.com/ to find out more.
Beyond the range of hospital jobs that you can choose from, you could also find yourself working in a GP surgery, adult care centres or people’s homes, to name a few.
The launch of the nursing degree apprenticeship has been designed to make the career easier for people to enter, but obtaining a degree is still required to progress in this field.
Otherwise, there are plenty of other careers in healthcare apart from being a nurse including physiotherapy, midwifery or pharmacy.
Although it takes a great deal of hard work and commitment to enter this career path in the first place, there is no doubt that working in medicine is one of the most rewarding options out there.
After all, you are helping people with their most important commodity; life.
As well as becoming involved in the day-to-day treatment of patients, there is also the option to go into the research side of the field and help develop groundbreaking medicine.
And there are also a wide range of medical specialties to choose from so you can decide on one that perfectly suits your interests.
On the down side, this tends to be a very demanding option that requires a lot of dedication to the role which can often impact work-life balance.
4) Social Work
Social work is a career that brings you into direct contact with some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Some of the most common include elderly people, adults with mental health issues and people with learning difficulties.
You will probably be required to get involved in some very tough situations including child protection, adoption or working with offenders. To become a full social worker, you will need to obtain a degree, but there are other non-degree options that give you the opportunity to work in this field in other capacities.
Be in the know that many of these jobs come along with high levels of anxiety and the need to work in some very challenging situations.
5) Emergency Services
Comprising of the police, ambulance and fire and rescue, the emergency services are three different career paths.
They all have in common the responsibility to directly respond to people in their most urgent time of need. And these tend to be very community-oriented jobs, as well as ones in which the tasks vary greatly.
There are a wide range of different options and entry levels for each of the three sectors we have mentioned.
The downside is that the working hours tend to be unstable and you are also likely to find yourself working on call.
But there is also a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that you are making a genuine difference to society.
6) Charity Work
There are all kind of career paths that are directly linked to the charity sector from fundraising to marketing.
You may find yourself directly interacting with people or you may be in a more office-based role, but either way, you will have the knowledge that you are closely involved in helping others.
Jobs are open for both graduates and non-graduates, and there are also plenty of voluntary opportunities as well.
If you know that you are directly involved in a field that you are passionate about, this is a fantastic and motivating feeling that can give you immense job satisfaction. Keep in mind you may have to work your way up from the bottom to get there or come into the sector from a different career path entirely.
You may not naturally associate a career in law with one which is helping people, but there are some options which give you the opportunity to give a voice to people without one.
For example, you could go down a career in criminal defence in which you support people who have been accused of crimes.
You could also become involved in the child protection side of law in which you help children in very vulnerable situations. Solicitors and barristers are the jobs that grab most of the headlines, but there are also plenty of entry-level positions that all you to work your way up.
Ultimately, you need to be selective about the type of job you are going for so that you have the feeling that you are helping people and making a genuine difference to their lives.
8) Science and Engineering
Though a lot of science and engineering careers are less about helping people on a daily basis, they are often involved in making the big societal changes that make all the difference in the long run.
For example, in a science career role, you could be involved in protecting the environment or developing new health treatments for people.
Plenty of engineering paths also lead to positive changes for people such as developing renewable energy sources.
Again, it is all about being selective with your career choice so you go for one that provides you with the maximum amount of job satisfaction and the feeling that you are really helping people.
9) Public Service
Though people who work in politics often have a bad reputation, many people do enter this particular career path because they want to help others.
The work that you are doing could impact the entirety of the country, even though whether you are in contact with them directly or not depends on what job role you go into.
So, if you are particularly passionate about the community you live in, a career in local government could be the ideal solution.
Alternatively, you could work in central government and choose between all the different major areas such as pensions, healthcare, education and justice. Job roles are varied so you could be coming in from a wide range of backgrounds.
But if you progress high up the career ladder, stress levels can rise accordingly as you are having to make the decisions that really impact people’s lives.
Psychology still remains a rapidly developing field. And the increasing focus on mental health in society means that there are more options than ever before becoming available.
Some of the most common branches of psychology that people enter include health, clinical, counselling, educational and forensic.
Like other job roles we have talked about already, you have the reward of knowing that you are directly helping people who are struggling with a range of complex issues.
The 10 career paths we have talked about are just some of the potential options you have if you are looking to get into a career that involves helping others.
While some require a great deal of training and study, others can be entered at any stage.
Essentially, you should think about where your passions lie before matching yourself up to one of these options.
It may be that you want to come into contact with people directly and feel like you are helping people in this way. It may be that you like the idea of contributing to wider societal changes that help people in the long-run.
Whatever the case, many people find that personal rewards and job satisfaction from one of these types of career outweigh the financial incentives of other paths.
Though if you work your way up, you still have an excellent opportunity to strike the perfect balance of finding a job that is rewarding in both senses of the word.
High Risk Career Choices That Could Pay Off Big
Are you the type of person who enjoys adrenaline and high-risk, high-reward opportunities? You’ll probably fit perfectly in one of these risky career fields below.
Career choices are never easy. Whether you’re a high schooler, a college kid, a young professional, or a middle aged adult, it’s difficult but crucial you find the right job.
A large portion of your happiness and future depend on it.
While there’s advice all over about how to find the right career based on your personality, sometimes this can lead to overthinking and feeling paralyzed on what to do next.
It’s best to know yourself and trust your gut when it comes to making the right career choice.
Since every choice you make in life will come with its own risk that it may not pay off, sometimes the ones with the most risk are the ones worth risking everything for to be happy.
For the risk-takers out there who need to have a sense of fulfillment in their work, the following high risk jobs could be right up your alley.
Starting Your Own Business
If there’s one career move that a lot of us will want to make, but can often be afraid of, it’s starting a business from scratch.
Starting your own business will always be a risk. Even when you have the capital, a solid business plan, and a lot of experience in your field; you can never guarantee that it’s going to work out.
But if you’re willing to work hard and work at it, it’s a risk that can often pay off.
Becoming A Freelancer
Similarly, choosing to leave job security and go freelance can also be risky business (albeit less than starting your own business), but it’s often worth it.
The risk of going freelance is real and it will also depend on how well you are at adjusting to freelance life. Work won’t always be handed to you; you have to chase it. The investment you need to give here is both your heart and time.
By putting everything you’ve got into going freelance, you should see success.
Working In Another Country
When you do own your own business, or if you have a side project that you’re working on, there may be a time that you decide to go international. And there are always risks associated with this move.
When you’re moving into a market that you don’t know and that you have no experience in, there is a greater chance that you fail.
If you can do your research and plan your entry carefully, the potential successes will always be worth the risk.
Real Estate Investing
There’s always the option to turn to real estate investing.
If you’ve wanted to start a career for yourself that you can operate alongside your work, for the time being, property investment is a strong option.
Whether you look into buy to let options, BTO, or decide to start flipping properties, you have the potential to earn more money than you know what to do with on your own.
Many beginner investors need to first just build up capital, and then be willing to patiently wait until the property and price is right.
Becoming A Professor
When you’re starting out on your career path and still in college, or considering going back to study for your graduate degree, you may consider becoming a professor.
This is a risk for two reasons.
Firstly, the cost of getting your doctorate can’t be ignored. Debt and risk go hand in hand together.
And secondly, the idea that you’re missing out on being in the working world and getting paid a high salary for your skills.
Now if you make it through academia to become a professor and earn tenure, then your job security will be at an all-time high and career risk at an all-time low.
Becoming A Doctor
For those considering becoming a doctor, you may wonder if it is entirely worth it.
Medical education is long, challenging, and expensive.
So you have to be able to analyze the cost vs. the reward relationship when it comes to training to become a doctor.
If you’re skilled, passionate, and willing to work hard, you should be able to both out-work and out-earn your student debt before you know it.
Training As A Pilot
As far as adventurous careers go, if you want to enjoy job security and a good salary at the same time, you’re often limited with choice.
However, a strong option would be to train as a pilot.
Of course there are risks with any kind of job like this, but you should find that although the training is costly, the salary you receive in return will repay your investment, and your security will shatter any risk.
You’ll also gain the flexibility to fly commercial or private, which can’t be said in many careers.
Joining The Army
An army job does not need as much of an investment upfront in terms of experience or money, but it does require a few years of your life.
Although some positions will require a college education like an army officer, it’s not required across entry-level positions. Out of all the options on this list, this one may be the easiest to begin.
Keep in mind a career within the army may prove a risk to your life at times, but the security, skills training and experience may make it the best investment you could make.
Working For The Government
You may also want to consider joining the government.
Working for the federal government, although not a risk in itself (depending on your role) can be worth the investment in your education that you may need to make.
You will often benefit from great working rewards and enjoy a varied working day, especially if you decide to go into an intelligence field.
At some point in your career, you may also want to think about going into mentorship.
Mentoring is often a great way to give back to the industry and encourage bright talent for the future, although it can mean you have to give up your time with very little financial gain in return.
Often times mentors find that the personal rewards make any risk you take entirely worth it.
5 Best Future Careers, And 5 That Will Disappear
If you’re going to look for a new career, why not consider the best future careers to make sure that job is going to be as profitable in 20 years as it is now?
There’s a whole bunch of careers that are set to disappear as organizations become more dependent on computers and automation to do the heavy legwork for them.
Some experts think that somewhere in the region of 47% of jobs might be lost over the coming decades. That’s absurd if you think about this for a minute!
If you’re looking for a career that will stay relevant, you’d have your head on straight if you considered picking a field from the five we’ve listed below—and avoiding the five industries listed below them.
Good Future Careers
1. Cyber Security
The world’s going to be even more reliant on internet systems than it is now. With the arrival of the “internet of things”, it’s going to be all around us, a part of everything we do.
This, naturally, will make the criminals of the world pay attention – and as such, as our reliance on these systems grows, so will the importance of staying one step ahead of the people looking to hack and causing mischief.
If you know how to keep these attacks at bay, you’ll be high in demand in the corporate or government sector.
2. Tech Development
Well now, the whole world isn’t going to become dependent on technology just by chance: there’s going to be people behind those systems, working hard to find the next great breakthrough and push the world forward.
It’s important to note that not all IT based jobs will be safe; the market for app development jobs, for example, is likely to wind down.
However, if you can train yourself in advanced technology systems and make sure you’re always at the cutting edge of what’s happening, you’ll find plenty of work.
3. Data Analyst
Data is already used to influence companies much more than you probably realize, but it’s set to become even bigger in the next decade and beyond.
There’s already more data than any company could need, but there’s a problem: there aren’t enough people who know how to interpret the data.
If you’ve got an eye for spotting trends and can make sense of large quantities of information, then look at becoming a data analyst. Computers won’t be able to make sense of it on their own (in the beginning at least): it’ll need the human touch.
And talking of a human touch; healthcare is another industry that will be kept safe from computers.
Of course, automation and AI will form a significant part of healthcare, but it’ll work in conjunction with health professionals, not replace them.
Don’t worry if you don’t like the thought of dealing with blood and other healthcare hazards; there are plenty of specialized jobs available that are just as safe.
If we take a look at the job prospects for a radiologist via wikiprofessional.org, we can see that it’s a future proof career option; demand for this job, along with other physicians, is due to grow by 24% over the next few years.
Some jobs just can’t be performed by a machine, and healthcare is right at the top of the list.
5. Social Care
There’ll also be plenty of jobs in an industry that can be considered the cousin of healthcare, social care.
Again, there will be elements of technology incorporated into the industry, but it’ll be working alongside the core workers, rather than replacing them, as the very essence of this type of work depends on human interaction.
And this market won’t just be safe because computers can’t take over: it’s a growing industry in its own right.
In the not too distant future, people aged 70 and over are going to form the biggest age group in the country, and there’ll need more people than there currently are to take care of them.
Bad Future Careers
1. Number Crunching
If you’ve got a knack for mathematics and producing reports and paperwork, then look away now, because this is one surprising career that is likely to shrink in importance in the forthcoming years.
While it currently requires a high degree of expertise, a slew of applications that will more or less automate the entire process are already here, and there will be more on the way, too.
Though traditional companies still rely on human hands to take care of these jobs, modern companies are using machines to take care of their account, bookkeeping, tax returns, and so on, and it’ll be these companies who dominate the future.
2. Global Knowledge
The rapid globalization of the economy has meant it’s been a golden age for workers who were able to navigate different cultures and languages.
While we’re still a ways off from not needing tour guides with specialized, in-depth knowledge, the abundance of apps and other smartphone related tools will shrink this industry over time.
At a more immediate risk are translators, who will have to compete with software that automatically translates languages. The tech isn’t quite there yet, but it is coming, and from then it’ll only be the highly sensitive translations that are done by humans.
3. Non-Artistic Writing
Now, there’s little chance a computer will take the place of a novelist anytime soon. That’s just not going to happen because art is inherently human.
However, writing that isn’t obviously artistic, such as web content, technical reports, and (gasp) newspaper articles will increasingly be written by machines.
Some news outlets already use bots to write their weather reports, and it has been reported (by humans) that robots are more and more responsible for what we’re reading online and in our newspapers.
The entire logistics industry is about to be turned upside down, as nearly all components can be performed by a robot. Machines will be responsible for the running of warehouses, packaging, and delivery, with little to no human hands helping them along the way.
For a glimpse into the future, look no further than Amazon’s delivery plans. Welcome to the future!
According to studies, broadcasters score some of the lowest when it comes to job growth, stress, and work environment.
This makes sense since competition has to be high for these limited roles and job security is not going to be strong when a media company can quickly fill a broadcasting role with another talking head.
It’s also difficult to find that first broadcasting job as radio stations become syndicated and the Internet gobbles up more music and sports positions.
These are just a few of industries where humans will have more or less importance in the future. So if you’re looking for a change of career, make sure it’s one for the future!