I Want To Quit My Job and I Can’t

Be Proud of Your Job

“I want to quit my job and I can’t” had got to be one of the most common laments of the Western mind.  One of the things America suffers from in my opinion is being told that in order to be ‘successful’ you have to experience a certain amount of financial gain. On top of that, you have to attain a certain level of educational accomplishment in order to be ‘really’ successful.

Then they come right around wanting to tell you that if you make your money ‘this’ way rather than ‘that’ way, you are not ‘truly’ successful.

What is Success?

No one knows for sure, but there are a hell of a lot of ideas floated around as authoritative. One in particular revolves around what ‘job’ stands for. According to (some of) the rah rah squad in the network marketing field job is an acronym for Just Over Broke.

Well, ain’t that just the cutest thing you ever did hear?

What a Job Is

A job:

  • Keeps you and your kids fed.
  • Pays for your home or apartment.
  • Is just about the only way an average person can enjoy any significant amount of healthcare.
  • Generates the capital you need to build a business.
  • Retires your debts.
  • Contributes to your retirement of you if your business does not go well or, if, like me, you are a slow learner. (Remember, you only fail if you quit.)

Point is, if you have a job, then embrace that job while you are at it. Do your job, do it well and do it with enthusiasm. It will pay off while you are running around inside your own head trying to figure out what it is that is your passion and your purpose in life. It will also keep the aforementioned benefits in place while you figure out really knows what the hell they are talking about and who is full of crap.

The next time you have the thought “I want to quit my job and I can’t” make you unable to sleep or enjoy the days you do have off, remember this list of benefits.

The 16 Laws of Success by Napoleon Hill

Why do I say it will pay off? Well, for one thing, I know from personal experience that grabbing hold of job least liked by yourself and your peers is likely to cement your place in the organization. Back when I was a contractor for an entity they made the decision that they were no longer going to hire contractors. My contract had something like another 90 or so days to run after all the other contractors would be gone.

What did I do? I looked around for the one thing everyone hated to do, the one thing that everyone seemed more than willing to pawn off onto a willing co-worker. Answering the phone was the criminal element at the center of everyone’s dislike. Do phone triage or assisting someone over the phone was seen as ‘restricting’ and ‘tedious.’ I got really good at it. In fact, I got so good at it that the number of closed calls in the work order system did not drop appreciably with the departure of three of the contractor staff.

I did more than I was paid to do and worked harder than I expected to work. That resulted over time in me moving from a self-employed contractor with no benefits to a net raise, plus benefits and participation in a defined benefit pension plan, the gold standard for retirement plans.

I did not realize it at the time but I had successfully implemented the 9th Law of Napoleon Hill’s ‘The 16 Laws of Success.’ That law was called ‘Habit of Doing More Than Paid for.’

Those who render more service and better service that that for which they are paid sooner or later receive pay for much more than they actually do.

-Napoleon Hill

(Besides, it does not take too much noggin’ scratchin’ to realize that if you are a crappy employee odds are you will be crappy at running your own business. Nor am I going to beat that to death. You either realize it or you don’t.)

Robert Kiyosaki

You’ve all heard of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series of books written by Robert Kiyosaki. Many of you have perhaps read several of his books. I certainly have. Here is my personal list:

  1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  2. Prophecy
  3. Who Took My Money
  4. The Business of the 21st Century
  5. Cash Flow Quadrant

…as well as just about anything to which the man supplies a foreword or introduction.

He often touts the story about how he and his wife lived in a van while they started their business, refusing to accept jobs, advice or help from their friends. I think they may have even lived in a tent at one point.

While I admire their joint determination, I don’t think I am out of line in saying this is probably one of those ‘Don’t try this at home things because I am a professional’ moments.

My question for you fellows out their who read his books, maybe 20 pages into it, skim some of the other chapter headings and then put it back on the shelf because the game is coming on is this:

Do you think that your sweetheart would put up with you living in a car or a tent? No? Then may I suggest that an alternative route to success is to institute Napoleon Hill’s 9th Law of Success and develop the ‘Habit of Doing More Than Paid For.’

A Hard Fact That Not Many People Will Tell You

Deal with the fact that you will occasionally spend money on complete BS. I have. Even today my mentors and I sometimes lament over having blown perfectly good money on something that looked good in theory, but did not work out in practice. Sometimes for no good reason that anyone can see. Sometimes, as you are picking through the pieces of a plan that went exactly no where or blew up in your face that is when and where you find the jewels you were looking for in the first place, left behind in the wreckage.

Quit Looking To Others For Validation

Quit comparing yourself to others.   They don’t know you; they don’t know where you been, what you’ve been through or what you have had to overcome. Every single person’s trip through this life is an individualized experience. Three quarters of what you get blamed for is not your fault and the other 25%? Well, crapola happens. There are two folks you have to look to for approval, that is yourself and your maker.

Back in the day when I was in my early 20’s, I had the opportunity to go to work for Northwestern Mutual Life as a College Intern Agent.

I loved that business. I love whole life. I think whole life from a quality company is one of the most magnificent things every to spring from the mind of man.

Trouble was, I was a young country bumpkin who knew very little about the world or finance or, most importantly, how to relate to and deal with people. I came to the insurance business from a job as a Correctional Officer. Correctional Officer means Prison Guard. I married too young to a woman who was too young and things soon devolved into a constant struggle to get along at home and a constant struggle at work to get along with a General Agent who to this day, while I have feelings of anger towards him for the way I was treated about the things I did not know, I still managed to learn quite a few tricks from him that have served me well over the years. The Ben Feldman Method, the Phil Pierze Approach and the acronym HELP for having something to talk to folks about when conversations had to be had.

HELP stood for

  • Health (How you doing? You feeling good? You’re looking good)
  • Education (Where did you go to school?)
  • Loved ones. (Family, especially kids and what they are up to.)
  • Plans.  (What are your plans for the future?)

So, anyway, there I was, struggling fit to spit trying to make my monthly nut everyone and keep the fires going …and failing.

There really is no other way to put it. I was failing.

At the monthly sales meeting for the experienced agents I was walking in and seeing monthly premiums sales of annualized premiums by one agent that regularly went over $50,000. Now, this was back in the early 80’s mind you. The deep financial background I gained as a Prison Guard was just not doing the trick. I am looking at monthly sales figures where the commission was more than I made annually as an officer of the law. So, me, being me, asked. What in the hell are you doing?

After laughing, we had a deep discussion. The man was not that much older than I, maybe 10 years, maybe a little less. Turned out he was a qualified tax attorney who had decided he was tired of being a lawyer. His reputation was pristine, he was just looking for a change in life …nice to be bored with being a partner and just deciding to do something else because you were bored, right?

I quit comparing myself to him and went to work doing what I understood and that was getting the meeting and solving problems I understood.

Quit comparing yourself to those who are making what you can only fantasize about making and understand there is some education (“Some learnin,’ you got some learnin’ to do, boy,” I can remember my grandad saying.) and some growing as a person in order to be successful at what you do. Just settle down, buckle in, cowboy up and go all out understanding that you will make some mistakes and have some bad days in trying to become an affiliate or online networking person.


Work every job as though it were your last while you look for a better one and while you begin the process of building your own business. Not only will you impress your boss as an employee because you are working so hard to see to his interests but when you finally strike out on your own you will have a relationship with another business owner and this relationship has a high possibility of turning into a customer for your business.

Best Regards,

I want to quit my job and I can't






Tim Singleton

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