The #1 Reason You MUST Quit The Job You Hate

The #1 Reason You MUST Quit The Job You Hate

Quitting a job is no easy decision to make…

Even if you hate it to the very depths of your soul.

Hell, for some, it might be amongst the hardest decisions that they will have to make during their life.

However, truth is, that sooner or later, you MUST quit it.

You can’t go on like this for the rest of your life and you know it.

It took me 2 years to actually quit a job I hated and I hated it since day #1.

And among all those reasons that made me want to quit, it was just one that I couldn’t ignore for the life of me.

This was it… The life of me!

The reason I am talking about, the reason that motivated me to take the leap and quit a job I hated, was that I am going to dieAnd you are too!

You Are Going to Die!

The only certainty in this rather uncertain world is that someday, you are going to die.

The time that you have been given on this Earth is limited, borrowed…

How limited?

Let’s start putting things under perspective…


You’ll Spend More Than 55% of Your Years Working

Nowadays, the average human being will live for 80 years.

Most of us will start working a job somewhere around 20 years old and retire at 65. This means that for 45 years of our life, we will be spending at least 8 hours a day working…

45 years is more than half (55%) of the total years an average person lives and 8 hours per day is 1/3 of our entire day or else, HALF of our waking hours.

So, you will spend more than half of the years you are going to live, working for HALF of the hours you are awake.

If you do the math, working for 8 hours a day for 45 years means spending 3600 days or 10 years of your life actually working.

And let’s not kid ourselves, this is a best-case scenario.

Most people work more than 8 hours a day and if you include the commute to and from work as well as the time you spend preparing to go to work, the actual time that you spend on stuff which is directly or indirectly related to your job can rise up to 10 or even more hours a day.

Are you okay with spending all this valuable time working a job you hate?

I know I was not…


You’ll Spend Less Than 19% of Your Years NOT Working

As we saw, you’ll live for 80 years and you’ll be working for 45 years.

This means that you still have 35 years of time not working right?

But since you are here, I am guessing that your first 20 carefree years whereas didn’t have to work because your parents took care and provided for you are over right?

Now you are a grownup person working a grownup job…

So your next opportunity to enjoy life without having to work will be when you retire at 65. IF you actually live to be 80 and IF you actually manage to retire at 65, you will have merely 15 years to finally relax and do all the things that you couldn’t do because you had to work so fucking much.

Those 15 years are less than 19% of the years that an average person lives.

So from that point right now, until you die you get to be job-free just for the last 19% of your life.

That’s depressing.

What’s even more depressing is that when you retire at 65, chances are that you will be way too tired to do much… Working a job you hate will have beaten you to the ground and it will probably have contributed to the development of several health issues that further limit you and hold you back from doing what you always dreamed of doing once you retire.

If you hate your job, QUIT IT! Or you’ll spend the majority of your life doing something you hate.

You don’t have to quit tomorrow if you don’t want or can’t afford to…

But there’s absolutely no excuse in being inert.

Start planning your way out and start acting on your plan ASAP. Your plan doesn’t have to be perfect… You can always improvise along the way.

Also, you don’t have to go all the way and find the best job on the planet.

Just find a job that you won’t hate so you don’t spend the majority of your days hating your life.


You Will Probably Die Sooner Than You Expect

Did you know that 35% of people won’t live up to celebrate their 80th birthday? This means that after you retire at 65, you might actually spend way less than 15 years not working. It might be 10 years, 5 years, or even 1 year…

And did you know that 20% of people will never reach the age of 65?

Yes, there is a 20% chance that you won’t even get to the sweet salvation of retirement that you have been so eagerly waiting to save you from the job you had been hating for 40+ years.

You can’t imagine how many times I’ve heard of people staying at jobs they hated for decades, waiting for retirement to save them only to die 1-2 years after actually retiring. You can’t grasp how many times I’ve heard of people who never got to retire and spent ALL their life working jobs they hated.

Fuck, if this isn’t a waste of the single life you are going to live I don’t know what is.

Nobody can guarantee that you will reach 80. Nobody can guarantee that you can reach 65. Hell, no one can even guarantee that you’ll live till next weekend.

151,600 people die each day and you can never know if tomorrow or one year from now you’ll be just another +1 within this scary number.


Just Imagine…

Imagine having only one year to live…

Would keep going to your current job? Would you be okay for having stayed at a job you hate for so long? Would you consider your limited time well-spent? Would you be proud of how you lived your life?

Or you would be full of regret for not going after what you want?

I know I would regret the hell out of working a job I hate for all my life.

And regret is the worst feeling in the world because it can NEVER be fixed or reversed. Once your time is lost it can never return. You don’t get redos or revisions. What happened, happened and that’s it. You can’t do shit!

I’d definitely rather regret leaving the job I hate than always wondering what would have happened if I had left it.

Regretting something you did is much better than regretting something you didn’t do.

Life is way too short and precious to spend it working a job you hate.

You weren’t born to work your butt off to pay your bills. You weren’t born to grind through a job you hate until you retire, or until you die, whichever comes first.

You were born to thrive and be happy.

And always remember that in the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.



Death is scary…

But at the same time, if used the right way, it can become an enormously positive and motivating driving force in your life.


Because once you realize that you are going to die, whatever excuse or thought is holding you back from going after what you want, falls into pieces.

It doesn’t matter what other people will say, how your parents are going to react, what your friends or boss or colleagues are going to think, if you end up downgrading your lifestyle, selling your car, moving out of your apartment to a smaller one, if you fail and have to start all over again, etc.

Since at some point you are going to die anyway, you really have nothing to lose by going after what you want right now.

Go after the job you believe you’ll like. Take that class to gain new skills. Start your own online business, YouTube channel, podcast. Move to the city in search of a better job or move out of the city to be closer to nature.

Do whatever you want, and you’ll see how everything turns out. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? At some point, you will die anyway, right?

Also, do not guide your decisions based on how much money you’ll be able to make. It’s always way better to be happy throughout your days and make less money, than making a lot of money and being miserable most of the time.

Lastly, to motivate you even more, here are 21 More Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job ASAP.


So, are you working a job you hate? For how long? What is keeping you from leaving it?

I would love to hear all about your story in the comments below.


If you have any questions or need any further help or guidance from me, please email me at or drop me a PM on my Wealthy Affiliate Profile.

I’ll be thrilled to help you out.



Written by:

Harry is the founder and creative director of Dear Boss I Quit. His mission is to inspire and help as many people as possible escape the 9-5 grind forever by building a passive income online just like he accomplished a few years back.

You can read more about Harry’s story right here.

10 Responses

  1. There was a research that says, one should really quit job or retire at 60 and not 65. 

    Study revealed that most people who retired at 65 only lived for 2-5 years. 

    But those who retired at 60 lived longer (approx. 15-20 years more).

    I agree with what you said that we really have nothing to lose if we open ourselves to something that could improve our lives, even if it means adjusting a lot! 

    If a job doesn’t make you happy quit it and try to find one that can fulfill you!

    1. Wow, I will absolutely try to look into that study more extensively. Do you happen to have a link to it or let me know where you found it? Another blog? YouTube?


  2. I love this post, it is the first time I come across some brutal truth, but surprisingly not you are actually right and I would be really astonished if anyone would not agree with you. 

    We spend so much time doing what we do not want to do and for far too long, I think most of the people are just too scared to admit it or face the truth. 

    I am very proud to say that I actually quit my job exactly three days ago and I plan to take charge of the rest of my life doing and being a much happier version of me!

    1. Way to go Barbara!!!

      Could you please share a little bit about your story? Why did you quit? How did you quit? Did you have anything else lined up or not? What’s your next move?

      I would love to hear all about it.


  3. Hi Harry, I must say that your article is very helpful and motivating. 

    We are indeed coming closer to death every second that passes and time passes fast.

    What is really sad is that we spend all of our life doing a job we actually don’t like and enjoy. For me, it is not so easy to change the situation as you know, family, bills, credits but I will strive to my dream of working from home and spending more time with my kids and wife.

    1. Dear Daniel,

      Many people are exactly where you are but many people have also managed to escape similar or even worse situations by investing their free time towards achieving their goals.

      I am working a full-time job just like you and I am investing all my free time (after work, weekends, holidays, etc) towards scaling my online business to success.

      What’s your escape plan?? Have you started an online business of your own or are you going at it another way?


  4. Hi Harry

    It’s a funny post I thought before reading this article. Now I realise that it is helpful for those people who work in corporate without their willingness. Regret is the worst feeling in the world because it can NEVER be fixed or reversed. Before creating a online business should I quite my job what do you think?

    I don’t also want to regret in future for what I want to do but I didn’t do that. 

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    1. Everyone has a choice… No one put a gun against your head or mine and told us “work here or die”. And even if that happened, you still have a choice of dying 😛

      I am still working a normal job while building my online business on the side. This way it will take much more time until I get where I want but I can still pay my bills, maintain my apartment and be able to purchase food.

      If you can make it without earning money for a while, a year or so, then you might as well quit your job and focus hard on making your online business successful. Sometimes, quitting a job you hate is much less stressful than not having an income for a while.

      Hope this helps,


  5. I absolutely agree with you. 

    When it comes down to it, your health is far more important than anything. If you’re at a job you hate and it’s constantly stressing you out, then it’s time to quit. 

    People need to go on a tight budget, downgrade where possible and just take a job that makes them happy, even if it doesn’t pay as much. 

    1. Whatever comes at the cost of your own health and well-being is way too expensive. 

      I actually downgraded my lifestyle a bit to be able to get out of a job I hated. I found another one which paid less but was way more tolerable and I’ve never looked back.

      I am still there while working my way to earning my living online.

      Hopefully, it happens soon 🙂


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