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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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                                            5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

                                            5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

                                            When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

                                            What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

                                            The Dream Type Of Manager

                                            My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

                                            I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

                                            My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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                                            “Okay…”

                                            That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

                                            I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

                                            The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

                                            The Bully

                                            My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

                                            However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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                                            The Invisible Boss

                                            This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

                                            It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

                                            The Micro Manager

                                            The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

                                            Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

                                            The Over Promoted Boss

                                            The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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                                            You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

                                            The Credit Stealer

                                            The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

                                            Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

                                            3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

                                            Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

                                            1. Keep evidence

                                            Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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                                            Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

                                            Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

                                            2. Hold regular meetings

                                            Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

                                            3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

                                            Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

                                            However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

                                            Good luck!

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