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21 Inspiring Books That Will Make You Want to Quit Your Job

21 Inspiring Books That Will Make You Want to Quit Your Job

Every once in awhile, a book comes along that makes you want to take action.

It challenges your ideas, fires you up, and gives you a lot to think about.

Books can be life-changers. These books changed the way that I look at work and my career. They ultimately led to me quitting my job to do something more meaningful and to pursue a career that I love.

These books will make you want to quit your job and go it alone, find your purpose, and live your dream.

1. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

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    Jeff Goins is a writer who is following his purpose and teaching others to do the same. His new book The Art of Work encourages people to listen to their lives, find their purpose, and pursue meaning. With examples of how others have done this and practical advice to find your purpose, you’ll be inspired into taking action.

    2. Do-Over by Jon Acuff

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      It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, it’s never too late for a Do Over, according to the author, Jon Acuff. All great careers have four elements in common, and Acuff reassures you that not only have you experienced those four elements, but you’re well on your way to reinventing your work and doing work you love.

      3. Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuck

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        Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk is infectious. The author’s energy oozes out of the pages and it was difficult for me not to close the book and take action in the middle of a paragraph while I was reading it. Luckily, Vaynerchuk’s examples and practical advice is captivating and keep your eyes on the page.

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        4. The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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          There’s a reason why The Four Hour Work Week remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for so long. This is a powerful book that has changed lives all over the world, giving readers hope that they don’t have to be stuck in an boring 9–5 job anymore, taking a two weeks of vacation each year and leading unfulfilling lives.

          5. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

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            If you’ve ever thought that you had to have a lengthy business plan or investors to start a business and make money from your passions, The $100 Startup will prove you wrong. With dozens of examples of people who started successful businesses from their own homes, doing what they love for around $100, Guillebeau gives you a roadmap to do the same.

            6. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco

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              It used to be that the path to wealth was to work for 45 years in a corporate job, save diligently, and wait until you’re retired to live a good life. DeMarco challenges this mindset and gives you the tools you need to create real wealth. And part of that? Ditching the 9–5.

              7. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

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                If you’re like most people, your 9–5 job doesn’t allow you to take off and see the world. You’re lucky if you can get four weeks off each year, let alone enough time to really enjoy long-term travel or go on your dream trip.

                In Vagabonding, Potts encourages you to take a long period of time off, escape from the daily grind and soak in the benefits of long-term travel.

                8. Choose Yourself by James Altucher

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                  Written on the premise that job security is no longer, and we can’t count on being “chosen” by somebody else, Altucher encourages readers to “choose yourself.” Using case studies, Altucher gives you the tools to become healthy, happy, fulfilled and wealthy by taking a chance on yourself instead of waiting to be chosen by somebody else.

                  9. Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett

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                    Writing used to be a field for starving artists and the lucky few who got noticed. Now, it’s a lucrative field for anybody with a knack for sharing information and building an audience.

                    Social media has opened up our career options immensely, including the possibility of becoming a professional blogger.

                    This book will make you want to quit your job, start a blog, and connect with the world.

                    10. The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch by Dan Norris

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                      After reading this book, I wanted to hand in my resignation so I could immerse myself in building a product and launching it using the formula in The 7 Day Startup. Norris debunks the myth that you must spend time and money validating your ideas and helps you take action.

                      11. Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker

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                        If you’ve ever been skeptical of making money online and the claims of people getting rich on the Internet, this book will clear your skepticism. Not only is it possible, but people are doing what they love and getting paid for it online all over the world.

                        12. Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur by Pamela Slim

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                          If you’ve ever wondered whether entrepreneurship is for you but are just not happy in your cubicle job, this book is for you. You don’t have to stay in a job you hate, and Slim shows you how to get out.

                          13. The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career by Reid Hoffman

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                            In The Start-Up of You, Hoffman and Casnocha claim that all humans were born entrepreneurs. And the world is changing. No longer can we rely on our degrees and educations to give us unlimited opportunity and job security. The Start-Up of You helps readers take their skills and abilities and leverage them into a successful entrepreneurial career.

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                            14. Go It Alone!: The Secret to Building a Successful Business on Your Own by Bruce Judson

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                              Tragically, over 70% of American workers are unhappy with their work. In Go It Alone!, Judson breaks the misconceptions that starting a business is difficult and costly, and demonstrates how new media makes it easier than ever before to strike out on your own and lead a fulfilling career.

                              15. The Suitcase Entrepreneur: Create Freedom in Business and Adventure in Life by Natalie Sisson

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                                If you’ve ever wondered whether there are careers out there that provide the ultimate flexibility to travel where and when you want, The Suitcase Entrepreneur has your answer, and it’s “YES!”.

                                Not only can you do what you love, you can also lead a location independent career by building a lifestyle business. Sisson shows you how.

                                16. The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna

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                                  According to Luna, “should” is what we think we have to be doing. “Must” is our true calling—what we want to do, to fulfill our purpose. This highly inspiring book shows readers that they can choose. Nobody can choose for you.

                                  17. The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life by Kimberly Palmer

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                                    Gone are the days when people would have one main career path. When you’d go into the office from 9–5 Monday to Friday and call that a career. Now, there are millions who have side-gigs, which they use to supplement their income and recession-proof their careers. When you see what’s possible in the realm of side-businesses, you’ll realize what’s possible for your career as a whole.

                                    18. The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All by Julie Clow

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                                      The Work Revolution “changes the way the world thinks about work.” With only 30% of the workforce being engaged in their work, something needs to change. And The Work Revolution is a catalyst for massive change in our workplaces.

                                      19. Quitter by Jon Acuff

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                                        If you’ve ever wanted to do meaningful work but wanted to find a way to do so without taking drastic measures to blow up your life and challenge your financial security, Quitter will help you “close the gap between your day job and your dream job.” Acuff shows readers how to take control of their work without going broke.

                                        20. No More Mondays: Fire Yourself—and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work by Dan Miller

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                                          Most of us have dreaded Mondays. And that’s unfortunate. If you stick to your terrible day job because of job security, Miller may be able to change your mind. This book demonstrates that the only way to achieve real job security is by doing what you love and following your passions.

                                          21. Let Go by Pat Flynn

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                                            Pat Flynn is an online entrepreneur who makes passive income to support his family, allowing him to spend all the time with his children that he wants. This wasn’t always the case, though. Flynn was let go from his job at an architecture firm and in Let Go, he writes about his path to becoming a self-employed online authority.

                                            If you’re in a job you don’t love, or you just know you’re not passionate about your work, these books will challenge your perspective, and push you out of that job-security comfort zone into the arms of your passions. 

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                                            The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                                            The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                                            Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

                                            We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

                                            You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

                                            Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

                                            Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

                                            1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

                                            Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

                                            Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

                                            You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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                                            Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

                                            Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

                                            2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

                                            Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

                                            Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

                                            3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

                                            Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

                                            How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

                                            Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

                                            Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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                                            Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

                                            4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

                                            It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

                                            With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

                                            If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

                                            Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

                                            Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

                                            5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

                                            Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

                                            However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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                                            Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

                                            If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

                                            With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

                                            Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

                                            6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

                                            The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

                                            You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

                                            A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

                                            By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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                                            • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
                                            • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
                                            • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
                                            • Is this aligned with my passion?
                                            • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

                                            Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

                                            7. Be Prepared to Let Go

                                            It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

                                            Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

                                            If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

                                            When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

                                            Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

                                            We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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