“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Confucius
Corporate jobs may seem like a good idea for many people: awesome benefits, room for upward movement and a nice fat paycheck. But the monotony, micromanaging and being a desk jockey gets to a lot of people. If your corporate job is unfulfilling, you may want to move on before that mid-life crisis hits. But where to? These Redditors left their hoity-toity jobs and went into something much more satisfying.
Are you brave enough to follow suit?
“I was a librarian in my provincial government (being vague, there aren’t many). Worked long hours and was stressed and hated my coworkers.
My parents retired out to a small town on Vancouver Island. I came out to visit in February. Spent a week catching up with my parents, going out, walking along the beach and hiking in the forests and up mountains.
I’d moved out here by the end of June.
I now work 3 days a week in a local shop and spend a few extra hours a week teaching people technology in their homes. I have a crappy little apartment where everything in it is run down and older than I am, but it’s right in the middle of the tiny town. Out one window I see the mountains, out the other, the ocean. Out the back is a provincial forest.
I may not make much money at all, but I make enough to pay the bills and sock away a few hundred bucks every few months. I live simply, but love every day of it. No regrets at all. I’m with my family (my sister moved out here as well), I love my job, my coworkers, and every day I step outside, look around, and say “‘wow, I’m so lucky.'” –IndomitableSam
To the Islands!
“I worked for a Fortune 500 company for 5 years in San Francisco. When I finally decided to leave I told my boss that I was leaving and he was like ‘Where are you going?’ expecting to hear ‘Google’ or ‘Facebook’ or something like that. I told him ‘Costa Rica’ and his reaction was pretty great. It was the best decision that I could have made. I wasn’t happy doing work that wasn’t meant for me. After leaving I ended up leading a team at a new startup doing things that are much more morally aligned with my personal values than what I was doing previously. There’s not enough time in life to put up with being unhappy at work. If you don’t like it then quit.
Surviving is easy. Thriving is difficult.” –terbeaux