Do Quit Your Day Job

How many times have you heard the old saw “Don’t quit your day job:, often delivered with a does of ridicule or derision regarding something you, yourself, want to do.  Many of my fellow Americans, in particular, are so hung up on the thought “you must have a job” that they now even file lawsuits in Federal court to try to force taxpayers to give them free rides  … even when their jobs no longer have any function.  All I can say to them is … sucks to be you, doesn’t it?

Regular readers already know how I feel about legalized slavery and long-term, low-pay prostitution.  My friend Steve said it very well here, listing 10 reasons why even young folks should never get a job.  Many of the audience here is like me, well seasoned and now out of the rat race, so we don’t have to wrestle with the decision.  Here;s a lady, though, who doesn’t have as many miles on her as I do … isn’t retired … currently has a job … and is dumping it to be a full-time blogger.  All i can say is, in the slang of a few years back, You go, girl!

Many Internet voices have commented on Pat’s decision … often advising caution.  Well, I advise caution too … cautious entrepreneurship.  Find a niche, build it and tell the “job” crowd to take a hike.

If you are already retired and wishing you had some more cash per month … you’re in the right place.  Learn, try and do … empower your own retirement.  If you are still stuck in the wage-slave role, may I ask why?  Comments are certainly open.


  1. I couldn’t agree more. I quit my day job about 6 months ago and I have never been happier. I’ve been pretty broke since then, but the benefits far outweigh the lack of extra cash. 🙂

    I’d rather scrape out a living freelancing on Craig’s List and promoting my websites than work at a normal, steady job ever again.

    I believe if I work hard and smart enough that I can eventually make way more than I ever would have as a cook.

  2. Dave, thanks for the mention! I don’t know why I didn’t do this much sooner. I am amazed at the change in my outlook already, even though I still have a week of work to go. I realize now that you need to change your mindset to an entrepreneurial one, before you quit your job. It is not a matter of having the money to quit. It is just a matter of how you look at it – when you get your head straight, everything else follows.

  3. My wife and I are on our way out–have been for about 8 years now. With two kids it’s kind of spooky, but we made the decision to have her stop working full time about 8 years ago.

    She runs two businesses out of the house here. Now I’ve started kind of a 3rd with my writing. But I still have two “normal” employers that help us pay the bills.

    But the goal is to this year, eliminate the part time one for me, and then who knows–hopefully sooner rather than later dump the other employer.

    Got to be cautious with two kids and a mortgage though. But we’re taking it step by step.


  4. Hello Pat and Chris … thanks to both of you for coming back and reading here at Retired Pay World. there is nothing much more pboring and annoying in this world than an older guy who wastes everyone’s time with tales of “what I woulda, shoulda, coulda done in days gone by, so I’ll refrain from being that guy. I made most of my life decisions based on sound advice … but that isn’t to say I would have made them sll the same again.

    Of course one must use caution and move carefully from rock to rock when crossing life’s river … but I am glad to see a few kindred souls out there who realize that standing on the “safe” shore, waiting and hoping for the “job” farry (fairy) to come in is not always the best way.

    I’m especially interested in helping fellow seniors empower themselves and to get away from that continual whining of “oh if only Social Security paid more”, etc., etc. We are owed nothing in this life and we have the power to make our lives better, just by doing something … you two are an inspiration.

  5. Dave, I came here from your comment on Darren Rowse’s “How Old Are You? Poll” post. From what I’ve seen thus far, I’ll probably be coming back.

    I retired earlier this year.

    I was an instructor at a nuclear power plant. I had been the license class program coordinator for many years and had planned to finish the class that was in progress at the time and retire after the class that three months ago. Their licensing exam will be in August 2008.

    It was a good job and I enjoyed it. Most of the time, it didn’t even seem like work.

    However, for the first time in my life, I had a boss that I just couldn’t take at work. He’s not a bad guy, just the wrong guy in that position. That combined with some of the nonsense things we were having to do in our job and some changes that were coming because of an new “alignment” of site organizations throughout the 13 nuclear sites of our company made my decision easy.

    I ended up retiring essentially as soon as I could under the company’s retirement policy. I took my 2007 vacation, plus some carryover days, in January and February and retired February 28th. I got my first retirement payment the next day.

    I turned 55 February 3rd.

  6. About working, I have been qorking for five years, working at university give freedom for me to do other things. I am going to quit, but not now, I am going to enjoy working first and at the same venturing into internet bussiness.

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