Man Quits $80K Job to Work in Grocery Store Part Time – Minimalism
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Man Quits $80K Job to Work in Grocery Store Part Time – Minimalism

I decided to simplify my life for years you know I was convinced that I had to make more money more money and that money would bring me freedom and happiness I was just scared of making a change but as soon as I made that change I knew right away that it was the right thing to do because I I felt like this weight lifted off my shoulders I got a pretty cushy government job right after graduating from university so I had all this money I was single so I decided to buy myself a house bought a big house in the suburbs for a bedroom house and my new obsession was buying furniture and from there I sold my house and bought a condo kept the same job kept making more and more money every year for 11 years I stayed in that job and I had the golden handcuffs you know I had the pension the benefits I was making 80 thousand bucks a year I had all this you know freedom to go shopping if money was a non-issue so I could buy whatever I want I could get all these toys all these musical instruments saw these microfiber couches but deep down I wasn’t happy I would come home from work and I was miserable and I dreaded going to work every day my job was super super unfulfilling it wasn’t making me happy being in an office an hour today just sitting there at a desk staring at a computer screen you know you’re sitting down you’re not doing much but it’s actually exhausting and I was trapped I felt trapped once you get into this you but you go on this path of buying things you get addicted and you feel like you know you’re stuck and you have people around you telling you that you know you’re you’re set for life and it would be crazy to leave this job like why would you leave this job you’re you know what maybe nuts you’re set I flipped out I just flipped out one day and I realized yeah this is not making me happy and I made some changes and what did it for me is a silent retreat for ten days and just did a lot of soul-searching and I realized yeah this this can’t go on I quit my job but the condo up is up for sale and I just walked away I was super scared but I knew I had to change my life if I was gonna you know be happy and looking back I have no regrets zero regrets whatsoever it was the best move ever made my entire life and I work three days a week in a grocery store I have a lot less money but I have a lot more time a lot more time to do the things that I love spend time with people I love do a lot of you know personal work and personal growth kind of stuff which is really important to me and that’s what makes that’s what makes me happy so I have less money but you know so that means you have to simplify your life so I got myself a super small apartment it’s easy to take care of I bike to work I love biking it’s the cheapest way to travel and you know because I cut all these expenses now I’m able to work only three days a week where I work now at the grocery store it’s you might think it’s you know boring or mind-numbing but actually I’m on my feet all day I’m running around dealing with customers and talking to people and actually leave work feeling invigorated and energized so once I downsized to a smaller space that’s when you realize like oh my god I have a lot of stuff and to me having a lot of clutter in your physical space to me it makes like have clutter in my mind so it just stresses me out so when I sold my condo I sold a lot of stuff I gave stuff away I put stuff away in storage living in a small space in my bachelor apartment you’re forced to live simply you’re forced to be more organized and just to be clutter free of course this is not the solution for everyone doesn’t mean that you know if you do if you do what I did that you’re going to be happy that’s not what I’m saying at all you know I still have problems I still have challenges that doesn’t go away but if there’s something that you know you can change in your life and that’s gonna make you happy or you should do it if you know there are things you can’t control you have to accept that but I think you have to have the courage to you know take charge and make that change if you can

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100 thoughts on “Man Quits $80K Job to Work in Grocery Store Part Time – Minimalism

  1. There are two kind of happinesses . The extrinsic and intrinsic happiness. The extrinsic happiness is money, status and image. The intrinsic happiness is self-growth, spiritual growth, and help community. The intrinsic happiness is more fulfilling and lasting. The moral story is he was on the extrinsic happiness and it didn’t fulfilled him. The message,” simplify your life,, then you don’t have to slave for stuffs, and spend your energy on what matters to you most.”

  2. guess he should just start youtube channel and start exploring world, i'm surei it would earn him freedom and a lil money

  3. Absolutely Fantastic ill leave USA move back to Europe and simplify work part time and resign from corporate America so I can Travel and seek God

  4. I think he had this all planned out since college: get a 4 years degree and making 80k/year, saved a lot of money, and have no family and kids. Do that for years 10+ plus years, then downsize, get a part time job, and semi-retired comfortably. Very smart plan. I guess marriage and kids are not in his plan. Come home to an empty nest and staring at the ceiling by yourself. I guess some people want peace and quiet and don't wan to bother by anybody else in their life.

  5. I did the complete opposite. I worked at Albertsons for 10 years and now I have a $75K a year job and I couldn’t be happier!

  6. Life has gotten so painful empty confusion sets in and takes over what you think is right all in the hopes you find a way out of your Black hole.

  7. Well, if he has retirement. Sure. You're all good dude. Work that part time job then.
    Not really a good story for most people though. People that are making min. wage need cash to live.

  8. No offense but if you realize, money does bring you freedom you desire for long. Because of that money you get/save from working in that unfulfilling job, eventually you get to choose the path and lifestyle you want to live.

  9. Im the opposite of this guy: i work 6 days a week, 65 to 70 paid hours. And am working to break $100K as a personal challenge. The money goes into our house; the possessions we buy makes our lives better. Im buying tools, paying mortgage in 20 yrs instead of 25. To me, money allows for this. Once im in a position to semi retire, then yes, i will…

  10. The moral is being happy should be life goal not getting money I liked this video yes it would be never ending thing to do a job which does not give happiness

  11. Wait until you encounter a catastrophic medical event that requires hospitalization resulting in expensive medical expense. Hopefully your job comes with excellent benefits to cover you. By then, you'd wish you kept your previous job, saved money or expect to get bailed out by taxpayers. Those that are genuinely in a distressed situation deserves assistance than somebody who's experimenting.

  12. Having been through a similar experience (though with a smaller salary) I can sympathise with this guy. We downsized to a caravan last year and have never been happier. Ironically, we now save more from our minimum wage jobs than what we did before when we earned x3 more.

    The future now is so much brighter and we feel we are in control of it.

  13. Not quite the same but I traded corporate retail (NYC) for hanging out with my kid (then 1yrs old, now 5) in the jungles of Northern Thailand solo. Although we will be back stateside in a year, it’s easier to choose what to put on your plate when you’ve cleared it completely. And trust, its clear. Left nothing behind, coming back with a suitcase or 2. Not sure what I will be doing exactly but I know where it’s centered.

  14. i think what made him empty is living a life without a purpose. travelling without a destination is pointless. .you eventually get tired not even knowing why you are doing it in the first place.

  15. The way to go is to quit the job but still find a way to move forward financially and have more time. I don't think I would like to work in grocery store after making 80k for 11 years. Regardless of if I could live a minimalistic lifestyle, it would feel like moving backwards to me.

  16. 80k a year x 11 years is probably around $55k – $60k take home. So you got like $5k per month if you can live on half that and save $2500 per month that's $30k per year savings so multiply by 11 years that's $330k savings. If you invested and started some businesses that generate at least $1000 a month in addition to your grocery job preferably in something you are passionate about I think you could relax quite well. I think with the cash flow you have you could have done something in business on your own and still make good money. Heck it's virtually free to start many types of online business these days. Would have started my own grocery store if it excited me that much.

  17. I like this vid and very happy for him. As he says not for everyone – but if you are single, no dependants then yeah do whatever makes you the happiest.

  18. Man Quits $80K Job to Work in Grocery Store Part Time – TWIST – he now manages IT for the same Grocery Store chain making $80K

  19. Mmmh if someone can really show me how to make this happen in NYC where the rent for a damn basic 1 bedroom apartment in Brooklyn ( no rich and shiny Manhattan) starts around 1700$, and the metro card monthly is 121$, and minimum wage is 15$!! 🤨🤨

  20. Did exactly the same thing, quit 70k+ gov job (sitting at my desk watching youtube all day exhausted from boredom). Now I work 2.5 days a week walk 2mins to the next building chatting up customers and helping ppl, making half the hourly wage as before, but so happy and Loving Life!

  21. Haha brilliant! Same here I used to run a business and before that worked full time now I only work 2 hours per day and I spend the free time just being peaceful and I am so much happier and no stress!

  22. It’s all in how you look at it. I think you looked at it wrong. You could’ve started philanthropic work & then your boring job would’ve served a purpose to fulfilling your outside hobby.

  23. Dude i love ya!!. I had the same thing. Stressing your whole life for a lot of money = you will be dead for you 60. Or be happy and living a life , less stressfull with enough money to survive= you will live longer then 60..

  24. I see a lot of people on here complaining about having a gf or wife is problematic when it comes to money. Not all women are gold diggers. You chased the wrong type.

  25. I may not be having my ideal job but i can always make this job an ideal for me..its just a matter or how you will deal with it and you will surely be happy with it😊

  26. I quit my 100k job as a union electrician to start my own and did not make a video of it
    Bought my house cash and didn't make video of it all us paid for and did not make video of it

  27. get that stuff out of storage ASAP. Your storage fees will pile up and your storage costs will exceed what your stuff is worth.

  28. I did the same thing last year I quit my job I was at for two years I hated it so much I’m way happier that I’m not their

  29. Can I just say he wouldn't of been able to work three days a week in a grocery store if he hadn't had the 80K job in the first place. If he started off poor and working in the grocery store he would of had to work full time in the grocery store and have a second job just to pay his Bill's and survive. That's why most people are looking for a better job. He was lucky to of had an 80K a year job for so long.

  30. Happy person with money= Super rich happy champ.

    Sad person with money= Super rich sad bastard.

    Money is not the issue, he is the issue. He bought material things to compensate his loneliness/sadness.

    Don’t blame money but hey, if it makes you happy go for it. It takes courage to take any step into the unknown so enjoy.

  31. I can see both perspectives and have, in fact, lived both. I was never more miserable than when I was making lots of money, despite enjoying many aspects of the job itself. In taking a step back and refocusing on living simply, life had more depth and resonance. That said, it's true that items such as dental care and even basic living expenses can become a millstone around one's neck if one is riding financially close to the line. It's a good argument for having serious conversations surrounding what our society values. The area depicted in this video is trendy and expensive, and becoming more so. It may be an even trade off financially to have no car while having to pay out of pocket for extended health coverage, live with no employer pension contributions and have more expensive rental fees. The value inherently lies in whether or not one values personal time, family time and friendships over the stability of a job offering those aforementioned perks; whether one values the environment over the ease of hopping in a car; whether one values a more simplistic lifestyle, or the acquisition of things. For those among us who struggle to make ends meet, there are solutions and the idea of sharing in a simple life with those in our families and communities is a key starting point for the conversations that can get those solutions to the table. Solutions that transcend a carbon tax kickback, such as finding ways of living more affordably in urban spaces, providing means of eliminating daily commutes to and from work, affordable child care and flexible employment arrangements for families. There are tonnes of things we could do, if we could all decide to get to know all of the issues and work towards solving them actively in our personal lives and communities.

  32. It's like having a Cdl. Once you know you have the qualifications after a few years to come back and make alot of money you're no longer a prisoner to it. You can drive uber or something part time knowing you're not forced to be poor. It's alot different when you have absolutely no choice.
    Me personally I'm taking a 5 month break off trucking to relax. The older you get you realize how important time and health are important. I'm barely 30 but trucking sucked the life out of me took all my free time. Consumed everything. Fortunately I saved good money to allow myself time to breathe.

  33. Where does he live? A super small apartment? That is not small. I lived in Arlington VA outside of DC and paid $1450 for a 550 sq ft. He is single and probably doesnt have a lot of bills. This is admirable but not for everyone.

  34. In some ways he went forward and in some ways he went backwards. He went forward as far as mental health, time and happiness is concerned. But he said he moved from a home to a condo to an apartment and he also said he has put things into a storage unit. That is super terrible. Rent for both the storage unit and apartment are subject to aggressive rent increases that will amount to gouging. A typical storage unit goes up every 6 months and they know it is not easy to rent a truck and empty those personal items.

    They are by far worse than any rental landlord. If he is living in LA or an expensive city he will also live to regret living in an apartment sooner or later. They just don't stay affordable for ever unlike a mortgage that is locked in and affordable. If he left that good job before setting up an annuity or some income streams that generate monthly income maybe he left too soon. For me I would much rather be miserable at a job but go home to an investment that provides me with a stable roof over my head, something that I can own versus being free and working a few times a week but also living in an apartment as a tenant. It really isn't even a close consideration. You can sell the home and cash in on the equity and live as a tenant with something in the bank.

  35. He should have asked his old employer to work only 3 days a week for less money, they may have gone for it, and he'd still be way ahead of a grocery store income

  36. He made 80k a year, but i'm sure it wasn't 80k when he started. he probably only made 80k near the end. Am I the only one here who doesn't think 80k is all that much after working at the same company for 11 years? Not to mention, that's 80k in new york city, not kansas. He makes it sound like a small fortune. To me it would be, but not if i'm paying a mortgage and buying furniture and doing fun stuff with all that money in the most expensive city in the US.

  37. Mannnnn finally someone who I can relate to.. it’s a must to do what makes “YOU” HAPPY! 🙌🏽 Thanks for sharing

  38. I think many people will not understand that material things does not give happiness. I was a university teacher. I live in one room tiny apartment beside my job. It was best time. I had enough sleep, do no have to worry about car or travelling to work. In dit small room 4 brothers and sisters came and could sleep. Afterwards we had 4 room apartment. In that 4 room apartment they started to fight and wanted to through out each other from that house. So happiness in something else.

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