I’ve been in your shoes
I’ve wondered if there’s “more to life”.
I’ve hated waking up everyday for another dreaded day, only to make enough money to pay the bills.
I know this all to well and if I’m being completely honest with you, it never goes away.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – Albert Einstein
You’re doing the same thing but expecting something different to happen.
I’m telling you, changes happen when you make changes.
That’s when you turn your life around and make it better, exactly how you want it to be.
So should you quit your dead end job? That’s what I’m going to help you with today.
13 signs you should quit your dead end job
1. You live for the weekend
You always have Mondayitis, you are unhappiest on Sunday nights, you love thirsty Thursdays and you get a rush of dopamine when you walk out of work on a Friday afternoon.
2. You constantly complain
When you’re out with friends, you are constantly complaining about how much you hate your job.
You complain about the boss, your coworkers, your hours, your working conditions.
You’ll literally find anything just to complain about.
3. You are unhappy
Everyone gets unhappy from time to time, but it becomes an extreme problem when you’re unhappy 90% of the time.
Even when you’re not working you’re unhappy.
You hate what you’re doing the other 40 hours a week of your life and this is a sign that you need to get out.
4. Your boss is a jerk
Having a good boss is the backbone of any successful workplace with happy employees.
If your boss is a jerk, he can make you hate every single day of your life even when you’re not working.
This is one of the easiest signs that you should quit.
5. You can’t advance
If you’re at the top and still unhappy or don’t feel a sense of direction, then this is a good indicator that you should get out now.
You don’t want to be doing the same thing for another 20+ years.
Time is very limited, make the most of it!
6. No one wants to change
Does the boss not care about changing the routine?
Is there no way the employers want to switch things up and make things fresh again?
Change is good.
If they’re still stuck doing what they done back in the 90s, it’s a sign that you should run for the hills.
7. The boss is unfair
Your boss is always choosing your coworkers for specific tasks.
You don’t get opportunities your coworkers get and you’re always on the back burner, especially for promotions.
This is a big sign that you should get out of your dead end job.
8. The boss doesn’t care about your career plan
No matter how much times you pour your heart and soul out to the boss about your career plan, he just brushes you off.
He doesn’t give you any new opportunities and will always make excuses to put them off longer.
9. Your opinion doesn’t matter
Oh this is a big one and rings close to my heart.
I was doing an apprenticeship a few years ago and the boss would always tell me to “sparken up”.
As in, speak up when you have something to say and apply myself to every situation.
Well, I did exactly that and I would quickly be shutdown with a “you’re just an apprentice”, or “no no no we do it this way”.
No explanation why, just shutdown like I’m a nobody.
Well why the f*** did he tell me to speak my mind when my opinion doesn’t matter.
Needless to say, I quit that job real quick.
Even if it wasn’t a dead end job, your boss still needs to respect you as a person and hear your opinion.
10. You can’t get a pay increase
Oh man, this is another one that I’ve experienced firsthand.
It’s in the same job as the one above actually.
When I started my apprenticeship I was on minimum wage, I was promised over and over again that I will get a pay rise soon.
I passed 2 courses in 2 years and guess what? Still no pay increase.
Keep in mind I am doing the job on my own and know what I’m doing, yet the boss still didn’t want to pay me more.
I quit after 2 years and it was the best decision I ever made.
On top of that, everyone in the workplace was toxic.
It was just a mentally draining place and I knew I had to get out of there before it got worse (and ended up miserable like the rest)
11 . You’re undervalued
You have great skills that you use all the time in the workplace.
Yet, you’re undervalued and everyone else doesn’t notice you…or they make out they don’t.
This goes hand in hand with not getting a pay increase.
Because the employers refuse to see how good you really are.
12. You experience favoritism
You never get offered opportunities and your coworkers always get the promotions.
You have to “suck up” to the boss to get on their good side and get the promotions.
But I know you’re better than that and you refuse to kiss ass. I don’t blame you.
13. You work with older people
Usually if you’re much younger than other people in the workplace, they have been doing it for donkeys years and you are a nobody to them.
They are stuck in their ways, they have been doing it literally most of their life and you’re not going to come in and change their ways.
That’s the way they look at it and that’s why they have such bad attitudes.
But what if your next job pays less?
What if your next job pays less than your dead end job?
Trust me, this will not matter when you’re a much happier person.
And usually you’ll find a way to make it work. You’ll make the necessary adjustments and adapt.
You’ll feel on top of the world again and it will be the best decision of your career.
Having less pay isn’t going to bother you too much, believe me.
However, if you are worried about it, you could always supplement your income by earning extra money online.
Check out my earning money category and see if you like any of the methods.
Your job skills are transferable
You’ve been in the same dead end job for numerous years now, and you’ve picked up a lot of transferable skills.
These skills can move on to other career choices and even everyday situations.
Do not feel that you will be throwing all of this away because that’s certainly not the case.
For example; if you’re a manager, you’re able to quickly make important decisions, you can work under pressure, you can manage a team, you are a leader, you have the ability to learn everything there is to know about a company.
These are all great traits that you can put on your resume.
Don’t think you’re taking an L because you are the complete opposite.
You are a winner and you’re on the right track to kicking that dead end job to the curb.
Happiness should be held above all
If you’re still making excuses to not quit, know that your happiness is at stake and will stay that way because nothing is changing in the workplace.
Everyone just wants to be happy in life, that’s the ultimate goal.
Chasing happiness should be your number one priority, not money.
I know I’m a much happier person not working for anyone else.
I hate being told what to do, I’m a man that LOVES full independence and freedom.
I decided to do something about all my bad career choices and I am a much happier person.
That’s what you should be chasing too. Because living life happy is the best thing you can ever do.
Get out while you’re mentally stable
Can you think of doing the exact same job for the next 30+ years?
I know, it’s soul destroying just thinking about it.
I know for a fact that bad jobs bring your entire life downhill, even your personal life.
However, you have the upper hand.
You’re aware of what’s going on and you can make the necessary adjustments to having a better life and career.
You may feel like quitting is not easy but when you’re in a mentally draining job, it’ll be the best choice you ever make.
As soon as you hand in that notice, you’ll feel the entire world lifting off of your shoulders.
You will feel a new sense of direction and purpose and you will literally feel brand new.
Learn how to quit gracefully here.
What sort of struggles are you going through at your dead end job? Talk to us in the comments below!
Brandon is from New Zealand and does affiliate marketing full-time. This is his job and loves every second of it. He hated the typical 9-5 and found a way out of the rat race. The reason he created this website was to help and inspire others who also want a way out.