James Altucher on Quitting Your Job

James Altucher has written a piece titled "10 Reasons Why You Have to Quit Your Job This Year".  He has written other similar pieces in the past.  I have discussed Altucher before.  I have both praise and criticism for him and his ideas.  Actually, I have more criticism for him and more praise for his ideas.

Altucher's writing is very stimulating.  His personal stories are quite humorous, aside from being almost tragic some of the time.

I don't recommend that you use him as a role model.  I recommend that you use part of his personality as a role model.  I recommend that you read his ideas to stimulate your own creativity.

He offers 10 reasons on why you should quit your job.  Some are much better than others.  I like his reason #9: "Its ok to take baby steps".  It makes the whole piece a little less dramatic.  It brings you back to reality.  Some of the people making comments at the bottom may have skipped this one.  He is not necessarily recommending that you quit today or tomorrow.  He is recommending that you take steps so that you are able (financially and mentally) to quit in the future.

I really enjoyed reading some of the comments below the article.  There didn't seem to be a lot of in-between comments.  There was a lot of praise.  There were also a few people that scolded him because they said they liked their jobs and did not want to become an entrepreneur.

One thing you can recognize from reading the comments is that everyone really is different.  You may hate your job, but it doesn't mean that everyone else does.  Some people are completely satisfied working for a big company.  They like the daily routine, they like the benefits, and they like the lack of risk (aside from the possibility of losing their job).

There are some people who could never be happy working in an office or working for a big company.  This could be due to laziness or it could be due to a great entrepreneur spirit.  Again, everyone is different.

I think the point is, is that you can take what you want from reading articles like this.  Altucher offers a lot of things to think about.  He inspires many people, which I think is great.  Even if you disagree with him, you can still benefit from his writings.

But seriously, if you are going to quit your job, make sure that you have a good plan for yourself.