Guilt-Free Reasons I Quit a Well-Paying Job

Jordan Mendiola
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We don’t live to work. We work to live.
— Roselyn Oca

When you hear there’s a job offer for $21/hour, you do some things.

Your ears start to perk up, and you begin doing the math on your calculator on how much money you’ll be making. When you see the giant number, you get excited and take the offer.

At the training, you find out that every shift is 12-hours. You tell yourself, let’s give it a try and see what happens!

But that’s half your day.

Those 12-hour shifts are what I did for a week before I reached my breaking point.

I Was Chasing The Money

Money is a great asset in life. Don’t get me wrong. I love to make money and use it towards savings and investments.

But when your job consumes more than half of your day and leaves you with little to no energy to do anything else, that’s a sign it’s not good for you.

I have a primary job. The 12-hour shift job was something I saw as an opportunity, but the consequences weren’t worth it.

I Had No Time for Anything Else

My shift ran from 6 pm-6 am, and it seemed like a great idea but turned out to be a huge distraction.

Outside of work, I am a writer, a runner, a son, an aspiring boyfriend, a role model, a creator, and so much more.

When I worked 12 hours, I left myself only about 3 hours of personal time a day outside of sleeping, and that killed me.

Three hours isn’t enough time to write my stories, spend time with my loved ones, or anything personal.

All I wanted to do was sleep.

That’s living to work and not working to live.

Life Felt so Worthless

I reached a point where I couldn’t get excited about anything outside of work.

All my energy was used up, and my schedule was flipped from everyone I spend time with.

It’s unhealthy because your circadian rhythm can be thrown off, and you’ll never find a working routine.

Think twice before you put a money opportunity before yourself.

If you can’t wake up excited to live your life, then you’re doing it backward.

Final Thoughts

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
— Confucious

Life is way too short to give into experiences we think are opportunities.

I am thankful for the experience of having tried it out and realize that it’s not for me.

Opportunities come at you when you least expect it, and if you’re unsure if it’s right for you, at least take a chance.

That’s how you’ll find out what’s best for you.

Listen to the ones you truly love, especially your woman, because they know you best and genuinely want what’s best for you. That’s what happened to me.

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