You're looking at your day job all wrong. Here's why.

By
Jason Gutierrez
in
Motivation
November 11, 2021

In January 2016, at 26 and making $130,000 per year, I quit my job.

You might think, "Ok, surely this dumbass at least had something lined up."

But nope, I didn't.

I bet my future solely on my ambitions to become a blogger and hit it big. I had zero experience running a business and working for myself. Unsurprisingly, I failed miserably.

Your Day Job Is an Asset, Not a Burden

I used to look at my 9 to 5 as a burden β€” an impedance to accomplishing my goal of making money online.

"Imagine what I could do with an extra 40 hours a week."

But that was just a lie that I told myself. I didn't need to unburden my life from my day job, I just needed to learn how to leverage it.

I learned that lesson the hard way (by losing tens of thousands of $$ in income and savings). You can learn the easy way by not quitting your job and instead understanding why it's such a huge asset:

1. It grants life’s most precious commodity β€” time.

When you have zero guaranteed income, you're under the gun to make ends meet. This leads to poor decisions, rushed efforts, and half-assed work. If you already have a job, you aren't pressured to make money. You have time to think clearly and iterate your efforts.

2. It gives you access to more resources.

You can invest money from your day job into your side hustle to accelerate learning and growth. A person with a job can afford to buy books, courses, and tools. A person without a job can't.

3. It offers constraints.

Productivity is not limited by constraints, it's amplified by them. You might think 8 hours is always better than 2, but if you only have 2 hours per day to work on something important, you will make every hour count. Sometimes less is more.

The tl;dr?

Don't quit your day job (yet). Leverage it.

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