I chanced upon this video on Facebook by Rob Dial’s “Why you should quit your job!”. It set me thinking whether quitting your job to pursue your dream is a worthwhile cause. Is pursuing financial freedom the only goal you should have?
Here is the transcript of Rob Dial’s video. In case you did not know, one day you are going to die and I want to show you why the job that you have that you hate is a waste of your life. From 0 to 10 years old is our childhood, from 10 to 20 years old is our teenage years and we have a lot of fun and most of us usually get a job around 20 years old. Most people will retire at around 65 years old. Now if we are lucky, we will live all the way to 80 years old. Now if you look at this, the majority of our lives will actually be spent at work. A recent Gallup poll, found that 85% of people in America don’t enjoy their jobs, and in China and Japan, that number is almost 94%. Now this crazy statistics, most people hate what they do but spend most of their lives doing it.
Do you want to spend the majority of your life doing something that you hate doing? Just so you know, if you are slaving away for retirement down here, you are missing the point because only 82% of the world actually live to the age of 65. If you get to age of 65 years old, on average you only have about 15 more years left to live after you retire. Also, only 65% of people actually live until age of 80 years old.
So don’t stay at a job where you dread Mondays and live for the weekends. If you don’t like your job, quit it. Find another way to make money. It’s okay to wake up tomorrow and completely reinvent yourself and become the person that you have always wanted to be. It’s never to late to start. Now you may be thinking, well that’s unrealistic because I have a family to feed and…What I want you to think of is this.
If your children grow up just to be just like you and you work a job that you hate. Guess what they will do when they get older? The same thing. Do you want that life for them? Wouldn’t you rather have your children watch you live a fulfilled life doing what you love so that they can grow up and do the same. Even if it means that you make less money, because no matter how you make your money, whether you are the CEO of a billion dollar company or a janitor, we all end up as dust. So it is really great love and respect that I want to challenge you to rethink your life. If you are not happy with your job or your purpose, or your meaning in life, change it. It’s okay to make less money doing something that you love, and not feel the need to buy a bigger house, or a new car, just because your neighbor did, you don’t have to keep up with the Joneses, fear being judged by people just because you don’t have that great job title. Don’t look back at the end of your life and see unfulfilled dreams or chances that you did not take, and days that were just wasted away at a job that you hated.
Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to actually make a life because life is so short. Do something that you love and be proud of it and when you are not working, spend that time with the people that you love because here’s the deal, you weren’t born to just pay the bills and die. You were born to thrive.
I had worked for the past 11 years and half way through my 36 years. In another 6 months, another year will pass. As I am approaching 40 years old, I start to realize that more of my peers are becoming more vulnerable to cancer, disease and age related issues. The following gentleman featured in Channel News Asia used to be a physical education teacher when I was in high school. It pains me to see him in this situation and I realize that nothing is guarantee in life. Life can throw you a curve ball and it voice down to how you can overcome it.
I like Rob Dial’s video especially on the section on how your children will observe you, whether you have lived a challenged and fulfilled life. I have a friend who have seen how his father struggled in business and he will never want to start his own business, he prefers to work for somebody. Personally, I just want to live a satisfied life, knowing that there is no regret at the end of my journey. I want to show my children that at every stages in life, I have tried and done my utmost best.
Life is too short. I am not asking you to quit your job without a plan. You need to have a plan. “How can I put food on table? ” Whether you have sufficient savings to tide you through while you reinvent your career? Plan it accordingly and may you have a prosperous path.