I was on LinkedIn this week and saw an article entitled 10 Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2014 by an entrepreneur who, based on the litany of grammatical and formatting errors in his piece, clearly didn’t run his work past an editor. I’m here to offer a few rebuttals to his arguments, which I will list below.
1. “The middle class is dead.”
Reality: If you quit your job without a solid plan or a windfall of some kind, you won’t be in the middle class. You will probably be broke.
2. “You’ve been replaced.”
The author claims that technology and outsourcing have replaced employees. This is only partially true, because the workforce still relies on people to develop and troubleshoot that technology.
Reality: You’ll be replaced faster if you quit your job.
3. “Corporations don’t like you.”
Reality: You may be working for the wrong corporation. Of course, businesses will look out for their own bottom lines above all else, but you will more than likely be able to find individual allies within a company if you’re a good worker and not a complete douchebag. These folks will go to bat for you, but not if you dismiss everyone as simply being a slave to The Man.
4. “Money is not happiness.”
Reality: Money isn’t happiness. But it’s much easier to be happy when you’re financially secure than it is when you’re using CoinStar machines to make rent.
5. “Count right now how many people can make a major decision that can ruin your life.”
The author says that bosses, TV producers, publishers and basically anyone else in charge of anything have too much power over you and can “ruin your life”: “I don’t like it when one person can make or break me. A boss. A publisher. A TV producer. A buyer of my company. At any one point I’ve had to kiss ass to all of the above. I hate it. I will never do it again.”
Reality: The author sounds pretty bitter, doesn’t he? Because if one person “can make or break you,” chances are, you’re doing it wrong. Everyone gets rejected, set back or let down at some point. It builds resilience and character, and it teaches you many more valuable lessons than getting a trophy just for showing up. Learn to roll with the punches and go from there.
6. “Is your job satisfying your needs?”
There were so many errors here that I’m not even sure what the guy was trying to say, but one of the issues he raised was, “Your hands are not made to type out memos. Or put paper through fax machines. Or hold a phone up while you talk to people you dislike. 100 years from now your hands will rot like dust in your grave. You have to make wonderful use of those hands now. Kiss your hands so they can make magic.”
Reality: Of course, there are some people whose hands were made to type out memos, put paper through fax machines and hold phones up to talk to people they dislike. These people keep businesses running, and there’s a real sense of entitlement here. Most people at the top had some help getting there (think of the Trumps and Romneys who were “born on third and think they hit a triple”), but a lot of people started at the bottom and worked their way up. Not Drake, though, no matter what he tells you. Drake never started at the bottom. He started in a wheelchair on Degrassi. Also, Drake is softer than a Tempur-Pedic mattress and I hate him. What was I talking about again?
7. “Your retirement plan is for s**t.”
The author writes., “I don’t care how much you set aside for your 401k. It’s over. The whole myth of savings is gone. Inflation will carve out the bulk of your 401k. And in order to cash in on that retirement plan you have to live for a really long time doing stuff you don’t like to do. And then suddenly you’re 80 and you’re living a reduced lifestyle in a cave and can barely keep warm at night.”"
Reality: Bro, that’s precisely why it’s “f**king” important to have a 401K.
Lots of errors here, too, as well as a strange anecdote about a woman getting a makeover and going into consulting, but the Reader’s Digest version of it was, “You’re keeping yourself down.”
Reality: In fairness, that may be true for some. And for others, they may just be playing it safe or waiting for the right moment to make a move. It’s not anyone else’s place to judge them.
9. “It’s okay to take baby steps.”
Reality: Quitting your job isn’t a baby step. If you want to go into something else, take a side gig and develop your skills and network first.
10. “Abundance will never come from your job.”
Reality: Then you’re either in the wrong job, don’t have an appropriate work-life balance or both. You can’t blame corporate America for something that’s your own fault.