70 thoughts on “People who quit their job to follow their dreams, how did it turn out for you?

  1. sindhichhokro February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Quit my job back in March 2016 to start my software development company. It was trashy for 8 months but then I landed a client who paid USD 16k for some shitty software. All the paper work was done, now they wanted some portion of the money from me as bribe for giving me the project. Partner agreed to it whereas I was hard pressed on not. My partner took everything out of company bank account into his account. I didn’t deliver the software due to that, he kept calling me to deliver and I said fuck off.

    Now I am waiting for them to go against me in Court for not delivering the software so that I can prove to court room with all the proof of audio and paper to court room and see them suffer for rest of their lives.

    Fast forward to January 2018, I restarted to my software development company, have offered free service for entire month of January here on reddit. Completed 7 projects in that month to have a portfolio. Now I have one client from those 7 projects. He pays me good, he honest, doesn’t do shitty work. I am feeding my stomach and looking forward to new clients.

  2. RabTom February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Great! I quit my soul sucking call centre job to go do Game Development. It helped that I had been doing it as a hobby for years and a bit of contract work.

    I just woke up one day and thought, “fuck this soul sucking job”. Never went back.

    Been in Game Dev for 8 years and a Lead Developer now.

  3. R680 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Well, I didn’t make it in the dream job situation, in fact I went broke and was waiting tables at age 35. So I went back to school all over and found a career that I like, but not love. However I am no longer a desk jockey and if I want to do some cool stuff in my new career it’s a total possibility, just depends on my own effort.

  4. Hamsternoir February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Great, got stuck in some horrible office job full of the usual politics and shallowness, seeing what the managers were like gave me a sign of what would happen to me if I stayed.

    An option for voluntary redundancy came up so I took it, at the time I had no commitments and nothing to lose so thought I’d give it a go.

    Worked out great, took a few years to get there but now an illustrator who’s always busy.

  5. nosidamadison February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I had to get a new job almost immediately after.

    Quit my last job to move across the country. I’ve been trying to move for almost five years now. Each time I think “I’m gonna do it!” my finances go “lol.” And I definitely could not afford it.

    Last year I thought “No. I’m doing this.” I had a shitty job. (Paid well, but my management was shit and I was borderline suicidal because of how stressed and how much I hated it.

    My manager came at me one more time over something entirely too stupid to yell at an employee over, and I quit right then and there. I did my end of the night paperwork, told everyone by, called security, turned in my badge, and fucking left. Only returned to give back my uniforms and have an exit interview where I told HR how shitty they really were. From what I heard, the department underwent an investigation. And most of the management left.

    But, once again, life fucked me. I had to scramble to get a new job. I worked as a waitress at an Applebees. Actually did really well. I got a employee of the month and a promotion in my first three months, and then I got fired because an undercover cop sent teenagers in with fake IDs to get alcohol, and I couldn’t tell they were fake. A $1000 dollar ticket and I lost my liquor license.

    A year after I quit my first job, I started working in a hotel chain. Love it, aside from creepy people that mess with me (I work night shift, so all the meth heads and homeless people try to sneak in and steal shit.) and when I get my income tax, god dammit, I’m going to try *again* to live my dream.

  6. EpicSchwinn February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Quit college to join the army. Four years and many miles later and I’m going back to school now. It wasn’t all roses and I hated a lot of it but I don’t regret it at all. I’d probably do it again.

    My next dream is to start an outdoors company. I wanna sell people outdoor travel packages, all equipment and a tour guide included. May only ever amount to a side hustle but I just really wanna build something that’s my own.

  7. Nerdysylph February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit my job at taco bell to follow my dream of not working at taco bell. Sure enough, dreams do come true!

  8. Kooriki February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit a 9-5 office job to get into movies/visual effects. It’s worked out great for me; Good wages, pretty top in my field, and there’s a certain thrill knowing that probably 95%+ of the English speakers in the world who have a TV or go to movies have seen some of my work.

    It’s a good, but somewhat difficult career. No regrets.

  9. Saturn_5_speed February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Was trying to move cross country for years to get back into the band that moved away.
    Got yelled at by my boss for missing the mark on some BS project. Put in my 2 weeks the next day, had enough of his passive aggressiveness.
    I took about a month to collect myself, do some chilling and planning. I sold or donated a lot of my stuff, packed my car and left.

    Left behind my family, but they supported me (for clarification, no wife or kids, just parents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc). I landed a new sweet gig at a snazzy engineering firm and the band plays 2+ shows a month and we’re writing a new album so I’m stoked.

    Took a leap of faith and landed on my feet.

  10. b33r_engineer February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Turns out, my dreams didn’t pay the bills.

    On the other hand, my *new* job is fucking amazing, vs. my old job being a soul-draining hellhole of stupid, so it all works out in the end.

  11. WanderingWino February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I left my 9-5 career when I was 27 and travelled with my girlfriend to wine regions and worked harvests for two years until I could land a job at a winery in the states. Now I’m a winemaker with my own brand and have a money making job working as the assistant winemaker for a larger winery. I’ve never looked back and love my life.

  12. eraser_dust February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    My health has been amazing. I used to be sick 80% of the time since I have an autoimmune disease (Sjögren’s..very mild and no big deal), so being in an office full of people who don’t take care of their health AND in a 3rd world country means I keep getting sick. And it takes me over a month to recover.

    I’m still not making much money right now, but I’m really lucky I have a husband who supports me. As he pointed out, we’re actually saving money now, because my 3rd world salary means that I was spending 80-120% of my monthly salary on my medical bills.

  13. Rombl February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Pretty good so far!

    However it took a lot of planning and some sacrifice.
    My wife and I started an online shop as a side-business to make extra income about 6 years ago. She handled most of the day to day stuff but I helped with production.
    Our dream was to be able to work together from home, so that we had more time to together (so I could spoil her, naturally!) and more freedom to do what we liked doing.

    I started working for a telecom company in retail sales for the last few years (a job that had great benefits and that I really liked). Meanwhile the online shop kept growing.
    It had hit a point where she was making more from it than I was!

    Well eventually I was spending several hours a day before and after work helping with the online orders. My wife was starting to get a little overwhelmed by the amount of growth. So after a lot of discussion and prayer, we decided that if we were going to keep growing the online shop I would need to quit my current job and work with her on it full time.

    While we would be losing the benefits and pay from my current job, we would get to spend more time together and would have more freedom to do what we wanted. We enjoy travelling but the job I had was pretty controlling on when and how you used vacation time.

    It meant tightening our belts for a bit, as we got used to just living off of what was coming in from the online business, but with both of us focusing on it full time, we were soon back to making what we were before.
    We had actually discussed the eventuality about a year before I finally quit. This let us plan things out, such as paying off some bills and getting our expenses as low as possible.

    Funny thing is the day I went in to quit didn’t go as I wanted it to.
    When I got into work I let the manager know I needed to talk to her when she had a minute. Before that happened, I got called in by one of the Assistant Managers and “reprimanded” for not following sales procedure. There was a certain “loose script” they wanted us to follow when interacting with customers that I refused to follow as many customers would get frustrated with the interaction because it felt “scripted” and they didn’t think their issues were being taken seriously. We had butted heads on this before, and he felt I was just being stubborn, but my sales were always on target and I had numerous repeat customers and great reviews.

    I think he took it personally since he had been made an assistant manager and moved over a few months before from another store where he had the same position I did. He had something to prove and since I was about 15 yrs older than him, I think he took it as disrespect rather than knowing what I was doing from experience. At any rate he was going to “write me up”.

    Since I figured it would look too much like I was quitting because of that, I decided to wait until the next day. (I did not want to burn bridges in case things didn’t work out.)

    The next day I just went straight in to the manager’s office and gave her my two-week notice. I started the discussion by saying this was something I was already going to do and is in NO WAY connected to yesterday’s interaction with the AM.

    The manager believed me because she knew about my wife’s business and I used to joke about my wife one day “hiring me” away. She even told me that if I ever wanted to come back to work there, just let her know!

    However the AM had only been there a few months, so he didn’t know me as well and he was pretty skeptical about it. I think he still believes it was “connected” to the write up.

    That was July of 2016, and our business is doing great. We love what we do and really love being able to work together all day. There are challenges and frustrations, but much less so than working someone else’s schedule!

  14. Diakami99 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Quit my carer’s job back in 2010, left my home country with only a few grand in my back pocket, rented a room and got a job as management is one of Europe’s biggest company’s (still there with a few more promotions) met an amazing girl who I now live with in our own home and have 2 amazing kids and a doggie. So all In all it worked out perfectly in my case,

  15. Twerp129 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Within a month found out my girlfriend was cheating, my college tuition was raised 15%, and my boss told me even if your family died in a car accident we’d still expect you to be on time, so since you were late once this year we can’t give you your cost of living raise.

    Sent out 300 CVs to wineries, got one job. Rode my motorcycle cross country to do the harvest. Learned the trade, learned French, made friends worldwide. Have since worked under great winemakers in California, New Zealand, Australia, and France. Taken about 8 months of vacation in several countries over the past few years and have 7 barrels of my own Sangiovese ready to bottle soon.

    Why make 35k a year at a shitty job when you can earn 35k a year at a fantastic one?

  16. Candacebrower February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit my job to pursue a career in the film industry. I had no clue how any of it worked or what any of the job responsibilities were. Flash forward two years with a lot of hard work and a bit of luck I’ve done four movies and two tv series working as a Prop Assistant.

  17. LoveliestLiesofAll February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I lost my job and spent a year doing what I love. Turns out jacking off and playing video games doesn’t pay a lot of money. I had to go get a job again.

    Then a couple years later, suddenly children are becoming millionaires because they play video games in front of a green screen and scream nonsense at the camera. And here my ass is sitting here in middle class hell.

  18. mortarmanmike February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Not really following a dream, but made a career change. I was working at a car dealership, hating life and decided to use my Veteran benefits to go to school. Two years later, I finally got my bachelors’ in Computer Information Systems and am now training to be a Cyber Security analyst. So far, so good.

  19. DXM31 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Quit from my own company. I designed and developed software for fortune 500 companies. Got so sick of it. Fortunately I made bank so I retired. Loving that. Retirement was my dream since high school.

  20. Daleina February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    At first attempt, it didn’t go great, but even though economically I was in a very bad situation, I was way happier than doing what I was doing.

    The second attempt is going better, we’ll see soon 🙂

  21. jrovi February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit my job and am following my dreams of hitchhiking around Europe. Going really well so far. But I’m only 22 so I have no idea how the rest of my life will be. I’m happy to be living my dream for now though.

  22. Vanilla_Milkshaq February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I know nobody cares, but I took the first step towards my dream today. I sent an original song of mine to a local contest to hopefully get me a one song concert and vinyl press of said song. They’ll also play it on a local radio station to give me exposure. I’ll link the song if enough people care
    Edit: Okay so like 4 people have upvoted this so far and that’s enough for me. It’s a private video so it’s link only, but here it is. Hope you enjoy it.
    [Strife (Resurgence)](ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebvqicdnhog&list=LLD3AHxGr2iIzao0CQbe0uxw&t=1s&index=1)

  23. HeatherBehrendt February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    6 years ago i went from full time grocery store pizza maker to part time to follow my dream of being a self employed glass artist.

    I still have struggles sometimes and the way i make money with glass is always changing and adapting, but ive been doing well. Id like to quit the part time pizza job someday, but it is nice to have a backup plan in case things completely fall apart.

    I definitely think it was one of the best life decisions i made. Ive grown a lot as a person, met amazing people in the glass community and im always getting better and learning new skills.

  24. spvcejam February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Graduated college in 2008, peak recession. Out of the 400 walking grads that day 10 of us had jobs lined up.

    It was bad.

    I parlayed a mandatory internship into a full time career doing everything under a digital marketing umbrella. AdSense, SEO (it *was* a thing), SEM, PPC, CPC, grassroots/astro campaigns.

    2008 was the wild wild west for emerging ad platforms. Facebook was just really starting to push theirs. Google was repositioning theirs. In the middle there were dozens of *FREE $100* coupons for each platform.

    There was no limit to how many of these coupons you could use and subsequently a portfolio is built.

    The company that hired me couldn’t sleep at night knowing that they couldn’t properly pay me ($400 a month/free rent at CEO Santa Monica penthouse) so they let me work on other projects.

    I was so good at what I was doing that I didn’t need to go into an office anymore. Juggling 5 different accounts was hard enough.

    Got bored of LA and decided to take my talents to the Bay Area. I didn’t need to be in an office afterall. However working at home seems great until you’re 3 months in and the only voice you hear all day is your own.

    Check out Craigslist. Find some entry level customer support job at a tiny company called “GoPro”

    Noticed this company didn’t have a digital marketing department or any social presence. Took the support job but made it clear that I was going to help start the digital marketing dept.

    Create all social media accounts for GoPro and then go nuts. Growth explodes. Company explodes. IPO. My resume is literally on fire.

    While I was vesting at GoPro I started eying other companies. The obvious ones were other action sports companies as my network was deep into those. I wanted to work in my dream job, and it was finally time.

    Start looking for a career in Esports.

    Found one! And it’s in my network somehow. Resign from GoPro. Wait 4 months for an interview, wait 6 months to get hired.

    Now I’m 31, working in an industry that has been my primary passion throughout my life. Getting to travel the world and watch professional esports played on a scale I didn’t even know existed. 40k – 60k seat arenas being filled worldwide. The decade of hard work that put me front and center for the esports explosion was worth it in spades.

    I’d love to answer questions if anyone has any but I’m about to hop on a 16 hour plane ride to Poland to go watch some DotA2.

  25. thebodywasweak February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Went from full-time to part time to start up my mixing and mastering studio for music. I had graduated college with a degree in that field, gotten married the week after, and spent months interning at a few different places to get some more experience. Right as I bought my first set of equipment my wife and I found out we were pregnant.

    I ended up going back full time and working ridiculous hours at a job that pays great and the management is good, but I have no interest in what so ever. Got bad depression for several months, and just gave up.

    Fast forward to now. My daughter is 7 months old and is freaking perfect. I’ve just now started back promoting myself as a mixing/mastering engineer, and I’ve landed two jobs in the past month for it. It’s not much but it’s a start. Hoping 2018 will provide more opportunities

  26. SwingingSalmon February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I’ll tell you in a few weeks. I just put in my two weeks yesterday 😬

  27. zazzlekdazzle February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Very well, not perfect (right now or during the process), but overall a good result. In a way the most important thing is that I was willing to try, the fact that worked of course is great, but even if I had given it my all and it didn’t work out I would have been in a better place knowing I had the experience of trying.

    I didn’t major in biology in college but after years post graduation of feeling like I was coasting and directionless I figured out that my dream was to be an evolutionary biologist. I was miserable at job at that point, and I saved up my sick days and vacation time so I could just quit and have six more weeks of paid time to figure things out. I went back to college and then got an MS, working at the university computer lab and as a science tutor, and generally living an impoverished lifestyle I think I would have trouble handling now. But I got into a PhD program with full funding including a generous stipend and went from there.

    Of course, I am contracting the story here and leaving out lots of details, but that is the basic outline of how it got started. There is no doubt in my mind that evolutionary biology is my “calling,” but being a scientist can be rough work sometimes (although also extremely rewarding, of course).

  28. kert77 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Quit my management job back in 2015, two years after I graduated high school, to go back to school for radio. The program I applied for was pretty competitive (only 30 people out of 300 got chosen, 12 of which were radio students) and since I applied on the deadline day, I didn’t think I had a chance.

    Fast forward a couple weeks and I get an email from the school saying I was accepted into the program! This was only about a month or so before the semester started, so I had to get all my shit together to go to school. Miraculously, everything fell perfectly into place.

    I did my two years of school (4 months of field placement included in that), got hired at a small market radio station out of my practicum and have somehow made my way to a major market station as a creative writer.

    When I think or talk about it too much, I just think “wtf, I have been way too lucky” because this should have NEVER happened to me. The fact that I am 10 months out of my practicum, working at a major market is just insane and truly unheard of in the radio industry.

    I am so happy I made the decision to apply back in May of 2015 because everything that has happened for me since has been incredible. I love my job and I love my life.

    Also, I met the love of my life thanks to that program, so that’s pretty cool.

    10/10 would go to radio school on a whim again.

  29. 555anagram February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Great! I’ve been to 40 countries, met amazing people and actually make 3x more money than my previous career. Going to Spain soon for a month and will work next to the beach.

    No one cares about you more than you. So many people intimidate themselves and think they aren’t capable when they’re probably just untested.

  30. NYCspotter February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Lost all my money on the stock market

  31. did_it_right February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I completed my contract for my previous employer and was interviewing for other potential positions. I started refinishing and selling furniture to keep my hands busy. From there, I opened a store and have reinvented it several times over since I opened. I’m going on my 3rd year doing this and it’s pretty good! Everyone who comes in, loves what they see and I offer something unique to the community. It hasn’t quite taken off yet but I have no doubt it will. Small businesses take time to make a profit. My biggest pain in the ass is that I cannot be at my business all the time and I have to make sure my employees don’t do stupid shit that costs me money.

  32. fek_ February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    “Quit” is a bit of a misnomer. My dayjob was a sinking ship, and everyone knew it. We were all just kinda riding it out as long as we could, while preparing our backup plans.

    Thing is, for me, there was a lot of other weird shit going on at the time. Some family issues, some medical issues. Sort of just an early mid-life crisis, I guess.

    But one of the weird things that was going on was furry porn. I was making it, and people were enjoying it. People were actually donating to support it. It wasn’t enough to pay all my bills, but it was growing, ever so slowly.

    So when the paycheck finally bounced, I decided to gamble a little bit. It was a very scary handful of months, and I nearly maxed all of my credit cards just trying to scrape by and hold out long enough for my patreon to grow.

    But it [grew](https://graphtreon.com/creator/fek), and grew, and grew. Now, three years later, I’m making weird furry porn for a living, and making way too much fucking money doing it. Best gamble of my life.

  33. featheredfelon February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit my retail job to start college. My dream came from reading a lot of National Geographic as a kid…it was to get a degree that would let me work in environmental restoration or as a park ranger. I got a BS in ecology, and some certificates to back it up. In my last year of college, Trump got elected and reduced funding to the EPA. Entry level jobs in environmental fields have all but disappeared, when they used to be a sure thing in my state. The few openings I see are for people with 3 to 5 years of experience.

    I don’t have the right lab experience to be a medical or lab assistant (they mostly want you to have a phlebotomist’s license even if the job has nothing to do with phlebotomy) and I’m out of financial aid. I don’t have the money to get a different degree. I have a set of really specific skills for which there is no longer a job. I have two years of retail experience because I worked through college, so there’s always that, but at this point going back to retail would fucking destroy me. I get sporadic work through a stupid temp agency where the senior employees get to assign themselves to jobs before the junior employees even get a chance to apply. Thank god my husband has a job that he enjoys that can support us both, but I want to contribute more to the household (right now I just pay for the electric and the internet) and I want to do something with my education!

    My plan is to start volunteering so I can get some more professional references. I have a couple of professors who will give me references but the third one (for whom I did original research that she presented) is very flaky and hasn’t emailed me back, despite giving me a really good evaluation at the end of the quarter. Then I will hopefully be able to get a job, though I will continue to apply for jobs as I volunteer just on the chance someone will hire me. I’ll also be getting my license in the meantime.

    Then I will save up to get a car so I can start volunteering in parks to keep my skills sharp. Then hopefully, when the EPA has money again, I will have some skills to get the job I studied for.

  34. edsonde8at February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I found out the quote “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” is bullshit.

    Nothing kills the passion for something faster than having to do it to subsist.

  35. PM_sexts2get_me_wet February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I made it into the industry with an entry level position. Worked my way through the org, and realized I was stuck doing something I hated with a company that was eating itself alive. Moved to a different job/industry now, but I want to go back, so I’m looking into going back to school at 31 years old lol

  36. NotForrestGump February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Just quit at the start of the new year, it’s been rough. Can’t find work in the industry of my dream career nor outside of it, also having time off has made it easier to slide back into some drug abuse. Idk, maybe it’ll work out but so far I would not recommend it

  37. mayfleur5 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    It went okay. It definitely wasn’t easy. I fly airplanes but don’t make enough to say “for a living”. I don’t regret it. I did interview with my dream company (although its far from perfect). I bombed the interview so I don’t expect an offer but I am happy that I got that far. I have held other really cool-for-me flying jobs so if I were to drop dead tomorrow I haven’t left anything on the table.

  38. GroverEyeveen February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit a very exhausting software job to focus on working on my indie game for about 6-7 months or so. Quickly ran out of money/was unsustainable, so now I got a not-as-exhausting day software job and work on my game in the early morning before I go to work.

  39. universal_ February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    The “feeling” started way back while I was in university. Even in those days I couldn’t help but feel I was essentially showing up to class every day just so that one day I can be a very good employee and facilitate somebody else’s dream(s). This thinking became constant and eventually led to a feeling of “what’s the point of this?” which then turned into skipping a few classes here and there and then skipping all of my classes and trying to “wing it” at my finals. Well that didn’t work – I failed my 3rd year (architecture) and was required to withdraw. I then took a year and started working an entry level management position for a big construction firm in my city. Loved the job, the pay was good and the experience was invaluable but guess what? The feeling was there again except this time it was more of a “well, I thought school was pointless and wanted to work – now I’m working and I feel the same way, I just have a little more money and no homework”. After saving enough money I decided to finish my undergrad – I mean I was more than halfway there. I went back, changed my attitude, sat front and center and attended every class and eventually graduated. Well now I had this piece of paper and big construction firm wanted me full time for an even bigger pay. Sweet! I took the job and worked my way up for a few years before, you guessed it, the “feeling” crept back into my thoughts. A few years had passed and without even realizing this job has been taking its toll on me – stressed, put on weight, and every night I would mentally retreat to video games.

    One day I woke up and said this is it. If I can bust my ass for somebody else and make them a heap of money while slowly climbing the rungs of the corporate ladder (oooh piece of candy! and so forth) – why not bust my ass and work for myself only on a much smaller scale? Although it was very difficult (I had made some incredible friends and for the most part loved the people I worked with) I put in my two weeks notice. Looking back, it wasn’t the wisest move because I had no plan going forward and no safety net to fall back on. I teamed up with a buddy from university and got into the custom home/renovation business. The work was difficult – I was used to comfy chairs, office attire, and formal lunches/dinners. Now I was in muddy work boots and on a diet of coffee and quick snacks in my work truck. The work although difficult, was very rewarding and had me trim the waistline so that was a bonus. The mornings were really early and I often worked into the evenings. This routine was taking its toll on my energy levels. Add to that a smaller less regular income than my corporate job, my upcoming wedding, and moving out of my parents house and again – I found that this wasn’t going to be good for me in the intermediate term. I made peace with my buddy and told him I’d have to leave for greener pastures. He understood and off I went – again without a real plan.

    While looking for work I had a few weeks where I started exploring some of the hardware involved with my favorite pastime – video games. I took apart my old headsets, mice, keyboards, read up on anything and everything pc gaming related and before I knew it I was spending my entire evenings researching and doodling my own ideas. I found steady work in consulting (construction) where the pay is great and a little more regular within a small family run business. I was able to get married to the girl of my dreams, move out of my parents house, and fund my side project (PC gaming peripherals).

    Looking back, I regret nothing. It has been my path – with its bends and turns and roadblocks I find myself where I am today. Happy and healthy. I still have my down days, everyone does – but I try not the sweat the small stuff and I look for the beauty around me in my day to day. The destination isn’t what attracts me, rather, the journey itself with all of its uncertainty and potential is why I do what I do and no longer feel what I felt.

  40. _FrankAbagnale February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    It worked out better than I ever expected!

    I quit my job, sold my car, and moved 3,000 miles across the country with no job or place to live in my late 20’s once my lease expired with one of my best friends.

    Still here almost 4 years later, just wish I had done it sooner!

  41. deafblindgirluk February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Didn’t work out.

    I left an office job with opportunities for permanent contracts and promotion. It was quite an accessible office, didn’t have any difficulty regarding my disability (which is rare) and got on really well with most of my colleagues. God it was boring though, I was young and I really wanted to work with animals.

    I applied for many, many jobs in animal care & welfare. A couple of times I got to the final interview, but most times I knew as soon as I walked in I wasn’t going to get it. (fiercely competitive and nobody in the industry wants to hire someone with significant sight loss).

    One charity told me the way to get a job was volunteering (I already had the qualifications). So I worked there for almost a year unpaid, was only me and the manager came in over xmas and she said they’d never have coped without me… Yet time after time jobs came up and I got passed over.

    Eventually I got sick of being treated so badly, and my family made me realise I’d never have job security or promotion. So I went into a totally different industry and must say it’s the best thing I ever did.

  42. jakesnyder February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Left regional management position at a 9-5 office job to pursue my dream of becoming famous (I didn’t care how) a few years ago.

    Decided to audition for America’s Next Acapella Sensation. Tons of people were there, and they decided to close auditions when there were only a few people left in line in front of me. So I went in anyway and sang in front of these overly critical judges that wouldn’t even give me a fair chance. I got really upset and sat down and started crying.

    Turns out that clip was put on YouTube and people made a bunch of parodies and I basically became a living meme. Whenever I’m in public, people always comment about it and make fun of me.

    Luckily I was called to give a speech at the graduation of the 2013 class of Cornell (the college I attended) and they loved me (despite originally calling me as a joke)! I got a job at their admissions office and I’ve really enjoyed my time since then!

  43. Peteypipe February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I sold everything to sail the world. Unfortunately, my boat sank on day two.

  44. RexDexTrexMex February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Still building the initial momentum.

    It’s very stressful, and my life is my business. Many milestones achieved from design work to manufacturing. Local public interest is growing for my brand. It’s very slow when you’re a one-man-band…. but I love it.

    Will hopefully have a large distributor this year and expansion.

  45. travisdoesmath February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit my job last May and drove around the country in a van. I lasted about 5 months before I needed to figure out how to make some money (thought I was going to find work on the road. I didn’t). Moved back to Chicago in October, and I’m still figuring things out. Still haven’t picked which dream to follow. Glad I’m out of the 9-5 though.

  46. Bbhh1979 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Best thing I’ve ever done was quitting a 6 figure soul sucking mid-managent position to have the opportunity to be a more present father. 10+ years later it’s still one of the things I’m most proud of. Easy to chase dreams when the priorities are straight.

  47. OddDuck435 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I didn’t but my husband did so I can offer an outsiders perspective. My husband quit his job at a call center about a year ago and has been working on growing his own business. We haven’t been making as much money as before but we still get by. And his attitude and mental health has improved immensely! He’s happier and works everyday on improving one way or another.

  48. ShoTz25 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    It turned out great in the long run. First year or so was very difficult and stressful. If you don’t enjoy the grind to get to your dream you’ll never get there. Took a chance and it worked. Now I couldn’t be happier.

  49. Kahzgul February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Short term: Not well.

    Long term: One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

    I had a job testing video games. Sounds awesome, but i was the guy managing the people who thought they had a “just play games all day” job and didn’t realize there was actual work to be done. So it sucked ballsack. My boss offered me the golden handcuffs of a five year executive training track, and I turned him down and quit instead to become an actor.

    Am I a successful actor? Not remotely. Did I know what to do after I quit? Nope. I got fucked hard by money issues, had a string of horrible and/or shitty paying jobs, and then finally ended up where I am now, editing television. Great pay, decent hours, and the journey allowed me free time (WHAT IS THAT) during which I met my now wife. Wouldn’t have happened if I’d stayed at the video game place, I guarantee it.

  50. Veeoh February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Very well. Was an IT Manager for 16 years. Now a full time voiceover artist and loving it.

  51. Enthalok February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Well, in March 2016 I quit the job I hated to plunge into fucking darkness. I wanted to work in my area, and in a job with decent life quality.

    My father and I had a huge fight because I was turning down money, and to him that was what mattered. My father did not approve and wouldn’t talk to me for a few weeks. My whole family disapproved but I kept my head at it.

    Got a job at the area I love in August, as an Internship. In a huge company from the food industry, 5 minutes away from home (shitty job was 1:45mins if the subway worked properly).

    Was promoted to Product Marketing Assistant in January 2017. Promoted again to Analyst in January 2018.

    My father cried in my first promotion.

  52. attawnnc February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    A little over 3 years ago, my partner and I left our jobs and moved to Australia on a working holiday visa. We had about $5k saved and no real plan – just a one way ticket! We both landed jobs within the first few weeks and I ended up getting sponsored by the company I work for. We’re now on track to apply for permanent residency this year! We expected to spend a year traveling but ended up falling in love with Melbourne. So happy to be here.

  53. My_Public_Profile February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    On one hand, it turned out better than I could have ever imagined.

    On the other, there’s been a lot of sacrifice involved… while I thought I was prepared, the cost was higher than I budgeted for.

  54. davewtameloncamp February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    GREAT! Too bad my dreams became a job. Time to quit again!

  55. EVERYONESTOPSHOUTING February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I’m currently shooting stills behind the scenes for a short film which is great fun!

    I transitioned in my job to part time before going fully freelance as a photographer, but it’s been amazing. Can’t imagine working for someone else in an office again. It’s been rough at times and can be lonely too, but it’s worth it.

  56. LilBurbot February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    My dream was to get a different job and I’m making bank, baby!

  57. new_painter February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    AWESOME. I still work one night a week just to make spending money, but I had a good job that I used to pay off my student loans with and got rid of all my debt and now I’m a stay at home dad while my wife (who prefers working) goes out each day. I get to spend my days hanging out with the coolest dude I know and play video games while he naps.

  58. ghengiscant February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit my job to conquer the world, I failed

  59. BreadstickWarrior February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit my dreams to work a bunch of bullshit jobs. Don’t ama

  60. watergo February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    So, anyone failed misably or was it just me.

  61. last10push February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I quit a job I hated to start a freelance business in another field. It didn’t go great…I found it difficult to make enough money to live on. I made some bad decisions by launching the business without any experience in the field and not enough savings. After six months, I went back to corporate life, but I managed to find a job I’m happier with than before I quit, so it all worked out in the end. I think it’s worth it to at least try to pursue your dreams–even if you don’t make it, you’ll learn something along the way.

  62. DoNotMatter February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    I’m doing this right now so this better fucking work

  63. TurboAbe February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Awesome! Quit being a graphic designer in 2007. Sold some junk, packed my car, and drove to Colorado. Met my now best friends at the first house I lived in right when I showed up. Worked at a ski area, built trails, washed dishes, and was a laborer to pay the bills. Snowboarded all the time in winter and rode bikes all summer. Eventually got into a full time career type job in a completely unrelated industry, but I ended up in my favorite mountain town after bouncing around for a bit. I still have my old best friends from where I grew up, my family comes to visit, and I have a bunch of CO friends too. I’m happier, more content, and better off by every possible metric. Best decision I’ve ever made. Don’t put it off, if you’re going to make a change, make it now. Your home town will always be there, it’s better to come back beaten to hell with your tail between your legs than to not give it a shot.

  64. housecall1 February 14, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Was 33 yrs old, worked at a state agency regulating banks, mortgage co’s, finance co’s etc. Helped promulgate rules (regulating industry) fr this agency. This work paid all my bills, etc., but not rewarding work and little room upward. Knew I had to try self employment or would regret this the rest of my life, but what?. Saved enough to live for 6 mths. Quit job and started consulting work to the same (mortgage companies) I used to help regulate doing proactive help complying of the state/federal reg’s, performed onsite “mock” state audit of clients business to determine compliance and fix problems befor state would find them and fine the business (or seek license revocations). Morphed into helping companies get licensed with the state regulator I used to work for (quicker license approvals and thus in biz faster). Wrote a state compliance manual and sold to companies, spoke to any monthly trade association meetings for free (helps get new clients), later did compliance seminars and provided state require continuing ed, etc. In short, help the mortgage industry I used to help regulate to ensure they complied. Worked 60 hrs/wk, hired an office assistant after 4 yrs working out of my home, travelled about 8 biz days/mth in state, saved everything I made (I am single), paid off my house and another 2nd home in Montana and retired at 57. I feel lucky and fortunte but I earned it all

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