Quit Corporate Slavery and Make More of Your Life and Future

thebreakingoutguidetoquittingcorporateslaveryDoes the idea of a job in a big corporation turn you cold?

Want to escape corporate America?

More and more people are quitting corporate slavery to start their own business and make more of their life and future.

Quit Corporate Slavery and Make More of Your Life and Future!

Large numbers of employees are disillusioned with their so-called “professional” corporate jobs and want to find a better alternative for their future.

Too many people get stuck working as employees in large corporations with little freedom or control over their work.

Whether you’re a new graduate recruit, a middle manager, or specialist professional, the fact is work in the typical office of a large corporation is mind-numbingly boring.

You get little chance to express yourself creatively or to act as an entrepreneur. Your days are taken up with pointless meetings, reports, and emails full of corporate jargon.

Being required to achieve meaningless “KPI” targets. Subjected to demeaning “employee reviews”. Having to work with layers of management and supervision, yet no-one wanting to be responsible for making a decision.

The tedium of brain-numbed colleagues trotting to the staff canteen for lunch and back every day. The pseudo-motivation you’re expected to bring with you.

I’ve been there too. I’ve seen the inside of many large corporations, mostly as a self-employed contractor and also as a permanent employee.

The remarkable thing is that most of these companies have all been pretty much the same.

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People become trapped in an impersonal hell of grumpy disinterested people and office miseries, “KPI”-pressure, internal office politics, and micro-management.

What’s struck me most of all is the disconnect between most employees and the work they carry out every day.

For this reason, for many employees of large companies, loyalty, dedication to serving customer needs, and identification with the corporate mission statement only goes as far as their monthly pay cheque.

The whole thing is a farce that no-one really believes in or has any passion for. In many cases not even the CEO as he or she is most often just yet another hired hand and usually one of relatively short duration at that.

The only result or output which matters for your work is some intangible “KPI” or “key performance indicator” – a cold and impersonal statistic thought up by someone else.

Most People are Indifferent to their Work and the Company

Whether it’s corporate America, or corporate Europe, or anywhere else, the fact is, most people in large companies just don’t get see the result of their work or any real meaning in what they are doing every day from nine til five.

It’s just not humanly possible for most people to have enthusiasm for work in those kind of environments.

In that popular TV comedy satire series “The Office” we hardly ever got to hear anything about the actual product the company produced.

As it happened, it was paper and stationery items. But it might just as well have been baked beans, cat food, or industrial rivets for all the relevance and connection it had with the actual daily working lives of the people employed there.

That series was a world-wide success. The reason being that many people saw themselves and their own situation reflected in the comedy and were able to relate to it only too well.

In the large companies I’ve worked at, most of the employees were just going through the motions. They had internally switched off and were reduced to clock-watching and waiting for lunchtime and the daily trot to the canteen to come around.

Some even found it hard to wait until lunchtime. In the headquarters of one large bank in Brussels where I once contracted, a permanent member of their IT staff opposite me would while away the hours every day mousing with one hand, whilst absent-mindedly picking his nose and eating the harvest with the other. He’d done it for so long I doubt he was even aware he was doing it. I quickly learned to avert my gaze.

Whilst his colleague to my left would surreptitiously surf the Internet with his browser reduced to the size of a letterbox slit. As well as checking his Outlook calendar to see how many public holidays and other vacation days were left for that year – and how it compared with last year.

By the way, these were not people doing low level tasks, but staff with graduate degrees.

Which brings me to the whole issue of graduate employment in these companies.

The Graduate Recruitment Program is a Ticket To The Corporate Office Cubicle

Graduates are led to believe there’s an exciting and stimulating future waiting for them in the corporate world after they quit college. Once loaded up with student debt, new graduates are ideal fodder for the corporate machine.

Having a degree no longer offers protection from corporate office horror. In fact, it’s graduates who tend to fare the worst.

Forget the glossy corporate brochures showing smiling staff peering over each others shoulders looking happily transfixed at a computer or laptop screen. The reality of daily working life in most large offices is very different to the recruitment brochure fantasy.

The positions graduates are nowadays offered are often just the equivalent of low-grade clerical jobs – which used to be filled by high school leavers. This is the wonderful world of graduate employment that awaits after college.

Graduate recruitment programs are heaven-sent low-cost ways for corporate employers to net large numbers of naive young graduates before they become aware of what they are getting locked into.

I know. It happened to me as well. We’re only wise after the event.

Do you really want to resign yourself to a “career” of corporate stupor with Kiss of Death Inc? Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?

Individualists Need Not Apply

Even worse is the fake enthusiasm you are expected to bring to work with you everyday.

Despite the glossy recruitment brochures, advertisements and “corporate mission statements”, individuality is the last thing “Human Resources” want to encourage. What they really want for their organizations are docile, obedient house pets.

The classic and most notorious example of this corporate dehumanization process can be seen in Japan with its millions of white-shirted “Salaryman” automatons.

Thank God It’s Friday

Once in, it’s a question of switching off and holding on. You grumble about your 9-to-5, the company, your colleagues, the boss – and the work.

The only relief many find is TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday), annual vacations, and taking “sickies” when you’re really desperate. Such is working life in corporate America and elsewhere.

I’ve worked for companies both as an average and above-average salaried employee as well as highly paid contractor. It made me realize it isn’t a question of the money.

Satisfying work is never about money. A life not lived authentically, in a job or organization which doesn’t allow your full potential to thrive, is a life wasted. The nine-to-five all too often turns out to be a living death spent amongst the living dead.

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The good news is, your life and future doesn’t have to be like that. You don’t have to surrender to corporate America.

Most people are capable of achieving much more than they have been led to believe.

And the best way to achieve more is to get entrepreneurial and start your own business.

It’s a question of self-motivation, changing your mindset, creating a vision – and setting new goals for yourself.

What’s more, there’s never been a better time than now for people who are willing to get entrepreneurial. The digital economy is now established and still growing fast.

The web makes it possible to reach markets and customers anywhere in the world.

This means there are great opportunities available right now – provided you are willing to grasp them.
Only fools and horses settle for being a worker. You can escape corporate America!

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Becoming an entrepreneur means having the freedom to be fully creative in your business. Getting to see the real results of your work.

Being directly responsible for your customers satisfaction.

Being able to make a real direct, and meaningful contribution which you and others can actually see.

Building an asset of your own for your future which has value to the world.

And above all it means taking control over your life and your destiny. Steering your own destiny, instead of having it decided by managers in glass-walled offices setting KPIs.

There’s an old saying: Those who don’t have plans of their own will be put to work to fulfill the plans of others.

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51 Responses to Quit Corporate Slavery and Make More of Your Life and Future

  1. Nebula Haze October 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    I know that is a completely different thing, but there is such a correlation with modern-day corporate slavery and the kinds of real slavery that have taken place in the past. The people with all the money have found a way to get as much profit as possible from the poor lower class, while providing their poor employees with just the bare minimum needed to keep them from completely going crazy and quitting. They hand out promotions, pay raises, and vacation like carrots to get the docile workforce to keep plodding ahead, unaware that they are giving away their life to make money for someone else. Their life isn’t their own. Their schedule and life are dictated by their employer and they must go to him to request time off. Even people who have ‘made it’ with a cushy job and plenty of money still must slave away 40+ hours a week to make even more money for somebody else.

    In the movie Fight Club, there is talk about how people will do everything they’re supposed to. They’ll go to college, get a job, get married, have kids. And yet, after all that is done, what are they do to next? There’s no prescibed next step and yet they’re still not happy. But now, they’ve been tricked into the system and find themselves slaving away their time for someone else. They’ve followed the formula to success and happiness, but find themselves miserable. Yet now their life is set in stone and they’re too busy, and too entrenched in bills to be able to call it quits. In order to keep a roof over the head of their family, they need to keep working, hoping to somehow gain a boon which will make their life slightly easier. They no longer try to escape their fate, and instead scheme to be the head slave overseeing the other slaves. It makes me sad to work in an office full of these people who are so unhappy yet so resigned to their fate and caught up in the day-to-day.

  2. Kevin February 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    You make an interesting point about people “making it” with the “good job”. I often wonder what “good job” really means in most cases in practice.

    Perhaps not repetitive poorly paid work. But doing a job where you feel disconnected, do not see the real value of the output of your tasks, where you are subject to complex management tiers, required to communicate in corporate woffle, overstressed and pressured through fear and other techniques to spend long hours working doing all this… That to me is not what I call a “good job”.

    I think this concept of a “good job” comes partly from the old idea that if you wear a suit and tie and work in an office, then you have got yourself a “good job”.

    When we lived in a primarily industrial society and economy this may have been the case. It was perhaps the best many could hope for. And indeed in those days it was probably better than being a factory worker.

    As for going to college, getting married or having kids. I think these are worthy things to do. They don’t have to mean that you fall into that kind of trap. What often tends to happen though is that people use these things as crutches and excuses to hide behind to avoid taking any other action.

    There are plenty of entrepreneurs who have children, and even more than one mortgage and other commitments, such as extended family, but who don’t let these things prevent them from starting their own business, emigrating or changing career.

  3. Ball Buster March 6, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    I have worked in corporations all my life and have had various bosses. All were carbon copies of each other except one. All were primarily interested in wielding power and covering their ass if something went wrong. Most bosses take pleasure in the fact you have to come to them to beg for vacation or explain why you were sick. I have managed people before and know it comes with its own burdens that your average working joe may not appreciate but there is no reason to be sadistic. I had one boss who always had my back, fought for me to get pay increases and was genuinely interested in my career development. She was a great woman and sadly died of cancer. Its ironic that I wish this happen to just about every other boss I had EXCEPT for her.

    I think some jobs are better than others, some environments and corporate cultures less oppressive but the boss subordinate relationship is one I will never be able to except. It is basically a scam where I break my back for them to collect the check. Owning your own business and productivity in some form is the only way. Unfortunately this often means needing to exploit others but there are some ways to be at the top but not crush those below you, it’s just incresingly uncommon.

  4. Kevin March 7, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Hi Ball Buster (love the name!)

    You make a good point about having had different bosses. It’s like the lyrics in that old song from The Who “meet the new boss – same as the old boss”.

    I’ve actually had some decent bosses. I think bosses are just like all other people – there are good and bad ones, and they have different good and bad traits. The trouble is people become infected by the environment they have to work under. This can turn an otherwise decent person into a “bastard”, at least at work.

    In setting up your own business you don’t have to also treat other people badly. For some people, one of the aims they have in running their own business is to do things differently, for example to be a better boss.

    I think the boss-staff relationship can deteriorate as a business gets larger and financial pressures and goals start to take more and more precedence. Shareholders, buy out companies, equity partners get greedy and this affects the whole organizaation and the human side of it then goes down the pan.

  5. Liv April 19, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Awesome blog, I can relate to everything you’ve said. My problem is guilt, I am right in the middle of a very important project and I don’t want to let people down. I have a fear of being “found out” and disappointing others.

  6. Kevin April 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Hi Liv,

    Thanks for your comment. 

    I’d say remain committed to the project through to completion (provided the time scale of the project is acceptable to you).

    It’s not a question of screwing other people over. You wouldn’t do that if it was a client of yours if you were running your own business, so don’t do it with your current employer either.  Good luck!

  7. Jebs_ August 14, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    This was a great read, I would love to be able to do this, however unfortunately in this day and age we are required to pay bills and pay for food etc, we would need to find something that provides us with a source of income that we enjoy doing I guess

    • Kevin August 14, 2012 at 5:34 am #

      Hi Jebs,  thanks for your comment.
      Yes, you have to offer something in return. It’s about giving value. But the fact is if you sit down and take an inventory of your abilities and skills, and also consider what you can add to them, and then think about what other people want, you can almost certainly come up with a business idea. You don’t have to just be a “worker operative” in life – you can do more, you can offer more.
      I’ll write about this aspect in more detail, because I think it’s something that isn’t entirely clear to people.

  8. Mr. John November 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Great stuff..as I sit and hide in the bathroom stall at my corporate slave place err I mean workplace not being the obedient low wage slave my Massas expect me to be, I am filled with hope of creating a better happier life for myself upon reading this article and comments. I also find relief I am not alone in my thoughts and beliefs as I have been awake for some time. I am tired of being looked down on and called lazy for not fully submitting to the will of this drone society and the evil greedy hellbound scum that control it. Quite refreshing to know others share how I feel and I wish I knew people like you all who desire true freedom and shun what this society has allowed to happen to them through created fear and mind control.

  9. Chassidy December 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Its coming people. More and more people are waking up. Our entire way of life is getting ready to change. Check out rich kids of instagram. Just google it and see what you are working for. I just hope there isn’t alot of bloodshed when the revolution begins.

  10. Niels December 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    I agree with Chassidy. The system cannot go on much longer or we will be responsible for creating living hell for our grandchildren and even the planet and all its other species that inhabit it. This can only be done if we let go of the old ways of doing things out of fear, survival and competition, and replace them with completely new ways of doing through love, creativity and cooperation.

    Unless you have mouths to feed beside your own I suggest that everyone quits their soul-destroying jobs as soon as possible so we can shift as fast as possible and so minimize the damage that has to be repaired later on. For the first time in thousands of years we will actually start living. Why is everyone so negative at these epic times, we have to celibrate, forever!

    Also, I believe that the new generation is already at this new level of consciousness, and it will only be a matter of time before the torch gets passed on and the corporate monetary system ends.

    • Kevin December 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Niels.

      Agree that people should quit soul destroying jobs and do something better.

      But I can’t really see the corporate monetary system ever actually ending. The material interests connected with it are too great. Where there is money to be made, people will attempt to make money.

      I don’t think that’s necessarily bad. We have to pay consideration to the environment and people’s quality of life. This is where things need to change.

  11. Jason February 18, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    This is a great article. Agree with Kevin’s comment above. I think we have all been conditioned in someway that the benchmarks to measure life is having a lot money, a great job, and everything that comes with an elite status. Therefore, we mostly all want to drive bmws and have great paying jobs, and in turn create a lot us into corporate slaves. There’s nothing wrong with having these material things, but I hate how businesses have successfully conditioned us(a lot of parents) this way (over emphasizing what we don’t really need). I mean ppl especially ones working at corporate should realize these conditioning are pure marketing mechanism/corporate strategy to penetrate markets and attack competitors. We need to think about what truely makes us happy, having experienced what’s not a happy lifestyle. Can we be happier working at something that we can express our abilities without thinking about how our lives benchmark according to the general hooplas? I sure hope so and want to find out.

    People especially younger ones that are in the middle to upper class have no reason to be at a corporate job they don’t like. (Unless you already have family obligations). It’s a true travesty…It’s a different form of slavery……

    Really thinking about quitting my job soon and get fired. In middle of some stupid a.. projects and losing my soul from not expressing my self.

    • Kevin February 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Thanks Jason for your comments.

      I agree we’re conditioned to accept a standard template of work and consuming, regardless of whether it’s what we actually want in our lives.

      I don’t think there’s necessarily anything wrong with consuming or earning a lot of money and I don’t advocate poverty. It’s just that we need to think about what we really want and not just consume and spend money because other people do.

      Agree with your point about doing work where we can be happy and express our abilities, I think that’s the most important thing.

  12. ROVER MacCHROI February 28, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more, corporations thrive on 9 to 5 slave. One percent holds the wealth and power of 99% of Earth. Since Jesus chased the ‘money changers’ 2000 years ago and got arrested and crusified for rebelion against the greed and the system, nothing has changed… Its even worse today I believe in so many ways, the system, the greed, the borders, governmental puppets elected and paid by corporations. Manipulation, repression exploatation, lies, thats what makes the system ! We the poor are thrown in the ditch with nothing while corporate and political filth are living with billions of dollars they never had to work for(because ignorant, easily manipulated masses are doing all the work for them). Police and armies guard not the countries but the rich, filthy and corrupted elites. Breaking free is the goal, it takes big time waking up, with majority of humanity beeing in deep slumber. I myself have chosen a path of beeing an antisystem music artist, which sadly doesn’t pay the bills. We are beeing forced to apply for whatever corporate crap ’99 years of experience eejit wanted, willing to work for 1 cent and behave like a good slave.’ As if I would wanna work for any bloodsucking corporation out there ! Whatever forced slavery coming my way, I only hope and pray its a short term one. Whatever selfemployed is better than beeing a corporate slave. Besides, I’m unemployable anyway, still stuck in hell on Earth 3rd world serbia, my human and emigration rights are down in the mud, I am not allowed to relocate towards the ‘free world’. When all is said and done, I need breaking out on so many levels.

  13. K R March 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Very good information and I agree with the writings, however…
    as the writer of this article has started his own business after being in corporate slavery, I assume he saved money while IN corporate slavery to finally do his own thing.
    If you don’t have capital, if you don’t have your own money to start with to break free and do your own thing, what is your option?
    Please answer that to the college graduates that have loans to pay off
    this Utopian idea is great .. if you have a cache of money to help you.
    If not, what options do you have to SAVE the money to break free?

    Please answer that.
    Mommy and Daddy don’t have the money to help, banks won’t loan money without a reference and camping out in a cave to live off the land is not the answer for happiness.

    • kevin March 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      thanks for your comments. Yes, you always need starting capital in order to set out to do anything, whether cash or know-how, skills, or all three.

      If you don’t have the capital yet that you need, then you need to start accumulating some first.

      How can you save to do this? For each person it depends upon their own situation as to what is possible and in what way.

      As a general answer I’d suggest taking a look at your outgoings first of all. Cutting down your consuming, reducing your outgoings, spending less. People in Western countries are much better paid than in other parts of the world, so there is often potential to be found here.

      But breaking out of corporate employment that isn’t what you want doesn’t have to depend on having large amounts of savings. You can find alternative work as an employee with organizations that do appeal to you, or become a contractor or freelancer doing work that IS what you want to do, and which doesn’t involve much starting capital to switch over to.

      This is what I myself have done in the past. For example, check out Escape the City for some ideas here. See http://www.breakingoutcoaching.com/alternatives-to-corporate-slavery/escape-the-city-anddo-something-different/

      Ps. re college debt. This is where I think people risk making mistakes. Getting into massive college debt may not be the best career choice for people. I advise caution here!

  14. Danita March 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    I stumbled onto your site because I Googled “Are You Cut Out For Corporate America.” I’ve read most of the comments and I agree with them. But most importantly I broke free in 2010. At the time, I was an admin working for a Fortune 500 car rental company. I had been considered for a promotion to exec asst but they gave it to someone else. That was cool; it was still a great learning experience. Anyway, one day my boss told me that I would be taking over the duties of a 4th department (due to impending, secret restructuring). He was clueless about my current 55-hour workload (nights and weekends). My face reddened, a lump appeared in my throat and my mind went blank. I graciously said I understood. However, I returned to my desk and wrote my resignation letter effective immediately. Months later, I was broke and on food stamps. In 2011, I started working as a freelance writer for $3.00/article. My “friends” told me that I should try (apologize) and get my old job back or work at McD’s. I staunchly kept my resolve and took incremental steps toward my vision. Years later, my work has appeared on numerous multimedia sites, magazines and marketing pieces. My rate is now $175 – $400 per piece. My friends are either still chained to their cubicles or unemployed. Breaking free starts with the individual. It is a conscious choice. Do your homework and educate yourself about the market. Get the experience (pay your dues and work for free at first). Ask God for guidance. Then jump! Think about it: If you can work hard for someone else, why can’t you work hard AND smart for yourself? Get the book “The $100 Startup.” Best wishes for a prosperous career!

    • kevin March 25, 2013 at 6:54 am #

      Hi Danita,

      a great story and I’m glad it’s gone so well for you.

      You’ve put your finger right on the very difference between employees and entrepreneurs.

      Employees receive money straight away for their labours. Entrepreneurs do not. There is a growth and investment lag.

      It’s like the difference between a farmer and a hired hand. The farmer plants the seeds in the field and receives nothing in return for some time. All there is to see is a field of bare earth.

      But over time, the field yields crops which can be harvested.

      Business people think in terms of investment and long term reward for their efforts.

      Hired hands expect to see payment straight away or else they won’t work. The farmer gets paid at the end of the harvesting season.

      That’s the difference.

      You always have to be aware of this if you are starting out in business when you talk to people who are employees. They won’t understand.

  15. Sandarsh March 31, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    If every employee were to become an employer, it would be difficult for the corporate machinery to function. The solution you offer is a tad too impractical.

    • kevin March 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      It’s extremely unlikely that every employee is ever going to become an employer or become their own boss.

      And it’s not as if every single person even wants to quit being an employee.

      So I can’t see that the corporate machinery is ever going to have a problem in that direction.

      On the other hand, most developed countries are facing real problems in finding sufficient jobs both now and in the future for people to be employees like they were in the past. That’s the system that’s impractical.

      A solution is for people to become more entrepreneurial – and not try and put their faith in jobs which don’t exist or which have no future. And by becoming self employed or creating their own business, new jobs can also be created for those who want them.

  16. Tracey April 14, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Middle management are very clever at carving out roles with no responsibility, just lots of number crunching and meetings, that’s why the hard workers get fed up and realise it’s all a game. I’m getting to the point where I would just rather do some hard work and get paid a basic wage and lower my lifestyle rather than having to answer some t@sser of a boss every week that is constantly trying to wriggle out of work and blame others!!

  17. Three Dog Guy June 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    What an awesome read! So many other comments have expressed my exhaustion and disinterest in further feeding the Corporate Machine. The multinational I worked for was bought by a larger multinational, and our salaries were not going to change! Ha! After assuming more responsibilities, I discovered when I did my taxes that I made $10,000 LESS than I did before. Of course, they had to cut my salary so the CEO could get his “reward” for structuring the deal.

    I came to see the light a few weeks ago while visiting one of our corporate locations. In the parking lot were 7 reserved parking spaces. Every one was occupied by a shiny black Mercedes. I roared with laughter when I understood that the Corporate Machine wants us to perform so it can make money, and in return, give us a status so we can consume more, so we can perform more to make money to pay our important, consuming lifestyle!

    So, now that I’ve refinanced the house to a fixed mortgage, I am quitting my job! I want to discover who *I* *am*, and not the person who spits back corporate policy. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to find out what’s inside me, through meditation, yoga, and spending time doing the things *I* want to do in my precious lifetime.

    Three Dog Guy

    • kevin June 29, 2013 at 3:15 am #

      Good points Three Dog Guy. This buying and selling of corporations never seems to do the staff any good. Companies become more and more impersonalized and more pressure is put on the employees.

      This has happened with “private equity” buyouts in the UK. They come in, asset strip, fire staff, make the remainder work longer for less – all so they can sell the company on a few years later with a “better” balance sheet. In my experience, when a buyout occurs, it’s time to leave.

      As for the black Mercedes, I remember seeing the same thing at one place I worked. I used to cycle to work, good exercise which helped to counter the 8 hours I had to spend sitting in front of a computer in their office every day.

      I was locking up my bike at the car park when the personnel director drove past me in a big black Mercedes. Too much car for one person. Sitting in the car with his finger on the steering wheel driving up the winding access road to the car deck above and straight into his parking lot where he got out. That’s what he did every day. Needless to say the guy was overweight and unfit – as well as a nervous wreck.

      Good luck with your plans, it sounds like you’re taking control and re-ordering your life how you really want it.

  18. RP August 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    What I am worried about, you start your own business get employees, presumably who then also turn into corporate slaves?

    • Kevin August 18, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      If and when you take on employees, your business won’t be on the scale of a big corporate. So the nature of the work and the environment you offer won’t be comparable.

      It depends on the type of business you start and how it’s structured, but I’m also in favour of letting people work flexibly – eg flexible time, on freelance or contract basis, and also location independently where possible. Above all we need to avoid replicating the old practices of human resources and time clocking people.

  19. Ej August 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    I stumbled upon your website while I googled “How to get out of corporate life?” I must say i enjoyed reading the entire blog; it was like a therapy. I have thinking since a few months taht all the time (7 years) that I have put into corporates , i am still dissatisfied and not happy. The 9-5 cycle is a trap. Most of the time i read articles on how to find one`s true calling , inspiresme to get into yoga, meditation as they say every individual has the potential to do something big and its just that i havent been able to find guts to leave the job – reason being the kinda lifestyle we are used to be it going out to bars, partying with friends or just accumalating money in the bank. Still when i look down at the years passed they seem worthless. Your blog has inspired me to break free. One life and we burn it in the cubicles doing worthless work and for me this has got to change!

    • Kevin August 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      Thanks Ej for your kind words. Glad also to hear that my blog has inspired you to think about changing things in your life. Good luck and keep going!

  20. joem789 September 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Regardless of what many people think. You are not going to beat the corporate system by trying to change it head on. Corporate slavery only exists because people are weakminded, stupid, and make the choice to play the corporate game. They get YOU by the balls because of your lust and greed.

    Stop living the modern life. The greedy people who are at the top, prey upon your every desire. Taunting you to want everything in sight. And the only way to feed your illness is to get a job with some corporate company. In turn, you live in a house fully corporatized with electric wires, water lines, and a host of things that cost a fortune just to keep going. You essentially, you are spending half your time working as a slave, promoting a company’s greed. Then you take the money and give it back to some other rich corporate entities. That makes you a FOOL and a SLAVE.

    There is a little known life out there that frees people from the clutches of the corporate world. But it isn’t glamorous. It isn’t full of “nice things”. And it doesn’t keep up with trends and technology. You live your life guided by virtues rather than by lusts. And you will find it by living OFF THE GRID.

    People in modern society are spoiled, unwise, reckless, out of control, careless, unforgiving, nonempathetic, paranoid, immoral, and selfish. And it is all caused by ONE single thing. MONEY. This translates to GREED. You people have sacrificed all the good things in the world for satisfying your own greed. The modern way of living is designed around greed. So to live it makes you one of them.

    But there are alot of people that have gone off the grid. They escaped the forsaken corporate life in exchange for the intended way. They sacrificed their lusts for everytihng under the sun. They sacrificed whatever they needed to. I am one of them. How did we do it?

    We left our traditional home and bought a cheap used RV. We lived in it for a whole year, saving ALL our wages. We then bought acreage with cash money. A place with trees and ZERO electricity. We moved our RV onto it. And of the following year, with our cash flow, we began to build little by little with our own two hands and alot of learning on the way. I took us two years after getting the land to have a home and all the other things we needed. We raise livestock. Wa raise tons of food. We catch all water using our roofs and large storage containers. And it was all cleverly designed around using gravity to make the water supply work because our home is underground. We use only electric for night lighting and a fridge and freezer. And solar panels and batteries take care of that. A cheap system we built ourselves.

    Only one of us has a job. And its part time. Thats just for buying some gas and what few supplies we need. Our yearly goal is to become as self reliant as possible. We even make our own soaps, detergents, towels, and more. We do not visit grocery stores. We average 1000 jars per year of canning foods. We have zero debt. We don’t deal with banks. There is no middle man in our life. Money has become a small guy that sits in the back row.

    And this was all done without modern thinking. Modern life is a trap. A fool’s trap. And if someone offered me 100 million dollars to give up this life I would tell them to go to Hell. The things that this life gives me cannot be bought. And if all people learned to live this way, the world would be much better off. The rich people are what destroys the world. Using up resources at alarming rates. Keeping people duped into slavery. Keeping them unhealthy and full of poisoned foods. The water is contaminated. The minds are contaminated. Modern life is a filthy stinking life. Leave it.

  21. John October 16, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    I am waiting for my long service leave in May of 2014 where I will be taking 6 months off at half pay. I cannot wait for that day!
    And I desperately do not want to return to this jail cell office – I need to formulate a plan leading up to and during that 6 months to release me from this.
    Working for someone else isn’t as bad as some make out, I have changed job many many times in my life but changing into the same job for a different employer is really like not changing at all. Changing into something entirely different is what some may need to feel more satisfied. It is true that when you master a skill and have to repeat that skill over and over you quickly become bored – this is why early production lines rotated factory workers into different areas.
    I guess my point is that every task or job can become boring – I have met many people who have returned to corporate employment after owning their own businesses. Therefore I agree with the author that taking a risk is probably the most important decision to make when faced with the right opportunity to do so.

  22. Gill November 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Corporate slavery will not vanish in the capitalist system because it is the very core of the system. However, the life could be made much better for “slaves” by giving them more time off, increasing their wages and creating a better work-life balance. Unfortunately, corporations will never go for that not because they can’t, but because of the greed that pervades every part of corporate existence, especially at the top. The only way out is to become a “slave holder” yourself, which is very unfortunate. Good luck everyone, and never give up hope.

  23. Gary December 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    After over 35 years working in corporate America, I applaud your idea of helping people “Breakout”. The fact is that a “job” was never meant to be something permanent. Why spend your life helping someone else reach their goals only to forget your own? But we fell into the trap and now we need to wake up and get out.
    Many of us today spend years helping our employer build a great reputation and in the process we ignore our own. When we part company it is the employee that must start from scratch to build a “brand”.
    I think that we are moving more to a “free agent” society where our concept of work will become more project oriented. People need to hear what you have to say. Good job and keep blogging!

  24. chupa February 4, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Please realize that all the employees in a company are slaves except for the owners (that is, the stockholders). After all, a manager can fire an underling but a group of underlings can never fire a manager.

    If you breakout, please form an organization based on Marxist principles and have all the employees decide what to do with the profits.

  25. FijiLaw February 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Great read indeed & the comments too – wow. I just want to share my moment of epiphany. I had completed all my work one day so i just sat there Staring around as i had nothing else to do & it hit me, i’m rotting way at work because i’m being paid to sit here whether or not i have completed my work, i’m selling my youth for a few dollars that will be devalued heavily in the near future & i’ll retire with little or no money with just a few years of life left in a almost disabled body, so i’m planning to move to an island soon where i work for my self, eat what i plant, what i catch, i’ll do what i want to do. Every body should be able to retire at 25 to 30. Our youth is priceless but they have put a price on it & i don’t think it is a fair price. They want to rob us off our glory days & leave us on the side walk when you’re done with. I’m from Fiji by the way so my vocab isn’t too good as you guys so please understand.

  26. LeisureFreak Tommy April 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Excellent article. I am glad I stumbled upon this post. I wished I had pulled the plug on my own shackled career far sooner than I did. For me I accepted lower pay for the promise of a pension which after 20 years was reduced, decimated, and frozen by a new conquering corporation by way of merger. Then years of small if any raises regardless of accomplishments and ratings. Long story short, I was an aggressive debt free saver and once I hit my magic number took what was left of my cookies from their cookie jar and added it to my own, thus being financially independent from the corporate empire, any empire. Now that my lifestyle is fully funded, I only accept opportunities that interest me for as long as the project lasts or for as long as the opportunity still interest me. I feel sorry for those I work with who are still shackled and chase every dangled carrot without question to stay in their corporate master’s favor, having to accept that they are trapped and never looking beyond because they fear the risk of taking the leap, never knowing the rewards of a more fulfilled life.

  27. Chavonn April 15, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    I made a plan for my life that 2014 would be the year I finally leave my corporate job of 2.5 years. I set the exact date and I have it marked in the calendar. I got hooked by the full health benefits but realize this is yet another mousetrap many corporations use to lure the masses and get them to stay.

    I started working a corporate job right after college at 22 years of age and I definitely DO NOT WANT to slave away for 5, 10, 25+ years as part of the docile walking dead with my goals fading in the mist.

    My job allows for 0% creativity and comes with stress, meaningless corporate politics, tons of equally useless meetings & seminars. My youth is better served elsewhere doing good for the world while bettering myself and my community. I decided I no longer dream to be free but rather want to be free and I am making it happen and no pay raise, full health benefits plan is going to stand in the way of me settling for a mediocre life and working away as a corporate 9-5 slave.

    I don’t want to be one of those people who work years as corporate slaves only to end up bitter once they see other people achieving their goals and dreams and filled with bitter regret knowing fully well they could have achieved more in life but chose not to and instead conformed to taking the ‘safe route’ of a steady paycheck. There is more to life!

  28. Shayla June 10, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Friday, June 6th was my last day as a corporate slave… The politics and popularity contest was too reminiscent of high school. The pay was laughable when you consider the amount of money the company rakes in every year since they are a top insurance company and had been fior decades. The customers never let you forget the amount of money they pay on their policies… The straw that broke the camels back was a shift bid that left me with a schedule of 11:30 to 8 p.m Monday-Thursday and Saturday… I was disgusted that I had put in so much work outside of my job description with hopes that I would be treated fairly, but that was not the case. Management was upset that I was leaving to start my own business while my peers called me a hero. Now that I am free I haven’t been happier in the last year than I have been the last two days. Thanks for posting and reaffirming that I made the right choice.

    • Kevin June 11, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      You’ve definitely made the right choice Shayla. I once tempted at a big insurance company HQ and it was awful. Good luck with your new business venture!

  29. ardsen August 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Hi Kevin,

    Nice article but I have a question. What is the difference between working for a company and starting your own job? IF you have your own job, other people will work for your company, so isn’t it the same thing?

    • kevin August 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      Hi Ardsen,

      there are a lot of differences between working for a company as an employee and starting your own business.

      For example, working for an employer means you are building their business instead of your own. You only receive a wage or salary for your work and that’s it. Whilst the owner gets to receive the profits and growth in the value of the business.

      You also have more say and responsibility when you run your own business as compared to working in a large company for someone else.

      If your own business grows sufficiently and you need extra staff, then of course you can employee people, either directly, or outsourced, contracted, freelance etc, whatever suits you best.


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  31. Maxy September 14, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    Hi Kevin,

    Great article. I have been struggling to cope with working in a cubicle but to no avail. Initially, I was very worried about my struggle with corporate life. I thought i am not normal since i have difficulty adjusting to the corporate world. But after reading your article, I realized there are others who face the same problem as me. Thanks for taking the time to publish this article.

    • kevin September 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

      Thanks Maxy, glad I was able to help!

  32. Rod from Oz September 19, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    Hey Kevin, great article mate! I too had been stirring the thoughts of being in control of my life for a while after several years of a 9-5 desk job as an IT support guy for a global company down here in Sydney. I finally decided to quit my job a few weeks back and found other casual jobs which I can take or decline at my will. And as you mentioned in a reply above, I too sat down with myself and I and we went through the skillset that I possess and have gathered through the years and decided I can sell those skills to whomever wants to buy them, so I set up my own little freelance IT services, plus a couple of other casual shifts as I mentioned before.
    It IS DOABLE, of course some people will have to plan better than other and requires a good pair of balls but it’s the best thing you can do. In my particular case I’m lucky in the sense that I don’t have major bills or mortgage nor kids and I don;t really spend much money on conveniences so I don’t require a big paycheck to keep me going.
    For those who have accumulated debt, etc, save up as much as you can for a few months before you take the plunge and don’t take any holidays so you can get that pay too to help you out the first few months.
    Now, if you really enjoy the comfort and stability of a corporate deskbound job, by all means stick to it. But be honest to yourself and ask yourself the questions.
    It’s a short life and the only one we have so better live it as freely as possible. You’ll be grateful and healthier too for having done it.
    Good luck y’all

    • kevin September 21, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      Hi Rod,

      glad to hear you’ve successfully made the switch to running your own business. I find the greatest thing about it is the feeling that you are really alive and going somewhere. It’s about taking control of your own destiny.

      Some people it’s true don’t want to have control of their destiny, it’s too scary for them. But for those of us who want more from life, becoming an entrepreneur and launching your own business is the best choice.

      I think a lot more people could break out and make the switch to entrepreneurship if they had more encouragement. It just takes a little self-assurance and self-confidence.

      Good luck Rod and all the best!

  33. Emmy April 29, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

    I used to be an independent contractor. I was a hairstylist with a great following. I rented a booth, made my hours, worked, collected cash, paid my bills, took care of the children and that was that. We had lots of fun at the shop. Went to lunch, cracked jokes, were able to move around etc. Then, I got fancy and decided to go and get an “education” like everyone else. I went to school to become an architect, got a 4.0 CGPA, won numerous awards and was recruited as an intern by a big name brand firm.

    Almost immediately, I was told I was “falling behind” and “not keeping up.” I was perplexed as I was given very little instruction and little to do but menial tasks (such as “rotating” thousands of jpgs) and tasks with few parameters. I fought the firm back when they tried to can me. They backed off and put me on probation. This was followed up with much more difficult tasks with very few parameters. Funny thing is, I aced the tasks and asked for more! I did things and self-learned things my bosses could not do. They were dumbfounded, offered very little praise, though clients praised my work which was anonymous to the client. In the end, I was fired despite the good work. Before I was fired however, one of the (almost incompetent) bosses mistakenly circulated the fees per position the firm was taking in. I was floored that for my INTERN position in which they claimed I was failing, they were charging $75/hour–almost $50 more/hour than I was paid (not counting all the free overtime I was forced to do. I also saw invoices where they were charging professional level prices for my (the incompetent intern) work! THEN, they fired me saying I was still doing very poorly despite the rave client reviews and the good work, great effort, and outside the box thinking which included begging to perform work and show my skill on other projects.

    They called me in to can me. It was too late though. I had already printed (after I closed my mouth from its agape position) the firm fees document and the seed had been planted. Soon thereafter, someone asked me if I would do some consulting for their project. I took a chance and quoted them $75/hour. They said yes without question! Now it was not full time work but just the idea that I ended up finding out what I was worth without the corporation “massa” overseeing my every move and determining my worth was worth the entire experience. At this point, I am further developing my skill in my home office and I am full time launching my own firm. It goes live in two months. But since then, I have gotten other freelance jobs. I am so glad for the incompetence of my then boss because I was able to see thru the corporate myth very quickly. I had only been there a year.

  34. Josh Holtz August 20, 2015 at 2:45 am #

    I like the information here, it definitely helps some. I loved many of the comments as well. It is amazing what a little initiative and facing the huge fear of not having a reliable paycheck can bring. We only live once, and I decided I am going to live my life my way. On top of that, I am going to do it by helping others live their life their way. I am a franchise consultant, I work with those who don’t have a great business idea, but can follow a business model and can make themselves accountable. If anyone is in that position and looking for some help, check out my website and see if it is right for you.

    • Kevin August 20, 2015 at 9:26 am #

      Good for you Josh. I wish you great success!


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