If you’re one of the millions of people who feels trapped in their jobs, this site is for you. If you’re one of the millions of people who has settled for far less that you are capable of and deserve, this site is for you. If you’re one of the millions of people who is bored out of their fucking minds all day at work, this site is for you.
And if you are one of the millions of people who knows there is a better way to live, but haven’t taken control of your life yet, then this site is definitely for you.
Let’s be honest, there is a very strong likelihood that you are stuck in a rut of some sort and know there is something far greater that this life has to offer.
What you are doing now is NOT living
- Sitting in a cubicle for 8+ hours a day is NOT living.
- Reporting to an unreasonable boss who has unrealistic expectations is NOT living.
- Being at the mercy of a corporation who can choose to terminate you at any time is NOT living.
- Feeling trapped in your safe and “secure” job and living in constant fear of losing it is NOT living.
- Dreading Sunday evenings because you know that the next morning will bring yet another week of drudgery is NOT living.
- Feeling like you have no choice but to suck it up and grind out each day at an unfulfilling job is NOT living.
What IS Living?
We are all meant to do good things. We can all make a difference in someone’s life and in our own. We are meant to spend our days doing things we enjoy. We are are meant to wake up with a sense of purpose and energy.
We are meant to be fulfilled by what we choose to do each day of our lives. Life is way too fucking short not to. Some of us choose to play it safe by living by the social norms, taking a paycheck each week, and praying that we are not downsized.
But we MUST ask ourselves this one very important question;
Is this what life is about?
If your answer is “no” then you need to take a very hard look at what you’re doing and why. Some of us will choose to stay the course and retire at age 70 with a gold watch and a pat on the back.
Some of us will test the waters, dare to dream a little, and then run back to momma when things get scary. And some of us will take life by the balls and make our own rules regardless what the world thinks of it.
Which person are you?
Ending The Grind
I’ve been writing about my journey from job hating cynic to doing work I love since 2010. I’ve written out of anger, contempt, and frustration but also from hope, faith, and love. And I’ve shared many of my successes and failures along the way.
If you’re new here, I suggest reading the following posts to catch you up to speed on exactly what this blog is all about and how it can help you.
12 Most Engaging Posts (from earliest to most recent):
- What To Do When You Hate Your Job
- How To Stand Out In The Online World Of Average
- Why Your Personality Is Killing Your Blog
- The Longest 4 Years Of My Life
- The Quickest Way To Blogging Failure
- Penelope Trunk Calls Bullshit On Me. BIG Wake Up Call
- Falling Down
- Life Lessons From A Friend
- Calling Bullshit On Myself
- Year Of The Grind
- The Only Decision I Have
- Reawakening The Grinder
So take a few minutes (or longer) to read through some of these posts. It will give you a much better understanding of why I write and how it’s related to you. And if you like what you read, please join the movement and receive a copy of 20 Real Life Cubicle Escape Stories!
After spending more than a decade of my life working in corporate America, sitting in a cubicle, and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements (yes, that’s from Office Space!), I started this blog as a way to vent about my frustrations.
After a number of ups and downs, struggles in my personal life, and so much stress that it was literally killing me, I decided that enough was enough. I had reached my breaking point and finally said “fuck it”. In October 2013, I walked away from a great job in finance, full benefits, stock options, generous bonuses, and a very high income in the near future.
Why did I do this? Because it was my time. It was my time to go for broke and create a life worth living. I did this in order to pursue my passion for fitness, which is not a high paying field at all.
But you know what? I get to help people become fit, live healthier lives, and enjoy a higher quality of life. And I get to do it every day. But despite the crushing financial stress of taking a significant pay cut and not knowing if I will have enough money each month, I am making it work.
Why? I have to. Plain and simple.
I chose passion over security, hustle over routine, and challenge over status quo. This blog is a reminder to every single person who has dreams of doing what they love for a living. You CAN do it, believe me. Is it difficult? Of course. Will it keep you up nights wondering what the next day will bring? Yes it will.
Will you question your decision at every turn? I believe you will.