Dear Internet, Stop Telling Me to Quit My Job

Writer Bianca Bass is so bored of seeing quotes telling her to quit her day job

Like you, I love the Internet and its ever-growing self-help section. But I’m so bored of seeing quotes that say ‘Quit your job!’ ‘Follow your dreams!’ ‘Do what you love!’

Here’s why…

Firstly, great advice! Really life-changing stuff. I’ll hand in my notice tomorrow, you sage! Are you going to pay for my apartment/bills/food/life, too? 

Secondly, have you ever thought that I might actually enjoy my day job? That it might even give me purpose and focus to work harder and better at my side hustles? That I enjoy the human interaction and, heaven forbid, a routine

I was created to create, that much is true. But I’m also here to learn from people far more than experienced than I am. From office politics. From the art of being a woman in the world of work. 

I’m not ruling out the possibility of moving to Thailand to live out my nomadic fantasies, I’m simply saying: not now. Not before I’ve made my mark. Not before I’ve achieved something I can be proud of. 

Interestingly, a day job has become somewhat of a dirty little secret in the creative world. 

But day jobs have been the foundation for so many people’s wildest dreams. The base from which people can save some money, start a fuck off fund and build their lives. 

Where’s the shame in that? 

Having an interesting life and having a day job aren’t mutually exclusive things. 

It’s possible to have both. You can have both. 

Your existence isn’t any less interesting than the person on Instagram with the perfect tan, drinking from a coconut. Or the business owner working remotely from a beach in Bali. 

Don’t get me wrong, the stories of those who have made it on their own are inspiring and deserve to be applauded. But for the vast majority people, they’re far from reality. We need more voices, perspectives and opinions from all kinds of creative people.

Instead of sharing quotes like “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”, why don’t we start celebrating those who are doing the best they can, with what they currently have?

For millennials, it almost feels like we *have* to be exploring South East Asia or backpacking through Bolivia, otherwise we’re doing it wrong. 

But every one of our journeys is different, complicated and entirely our own. 

For me, combining the challenge of a day job with my creative endeavours keeps me happy, paid and somewhat sane. I like the balance. I like how my job allows my creative pursuits to be less about finances, and more about fun. And I value the weekend because I feel I’ve earned it. 

Sure, I sometimes imagine everything I could do if I had more time. But I also remember what it was like to have all the time in the world, and absolutely no money.

Maybe one day I’ll run away to an ashram and practice Ashtanga yoga for a year. Maybe I’ll quit the ‘corporate life’ and volunteer at an avant-garde art gallery. Maybe I’ll save some money and take a break for a while.

But until then, I’m learning about myself and earning in the process.

And I’m sorry Internet, but that’s quite alright by me.

Do you agree with Bianca? Add your comments below:


*This article was originally published on Bianca Bass’ blog, check it out here *

Bianca Bass is a London-dwelling writer, editor and brand consultant, follow her on Twitter here

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  • Jessica Medina

    This is the best article I´ve read in a very long time!!! and i wish this would´ve come to me a couple years earlier, when i did listened to the internet and tried to follow my dreams but ended up broke, I mean it was a great experience! but i think that it would have been so much better if I would be saved a little more money!! and not think as my daily job as an enemy! Now, im back working on a day job! which actually provides me money to pay for all my stuff and can just focus on having fun

  • Jasleen

    Have been waiting for someone to write something like this. Really appreciate and do believe in what you have said.

  • O. Sid

    Super Excellent article… Someone had to put a “Reality Check” into life. It was as if someone spoke my heart out, for me. ; )

  • Isabel Dias

    Great article! There must be great creative, entrepreneur and auspicious people, and there must exist analysts, executants, and another huge kind of people and tasks to create, develop and sustain great projects, cities, etc.
    there wasn’t space in the world to have just entrepreneurs!! the message must be to “be the kind of people who work well, with respect. Improve the ambient, the life, the science…”

  • Nykola

    Finally someone said it out loud. As a future doctor I often felt so bad about all those hours in the library whihe watching my friends out on holidays … Knowing that in the future things wont change so much … It took me a long time to realize that that “im working brom Bali” path is not for everyone

  • rajendra

    I agree with u Bianca. 😀

  • Alejandra hernandez

    Totally Agree, social media is pushing people to quit and being less productive in the porsuit of them dreams. But the most succesfull people had found ir by a day to day hard work!

  • Paula

    Sure! Work in big corporations to feed the consumerism! Consumerism is really good for climate changes! Consumerism is really good for the planet. But capitalists care about that?

  • Anuradha

    Totally agree ….she wrote exactly what my thots are.