There are a lot of reasons people stay at their day jobs when they’d rather do something they’re passionate about.
But not all of those reasons are worth a darn.
Here are a few common—terrible—reasons people give for staying at a job, and why they don’t actually matter.
You’ll Lose Your Health Insurance!
Health insurance is a touchy topic these days. It’s dominating the debate cycle during this election, just like it did in 2016, and 2012, and 2008, and…
Yes, healthcare is a necessity. And for many people with a full-time job, that healthcare is provided by your company. Losing that would cost too much.
But there are two things you have to remember.
First: you can find insurance on your own without a company’s group plan.
Second: you’re already paying for your own insurance. It’s just being taken out of your paycheck before you see it.
What If You Need To Verify Your Income?
There are a lot of instances where you’ll need to verify your income. When you apply for a car loan or a mortgage, the lender will want to see proof of your income so they can make sure that you make enough to afford the payments.
In most cases, you’ll provide the bank with a pay stub from your employer verifying your salary. The people telling you not to quit your day job will tell you that without an employer, you won’t have any pay stubs to show. How can you get a pay stub without a payroll department writing it up for you?
And yeah, a pay stub is a much neater method of income verification than a spreadsheet with all of your various PayPal transactions, Square reports, and cash deposits from craft shows.
But you can turn all of that documentation into a pay stub of your own at a site like PayStubs.net, and it will work just the same.
Your Job is Stable!
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
Stability is one of the biggest reasons people settle for a non-dream job. It might not get their heart racing, but it’s stable.
But the fact of the matter is, even a “stable” job isn’t unshakeable. Speaking to a graduating class at Maharishi University, Jim Carrey told graduates that his father decided to ignore his dream of being a comedian and take the “safe job” to be an accountant. But then one day, he was laid off—from a job he didn’t even want.
You can fail at something that you don’t want to do, so you might as well do find what you love.
If You Do What You Love For a Job, You’ll Hate It
There’s something toxic about Americans’ relationship with work. Work is that thing that you hate, and there’s no other way around it.
Many of us are so tied to that mindset that we think that if we get a job doing what we love, we’ll end up resenting it. The second we get paid for our passions, it sours and is ruined forever.
But the good news is, that’s not a necessary part of work. That’s more a symptom of poor stress management than an intrinsic part of monetizing your passions.
So don’t be afraid to get paid for doing what you love. That should be the ideal, shouldn’t it?
Do What You Love
There are a thousand reasons not to do something. But sometimes, those reasons don’t hold much weight.
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