They may not be richer, but they're happier
Most people get the feeling that they’re wasting their life in a job that they hate at some point in their lives. Most people would never leave that job because they don’t want to lose their paycheck or benefits. However, the bravest among us take the risk and walk away in order to do what they think will make them happier. For those that succeed, there is no greater thrill.
I left my 9-5 career when I was 27 and traveled with my girlfriend to wine regions, working harvests for two years until I could land a job at a winery in the States. Now I’m a winemaker with my own brand and make money working as the assistant winemaker for a larger winery. I’ve never looked back and love my life. (WanderingWino)
Was trying to move cross country for years to get back into the band that moved away. Got yelled at by my boss for missing the mark on some BS project. Put in my two weeks the next day, had enough of his passive aggressiveness. I took about a month to collect myself, do some chilling and planning. I sold or donated a lot of my stuff, packed my car and left.
Left behind my family, but they supported me (for clarification, no wife or kids, just parents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc). I landed a new sweet gig at a snazzy engineering firm and the band plays two plus shows a month, and we’re writing a new album so I’m stoked.
Took a leap of faith and landed on my feet. (Saturn_5_speed)
Got stuck in some horrible office job full of the usual politics and shallowness. Seeing what the managers were like gave me a sign of what would happen to me if I stayed.
An option for voluntary redundancy came up so I took it. At the time I had no commitments and nothing to lose so thought I’d give it a go. Worked out great. Took a few years to get there but now an illustrator who’s always busy. (Hamsternoir)