Top 10 Reasons Why Quitting Your Job During a Recession Can Be Perfectly Sane


“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”~ Howard Thurman

First of all, this article assumes you would leave your job because it sucks. It sucks for YOU. This does not apply to kick-ass jobs, of which there are many. And it doesn’t matter if another Jane would be totally grateful for the job you have. If you’re not totally happy with your job, read on!

Back in the day, having a job and staying loyal to a company meant something. It meant you would be earning a secure pension, that if you showed up and did your job, you could keep said job until your retired. The same went for other institutions our society had that brought us security.

Things like religion, marriage, real estate/stock market investments, and looking like we had our shit totally together without any flaws added to our sense of safety. We relied on, “Hey, if I work harder and act perfectly, I’ll be more secure.”

Guess what, Freedom Junkies? Things have changed. There is a shift where people are seeing that real security – real confidence – comes when YOU have control over your time, money, energy, and location.

People are realizing that these days you can remain totally loyal to your own job and still get fired because someone bought out your company. Or because they decided to hire someone who is cheaper than you. You can get married and then come face-to-face with the greater than 50% divorce statistics in this country. People move from spiritual tradition to spiritual tradition only to be let down by hypocrisy after hypocrisy.

Things aren’t as they have been, fellow Jedi. Or perhaps things are as they’ve always been, and now we are waking up to TRUTH. Either way: it ain’t all bad.

Here in my corner of the Universe, we like to create our own lives of Freedom, Adventure, and Purpose. Admittedly, this is a lot easier to do when you’ve created your OWN economy and security (although – as many of my clients would attest to – it is still possible as a {gulp} employee).

This doesn’t mean you need to quit your job! But it also doesn’t mean you should NOT quit it without seriously reconsidering the reasons of old-fashioned “security” either. You can create more true freedom when you have more control of your time, money, energy and location.

That, my friends, is true security.

Here are my Top 10 Reasons Why Quitting Your Job Is Perfectly Sane – if you’re in the mood:

1. Having a job is uber-risky. As one of my business coaches Christine Kane says, with a job, your life can radically change with two words: “You’re fired.”

When you create your OWN economy instead of relying on others for your paycheck, you have more freedom. When you know how to create money yourself, you have more confidence as well.

“But it’s a recession!” I hear many peeps say. Yeah, I know. But check it out: my biz is growing EVERY MONTH, people still buy iPhones, my clients have started their own businesses and are flourishing, my own coaches keep making more and more every year during this recession, plays and movies still sell out, flights still get overbooked.

Look around. There is abundance still. Just for different things. Pick a business that you’re passionate about, be kick-ass in delivering that high-quality product or service, and choose a niche that offers something that people want and need.

When you create your own income, you are able to adjust your income based on the value you provide. In a job, you can’t. Instead you have to ask for a raise. Not fun.

2. Life is short. You are going to die. Sorry to break it to you if you haven’t thought of that for awhile – or ever. But you are going to die and you don’t know when. So if not now, when? If not you, who?

You deserve to ENJOY this life. If you haven’t yet created a lifestyle where your fun times outweigh your “work” times, you at least deserve to have the 1/3+ of your life that you DO spend working doing something that lights you UP!

3. You don’t need tons of money to be happy. For realz. I know many of you think this is bunch of BS, but it’s true. Again, sorry to break it to you;) I traveled to dozens of countries making less than $14,000 a year, and even less than $11,000 some years.

If you have kids, a lot can come up in the form of limiting beliefs around how much you “need” to be happy and “responsible.” Well, I came from a family that made less than $60,000 combined a year and am pretty psyched, I have to say. There are plenty more like me who grew up without a lot but learned to create inner – and outer – wealth despite that. I’m not saying you don’t have to aim for earning oodles. It just won’t necessarily make you – or your kids – any happier.

4. If you have kids, they deserve to have a model of a parent who follows their dreams.
My friend Stacey Pruim left her secure and successful corporate job to start her own business recently, called Systems Serenity. At one of our Mastermind retreats, she stood up to the microphone and exposed how scared she was about not being “responsible” enough for her daughters by quitting her job. Stacey is a single parent of two. Talk about the potential to have excuses not to quit your job!

In any event, despite the fear of being (or moreso, being “labeled”) irresponsible, she could not go on with her soul shriveling in her cubicle. She wasn’t happy at work – and this leaked into home as well.

Do you know what her daughters said when asked about this decision a few months after it happened? “Mom, you helped us realize that we can do anything.” Shazam!

Stacey is super successful, and has way more time, freedom, and money to be hanging out with her daughters being a kick-ass mom now. And guess who was at our latest retreat? Her 16 year old daughter who is starting to help her out in her business. Awesome!

5. The world needs more people who follow their passion Check out the quote at the top of this article. It’s true. You are a happier person when you do, both at home and in other areas of your life. You also inspire others to do the same.

6. You don’t have to kiss someone’s ass if you don’t want to. Enough said.

7. You get to focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses.
Feedback at a job rarely focuses on your strengths. When you’re in business or in a truly good job, your weaknesses are delegated to someone else – either you hire them or you give it to someone else on your team who is really good at it, so everyone is playing their own strengths. And your confidence – as well as sense of security – grows.

8. Our new healthcare laws can provide you and your family with more affordable insurance in 2014. I hope you voted accordingly. Just sayin’. I had cancer twice and didn’t want to quit my benefitted job until I knew I could afford paying for COBRA. But that didn’t stop me. I still quit and have finally been able to get affordable healthcare as a “high-risk” person. Yeehaw!

9. You are creative. Many of us can make money in more ways than one. Go for it! Plus, your money goes further when you are self-employed. You can invest in yourself with pre-tax dollars!

10. You can wear whatever you want = You can create a business that supports your authentic self. I choose my business coaches because of who they are – not because of their slickness. Like with Christine Kane, whom I mentioned earlier – I like how she wasn’t a marketing guru slick dude, but she wore jeans and played guitar and speaks-a my language. I love Marie Forleo because she loves hip hop and cracks me up with her goofy antics and she’s wicked smart. The goofy antics may turn some people off – but they’re not her people. My peeps pick me for ME, not because I pretend to be anyone else. People will want YOU – and what you offer in the way only YOU can – too!

I  summary: I’m not saying to be stupid and quit your job without any kind of safety net (although some people out there would say to go for it even without the net). But what I AM saying is don’t use BS for your excuses. The key here is being very clear about what is BS. Not sure? Post below and let’s figure it out.

Have any of you thought about quitting your job or have actually quit your job? Please share it here and let the tribe support each other in creating our own freedom!

Note: For those of you that want to start a side-job for a bit more fun and inspiration or who want to go for it and start their own biz, I highly recommend my friend Chris Guillebeau’s new best-selling book, The $100 Startup. He’s the author of The Art of Non-Conformity, and more, and this book summarizes a lot of the basics you need to know to get started, as well as offering plenty of case studies to learn from. For my peeps, I’ve got super-discounted hardcopy editions for sale here. Shoot me an email ( and I’ll send you one ASAP for only $13 – shipping included. Sahweet deal!

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14 Comments on Top 10 Reasons Why Quitting Your Job During a Recession Can Be Perfectly Sane

  1. KJ Timothy
    August 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi, this is really brilliant! Just for that I’m going to share this article in as many ways as I can. This is valuable to anyone because I’d suggest no other way to go than to start a business. Never, EVER, rely on an employer for sustenance. Besides, I think the country’s problem is that there aren’t enough business owners. Great article!

  2. Ana Neff
    August 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks, KJ! I do believe being an entrepreneur is also a path that takes people on a journey of spiritual development on top of all the other things it does for us. Glad you’re out spreading the word! Hopefully more people will join the tribe.

  3. Dana
    May 20, 2014 at 12:19 am (6 years ago)

    Great post! This just happened to my son the you’re fired (downsizing)…..i will share this with him. Thanks

  4. Ana Verzone
    May 20, 2014 at 1:51 am (6 years ago)

    You’re welcome, Dana! Sending your son good vibes that the next opportunity will be even better – and to enjoy his FUNemployment in the meantime;)

  5. Anne Omland
    May 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Great advice Ana! I work with people struggling to make the same decision but it really comes down to these concepts. You have an awesome approach and voice- I wish you TONS of luck in your business!

  6. Lisa Robbin Young
    May 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm (6 years ago)

    It’s usually a question of safety vs. sanity. In some jobs, there’s a breaking point that no amount of money can soothe or smooth over. I’ve been at that point a few times in my life.

  7. Ana Verzone
    May 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks, Anne 😉

  8. Ana Verzone
    May 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm (6 years ago)

    I totally agree that money can’t buy your sanity, Lisa. I know lots of coaches say, “Just quit! Leap and the net will appear!” yet for many, that truly is not an option at the time…so they stay for a while. But it is important to “make the call” if it gets to that breaking point – and ideally WAY before it gets there. I’m glad to hear you’ve escaped. And your 300 songs project looks amazing – and truly sane;)

  9. Carol Cox
    May 27, 2014 at 12:03 am (6 years ago)

    Just beautiful–you are always an inspiration. Thank you!

  10. Ana Verzone
    May 27, 2014 at 12:10 am (6 years ago)

    Carol you are so welcome!

  11. Nina
    November 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm (5 years ago)

    I think it is important to give it a good thought before you decide to call it quits and recognise whether it is just some temporary crisis or if you really have had enough. If you just quit there is no guarantee another door will open up for you, things are not thatplain and simple. Job market is competitive and so is world of business. If there is no safety net or a plan B then quitting without a job offer is not a good choice.

  12. Ana Verzone
    December 8, 2014 at 6:53 am (5 years ago)

    Nina you are exactly right about things not being plain and simple – and it goes both ways. It’s not always clear to stay just because of needing security, and it is not always clear to quit just because a situation is unsatisfactory. This is why Clarity is sooooo important, which you point out. It’s why it’s the first thing I teach in my Clarity + Courage course!

  13. Tasha Webster
    August 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm (4 years ago)

    I did it! I finally did it! I quit that dreadful job and I have never been so at peace with my life, myself, my surroundings, and my God. I do believe that discernment & clarity comes with growth and actually knowing your inner voice/spirit versus your “ego”. Ego is where all those unhealthy emotions rise up that cause you to take actions that are irrelevant to your true passion and peace – you have to know the difference before you make the choice.

    I truly feel like God prepared me for the day I put in my notice over the last several months and now the possibilities are endless. I already have an extremely flexible & fulfilling part-time job lined up and I’ve been painting for and advertising my small business like a mad woman. No more grey cubicles. No more confusion. No more illicit games and politics. This is happiness. This is FREEdom.

    Thank you for your post and angel encouragement, Ms. Ana. We’ve met previously and I’ve always been drawn to your energy and your message. I wish you the best 

  14. Ana Verzone
    August 31, 2015 at 4:11 am (4 years ago)

    Hey Tasha! Freakin’ congratulations!!!!! That is awesome! (Oh – and sorry my reply didn’t show up earlier – there was a glitch in my phone app so it didn’t post when I first wrote!). It must feel so freeing to not be in a toxic environment anymore. It is so beautiful that you can actually hear your inner guide – so many people pray for that for decades. I hope you savor its clarity! I am wishing you the best as well. And keep the updates coming!

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