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The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 2 million readers. As featured on: CBS, BBC, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Quitting Your Job Is Easy

Open Road after Quitting

Scores of people ask us how to quit their jobs. Much of the time it feels like they’re simply asking for our permission.

The truth is you don’t need our permission. Quitting your job is incredibly easy. Simply walk into your boss’s office and say Screw you, I quit!

See, that was easy. What happens after you quit is the hard part.

First, the simple questions surface: What will I do to make money? How am I going to pay my bills? How will I afford medical coverage? What if I fail? What do I do about the people who depend on me?

Eventually, the more difficult questions begin to peek there ugly little heads into the picture: How will I spend my newfound free time? How will I live a more meaningful life? How will I cope with this new sense of utter loneliness. What if this doesn’t work long-term? What will I tell people I “do” if I no longer have a title to give them. Will I die alone?

The most important questions, however, should be asked before you consider leaving your job: Am I living a lie? Why do I want to quit my job? What am I passionate about? What is my mission in life? Should I look for employment that is more in line with my passions and my mission? What would my ideal employer look like? Should I start my own business? Will the Cincinnati Bengals ever make it to the Super Bowl?

With the exception of that last question, these are better, more meaningful questions that get you to the root of why you want to quit your job in the first place: you are unhappy with your current circumstances.

Quitting your job isn’t the answer to all your problems, and it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. We wrote an entire chapter exploring the difference between a job, a career, and your mission in our book Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life.

Listen to Joshua & Ryan discuss minimalism with radio legend Don Marsh during their recent interview on NPR Radio.