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The Real, No B.S. Way to Quit Your Job and Work For Yourself

Anthony Moore
6 min readMay 31, 2021


After reading countless of those “How I Quit My Job and Traveled the World” articles…I realized something:

Most of them simply aren’t helpful.

Back when I worked 9–5 as a telemarketer, I wolfed those articles down. That was my ultimate dream — traveling the world just like those bloggers. I had a porcelain globe at my desk, and every day I’d pick it up between sales calls and imagine what life would be like as my own boss.

But…those articles never helped. They were usually clickbait, written by an affluent young person trying to sell me something. I discovered that most of those articles were empty-calorie success stories that didn’t teach you what you really need to know.

Now that I am living that life — traveling the world as a full-time writer/speaker/author with millions of readers — I realized how unhelpful most of those articles really are.

So why am I writing one? What makes this article different?

I’m not here to sell you anything. I’m not making empty promises about timelines, getting rich, or quitting your job. All these things are very hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

But it’s not impossible. I made it, and so can you — if you’re willing to pay the price.

Here’s the real, no B.S. way to quit your job and work for yourself.

Most People Can’t Stick With Hard, Unsexy Work

I didn’t quit my job in some sudden “burst of courage” or something. It wasn’t magical. It wasn’t like the movies. It was a slow, unsexy process involving discipline, focus, and consistency.

In 2016, I was sick of telemarketing. I was sick of the online, for-profit university scene. I wanted to be a writer, and travel the world like all those bloggers had read about.

But I had bills to pay. After 3 years, my blog still had virtually 0 readers. I was making no money from my writing. To quit my salaried, full-time desk job to “chase my dreams” as a writer would be ridiculous and foolhardy.

My wife and I — tired of our manipulative bosses, long commute, and desk job drudgery — made a plan. It would take…



Anthony Moore

Writer for CNBC, Business Insider, Fast Company, Thought Catalog, Yahoo! Finance, and you.