Quitting my job at an age where my fellow classmates were beginning their careers is terrifying. I made the choice when I graduated college with my B.S in Mechanical Engineering Tech, that I did not want to begin the full time work.
I had several entrepreneurial ventures before I saw success, but in 2017, I quit my engineering teaching job to pursue being a stock market trader. Society had a lot of backlash on this decision, but luckily the people who mattered supported my choices. Below is my personal experiences on this journey of an alternative method of income; I hope this article can help you weigh your own decision on how you choose to make money.
Why I left my job:As an intern, I worked with many extremely smart engineers of all different expertise. I noticed a lot of my coworkers lacked motivation and dragged their feet on the job. People even mentioned that they “didn’t love their job, but it paid the bills”. A lot of managers weren’t leaders and often people I didn’t feel safe around as I had received threatening comments. This just didn’t seem like a way I wanted to live my life. When I mentioned this to others, they agreed that they hadn’t gotten along with their bosses either, but “that is just life”, and I was not ready to accept that.
At the time of quitting my job, I was working part-time as an engineering teacher for children. While I loved giving back, it was a way to support myself through trial and error start-up business ideas. When I found the stock market, I went all in on my education process and lost a lot of money. I saw the earning potential, and eventually taught myself to create a sustainable income in trading and documenting my journey on youtube.
Do I regret it?There is one thing that I regret about quitting my job, and that is that I regret not learning alternative options of income at a younger age. I regret not searching for more eye opening books at a younger age, such as Rich Dad Poor Dad. Like most 18 year olds, I was groomed to believe that going to college was the key to obtaining wealth. This is not the case, and is often a large flaw in the education system. There is no need to go to school and learn how to be a good employee, when you can teach yourself how to build assets.
Honestly, leaving my job was the best decision for my happiness and has opened a wide variety of opportunities. Working 40 hours a week for 40 years of my life was not my preferred method of living life, and now I have created freedom of time and money for my household.
How you can quit your job too:While this option isn’t for the fainted heart who love waking up to a paycheck being deposited in their bank account every other Friday, this option does has its perks on earning and tax saving potential. If you feel committed to pursuing a passion of yours to capitalize income on, I would recommend:
so you can feed your dream. Life is short, and it is important you have time and resources to spend time with who you value where you choose!