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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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                                            10 Signs of a Bad Boss and How to Deal with Them

                                            10 Signs of a Bad Boss and How to Deal with Them

                                            This is an article I didn’t want to write. Even if it appears that way on the surface, few things are black and white. Between the two colors is a world of gray. Notwithstanding the bosses who behave criminally, some of the people who carry the “bad boss” label have possibly been, or have the capacity to become, a “good boss.”

                                            This is an article I didn’t want to write because I understand that depending on whom you ask, many of us could be labeled either a good or bad boss.

                                            Perhaps another reason I didn’t want to write this article is because context matters. Context for the organization and context for the individual. What is happening in the organization? What is the culture? Is the “boss” in a position for which the individual is equipped to do the job? Is the person in a terrible place in life? The office culture, the relationship a team member has with a boss or board and the leader’s personal life can all influence how the person shows up and leads and how others perceive the individual.

                                            But since I am writing this article, I will share a few signs that bosses are bad and in need of a timeout.

                                            1. Bad Bosses Don’t Know and Haven’t Healed Their Inner Child

                                            If you plan to lead people – well, if you plan to effectively lead yourself – you must get reacquainted with your inner child. Just because you are in young adulthood, middle age or the golden years doesn’t mean your inner child matches your chronological age. If you experienced trauma as a child, your inner child may be stuck at the point or age of that trauma. While you walk around in a woman’s size 10 shoe, your behavior may showcase an inner child who is much younger.

                                            In a June 7, 2008, Psychology Today article, Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D., observed,[1]

                                            “The fact is that the majority of so-called adults are not truly adults at all. We all get older … But, psychologically speaking, this is not adulthood. True adulthood hinges on acknowledging, accepting, and taking responsibility for loving and parenting one’s own inner child. For most adults, this never happens. Instead, their inner child has been denied, neglected, disparaged, abandoned or rejected. We are told by society to ‘grow up,’ putting childish things aside. To become adults, we’ve been taught that our inner child—representing our child-like capacity for innocence, wonder, awe, joy, sensitivity and playfulness—must be stifled, quarantined or even killed. The inner child comprises and potentiates these positive qualities. But it also holds our accumulated childhood hurts, traumas, fears and angers.”

                                            Sometimes the key that your inner child needs tending to is conflict with someone else’s inner child.

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                                            Good bosses are aware of the ups and downs of their childhood, have worked or are working to heal their inner child and are aware of their triggers. Good managers use this awareness to manage themselves, and their interactions with others. Bad bosses are oblivious to how their inner child impacts not only their life but the lives of others.

                                            2. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Accept Feedback

                                            Bad bosses are not intentional about creating an environment where their peers and colleagues can share feedback about their leadership. They don’t solicit feedback. Given the power dynamic that managers, CEOs and others in leadership yield, they must go out of their way to solicit feedback, and they must do so repeatedly.

                                            Before being completely honest, most team members will test the waters and share low-stakes information to get a sense for how their boss will respond. If the boss is angry or retaliatory, team members are less likely to risk being candid in the future.

                                            So being unable to accept feedback takes on two forms: failing to proactively and repeatedly ask for feedback and reacting poorly when feedback is shared.

                                            3. Bad Bosses Are Unwilling to Give Timely Feedback

                                            The flip side of accepting feedback is giving feedback. Both require courage. It takes courage to open yourself up and accept feedback on ways that you need to grow. Similarly, it takes courage to share honest feedback about a team member’s or colleague’s performance or behavior.

                                            Since not everyone is open to accepting feedback, whether they’re a manager or not, having an honest conversation about areas a team member or colleague has missed the mark, is not always easy. Still, good bosses will find a way to share feedback, and they’ll do so in a timely fashion.

                                            Withholding feedback and sharing it months after a situation has unfolded or in a snowball fashion is unhelpful to the employees. One of the ways we grow as leaders is through feedback. When people have the courage to tell us the truth, that information allows us to progress.

                                            4. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Acknowledge Their Mistakes

                                            Owning their mistakes is like a disease to bad bosses; they do not want it. Instead of being risk averse, they are accountability averse. The problem is that they can only gloss over their weaknesses or failures for so long; the people around are able to see their flaws and weaknesses, and bad bosses pretending they don’t exist is not helpful. It is infuriating.

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                                            However, bad bosses are masterful at reassigning blame. They are unable or unwilling to accept responsibility for mistakes — small or large. But career expert Amanda Augustine told CNBC “Make It” in May 2017, that “good managers also admit their mistakes.”[2] They don’t pass the blame or pretend they didn’t make a mistake. They own it.

                                            5. Bad Bosses Are Unwilling or Incapable of Being Vulnerable

                                            Vulnerability is an underrated leadership skill. But well-placed and well-thought out vulnerability enables employees to see their leaders’ humanity, and it creates a way for leaders to bond with their teams.

                                            Bad bosses may talk about vulnerability, but they don’t practice it in their own lives, particularly in the workplace.

                                            6. Privately, Bad Bosses Do Not Live Up to the Organization’s Stated Values

                                            Bad bosses may publicly spout the values of the organization they work for, but privately they either don’t believe or don’t embody those values.

                                            If they work for an environmental group, they may not practice sustainability in their private lives. Their words and actions are incongruent.

                                            7. Bad Bosses Are Unable to Inspire Others

                                            When bad bosses are unable or unwilling to take the time to inspire others, they lead through fear or command. Neither are helpful.

                                            A culture dominated by fear will stifle creativity and risk taking that can lead to innovation. An autocratic management style will have a similar effect in that team, members will not feel they have the space to step outside of the box they have been placed in.

                                            A good boss is someone who takes time to share the big picture and time to inspire their teams to want to be a part of it.

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                                            8. Bad Bosses Are Disinterested in How Their Behavior Impacts Others

                                            They are narcissistic and focused on self-preservation. In “19 Traits of a Bad Boss,” Kevin Sheridan said,[3]

                                            “Terrible bosses are endlessly self-centered. Everything is about them and not the people they manage or what is going on in their employees’ personal lives. It is never about the team, but rather all about how good they look. Conversely, great bosses lead with integrity, honesty, care, and authenticity.”

                                            Rather than seeing their team’s talents and seeing people’s full humanity, bad bosses believe their team exists to serve them. Families, personal life and priorities be damned. Bona fide bad bosses believe that their comfort should be prioritized over their team’s needs and desires.

                                            9. Bad Bosses Have Likely Received Negative Feedback

                                            Bad bosses have likely been told that they are poor supervisors. They have likely been told time and time again that their behavior is harmful to the people around them.

                                            Perhaps they do not know how to change or are unwilling to change. But bad bosses certainly have received clues, insights and direct feedback that their management style and behavior are harmful to others.

                                            Even when someone hasn’t explicitly said, “Your behavior is harmful to me and others,” the absence of feedback indicates a problem. It can mean that the leader’s team doesn’t feel safe enough to share feedback, that people do not believe the leader will act on what is shared, or that people have determine the best strategy is to avoid the boss as much as possible.

                                            10. Bad Bosses Are Perfectionists

                                            Bad bosses are driven by an internal urge to be perfect. Perfectionists don’t just want to be perfect; they want everyone around them to be perfect as well. This is a standard that neither they nor their team can live up to.

                                            Since perfection is illusive, they spend their time chasing their shadow and being frustrated that they cannot catch it. They are unable to enjoy the journey and often block others from doing so as well. They let “perfect” be the enemy of “good.” Rather than embracing a growth mindset that desires to learn and improved, they are compulsive and toxic.

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                                            If you are like me and you see yourself in parts of this list, do not despair. A bad boss can change. The key is seeking honest feedback and being willing to work through that feedback and your triggers with a therapist or coach.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Regardless of your age and the mistakes you have made, you can change and become a healthier leader whom others respect and appreciate.

                                            Conversely, if you are employed by a bad boss, do everything in your power to take care of yourself. Understand that your boss’s behavior, even if directed at you, is not about you. Your boss’s reactions, if and when you make a mistake, is a reflection on that individual, not you.

                                            To survive the work environment, think about the lesson you are meant to learn. You can do this with a trusted therapist or capable coach. However, if you deem the work environment to be toxic and harmful to your health, seek employment elsewhere.

                                            In the end, this is an article I did not want to write, but I’m happy I did.

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