Do You Want To Quit Your Job?

You know you do, but you can’t because you have bills to pay, a family to feed, and a car payment every month.

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
4 min readApr 2, 2022


Do you dread going to work?

Do you have to convince yourself everyday to go to work?

Do you count down the minutes until it’s time togo home?

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone.

I’m not here to tell you to quit your job. I’m not here to tell you to drop out of society. I’m not the one with all the answers.

I am here though, to tell you that society makes us all believe that if we aren’t following our passions, then we are devoid of any passion. This is far from the truth. In fact, only a minority of people are actually pursuing their passions.

Don’t feel bad.

We’re told over and over and over we should always pursue our passions; we should turn reality into what we believe will make us happy. This is largely a cultural belief in the west. In the east, most families map out their children’s future.

A friend of mine who is from Korea is a successful doctor. He has his own practice and he easily makes six figures a year. But he didn’t grow up wanting to be a doctor, he was like any other kid, he wanted to be a fireman or a policeman or a baseball player. Becoming a doctor was his parents’ choice.

Pursuing your passions has been successfully marketed to us — the people in the west — during the last century to the point of parody. This can be dangerous because most young people don’t know what their passions are.

As Confucius said, “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It’s great advice, but it’s not always that simple — it can be difficult to figure out what you love. If you have to look for your passion, then you probably aren’t passionate about it.

The answer to the question “what am I passionate about?” is right under our noses. You’ve already found your passion, you’re just ignoring it. A normal person spends 16 hours a day awake, what do we do with our time? We’re doing something, right?



A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer .