How I Freed Up My Time By Leaving Corporate Jobs Behind

People climbing the corporate ladderGrowing up as a Gen X’er, I was always told that getting a good corporate job was the way to lifelong stability. But this never resonated well with me. I tried to make it work though. Oh, how I tried!

I wanted to be considered stable and successful, and make my family proud. But I just never felt at home in a corporate job. I always felt like those jobs were sucking the life right out of me.

The daily grind

Every day, I would get up at 5 or 6 am to get in a short workout. Then take a shower, eat breakfast and pack my lunch for the day. Next it was time to hit the road and sit in traffic. How long I sat in traffic depended upon the corporate job and where it was located. But sometimes, it could be up to an hour. I realize that some people spend longer in their cars commuting, but I think that is just asinine!

While I was at work, I spent a decent portion of the day not doing anything productive because I had already completed my tasks. I realize not everybody has the same perspective on things, but I really HATE to sit around and do nothing. Even if I am getting paid for it. I would much rather work my butt off the whole time I am at work, than sit around and try to find things to do.

To me, that is just ridiculous!

After spending a good portion of the day not doing much productive, then I would have to go sit in afternoon traffic for another hour or so. Once that was finished, it was time to decompress, which was at least another hour, if not all night.

What working a corporate job really meant

Therefore, for me, working a corporate job meant that I was really on somebody else’s clock close to 12 hours a day, but only getting paid for 8. And the 8 hours I was getting paid, I wasn’t being nearly as productive as I could be on my own.

This is when it became clear to me that leaving corporate jobs could not only free up my time, but also potentially increase my income. I am much more productive when left to my own devices and not restricted by whatever job description they had decided I was required to follow.

Leaving corporate life behind

Now, my income has the potential to be limitless and every hour that I work is productive. I can work less hours and enjoy my life while still continuing to learn and grow, and increase my income. To me, this is the glaringly obvious choice, so why aren’t more people doing it?

Well, it takes work, creativity, drive, problem solving skills and a little bit of fear of the unknown to push someone out the corporate door. I am glad that I am no longer in the corporate boat, because it has increased my overall work/life balance and general happiness.

Creating financial stability without the corporate grindThe Art of Being a PITA book cover

If you want to learn more about how and why I have done what I have done, and how to create financial stability while doing it, then please grab a copy of my book “The Art of Being a PITA.”

I would love to help you free up time in your life and hopefully increase your overall happiness, as well as your potential income.