Well that foreman, he’s a regular dog
The line boss, he’s a fool
Got a brand new flattop haircut
Lord, he thinks he’s cool
One of these days I’m gonna’ blow my top
And that sucker, he’s gonna’ pay
Lord I can’t wait to see their faces
When I get the nerve to say
Take this job and shove it
I ain’t working here no more
My woman done left and took all the reasons
I was workin for
You better not try to stand in my way
‘Cause I’m walkin’ out the door
Take this job and shove it
I ain’t workin’ here no more
Ah, prose and poetry from one of country music’s legends, Johnny Paycheck.
Most people know resignation to be a somber affair where you submit a formal letter to your boss, stating the reason you’re leaving your job. The usual reason you are writing such a letter is that you’ve found somewhere else (hopefully better) to work. Those types of resignation letters need to be formal and professional, so as not to burn any bridges.
But what if you’re writing your last resignation letter.
A big motivator for people to become financially free is so that they can leave their job, for good. So that they can tell the boss to take this job and shove it, as Johnny Paycheck said. (If you want to know when you can leave your job for good, click here).
With that letter, you’re not worried about formalities. You’re not worried about burning bridges. You’re saying goodbye, adidos, sionara, until we meet again, which we won’t!
So, what might you write? Maybe one of these…
I have to go. My planet needs me.
This notice is to inform you that you have been terminated as my employer. Thank you.
The coffee pot, the copier and me.
One of these things will not be here in two weeks.
It’s Been Real.
Or maybe something like this…
As many of you probably know, today is my last day. But before I leave, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a great and distinct pleasure it has been to type “Today is my last day.”
For nearly as long as I’ve worked here, I’ve hoped that I might one day leave this company. And now that this dream has become a reality, please know that I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support. Words cannot express my gratitude for the words of gratitude you did not express.
I would especially like to thank all of my managers: in an age where miscommunication is all too common, you consistently impressed and inspired me with the sheer magnitude of your misinformation. It takes a strong man to admit his mistake – it takes a stronger man to attribute his mistake to me.
Over the past three years, you have taught me more than I could ever ask for and, in most cases, ever did ask for. I have been fortunate enough to work with some absolutely interchangeable supervisors on a wide variety of seemingly identical projects – an invaluable lesson in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium.
Your demands were high and your patience short, but I take great solace knowing that my work was, as stated on my annual review, “mostly satisfactory.” That is the type of praise that sends a man home happy after even a 10 hour day, smiling his way through half a bottle of mostly satisfactory scotch.
And to most of my peers: even though we barely acknowledged each other within these office walls, I hope that in the future, should we pass on the street, you will regard me the same way as I regard you: sans eye contact.
But to those few souls with whom I’ve actually interacted, here are my personalized notes of farewell:
To Rudy: I will always remember sharing lunch with you, despite having clearly labeled it with my name.
To Steven: I will miss detecting your flatulence as much as you will clearly miss walking past my cubicle to deliver it.
To Eileen: Best wishes on your ongoing campaign to popularize these “email forwards.” I sincerely hope you receive that weekend full of good luck, that hug from an old friend, and that baby for your dusty womb.
To Felix: I left a new wristwatch on your desk. It is so that you might be able to still tell time even without your hourly phone call to let me know the copier is jammed. (Call Steven – he’ll come by.)
So, in parting, if I could pass on any word of advice to the individual who will soon be filling my position, it would be to cherish this experience like a sponge and soak it up, because a job opportunity like this comes along only once in a lifetime.
Meaning: if I had to work here again in this lifetime, I would sooner kill myself.
Very truly yours,
Obviously this is lighthearted essay today, but there is some seriousness to the subject matter. We never experience what we don’t first conceive in our mind. Have you thought about the day you’re going to quit your job for good? What it will it be like? Are you ready to do it?
Visualize yourself becoming wealthy. Visualize the day that you start living live on your terms. Visualize the day you finally quit that stupid job and become free!
Be free. Nothing else is worth it.
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P.S.S. What’s this got to do with you? If you don’t take action, absolutely nothing. But remember this – most people fail to achieve what they want in life simply because they never start. If you’re ready to escape the rat race and live life on your terms, don’t wait. Start today.
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