Would You Walk Away From Your Job for $100,000?

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Earlier this week, I posed the following question on twitter…


Within seconds, answers came flooding in. You can find them all individually by just searching on twitter, but, I thought it’d be valuable to aggregate and a share a sampling of replies here on the blog, too, because it really shows the diversity of mindset that’s out there today.

And, amazingly, a full 45% said…no, they’d walk away from the money. I sometimes wonder what that says about people on twitter (or who follow me) versus, those in the “general population.”

So, without further ado, here are the detailed replies from twitter…


And, now, my question to you is…what would you do and why?

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19 responses

19 responses to “Would You Walk Away From Your Job for $100,000?”

  1. Joely Black says:

    My old job – or my old business – yes, definitely. If my job is writing Amnar then unfortunately, no matter how much money they paid me, I’m not capable of getting it out of my head and into theirs. It’s kind of something only I can do.

  2. That amount won’t last long!!! so I would back to what I do & much more with millions

  3. Basically, that’s what I’m doing next week when I’m leaving my current job. My company said, in essence, “We’ll give you this wad of cash if you give us your valuable headcount back.” I took a weekend to consider, and then said “Yes.” I’m certain it was the right decision, but I’m sure I’ll have a moment or twenty of looking back over my shoulder.

  4. Libby Unwin says:

    Well, Twitter’s 140-character limit doesn’t leave much room for explanation. I’d like to do a mini-elaboration. I said “absolutely not” because for me, it would be impossible. Since I was a child, I’ve been doing things that spoke of what I would do professionally: drawing, coloring, cutting, pasting, arranging, designing. I don’t know how not to do it! So you could pay me the money, but my brain is wired to do exactly what I’m doing. And I love it!

  5. Lori Roets says:

    I’d like to make my writing and photography my primary career instead of my secondary career. I currently write two daily colums and regularly shoot photography to illustrate my columns. With a targeted growth plan, I ultimately want to transition from my current career to what I really love to do. It takes more than just wanting it.. You have to have concrete plans to get you from point A to point B with milestones all along the way.

  6. teksquisite says:

    It is simple really! I would move to Oregon immediately (strong network of family/friends) and immerse myself in internet security (supporting US goals to keep our country cyberspace safe), create a foundation titled Children 4Asafe Internet (for needy children who do not have internet access or a computer,) obviously I WOULD TWITTER MORE (in support of social media,) TRAVEL (I think travel is integral in order to expand belief systems) , and and do ALL wonderful the things I really want to do in life 🙂

  7. Chris says:

    I would take that in a heartbeat. The law is not for me, but leaving is proving harder than I could ever imagine.

  8. glenyse says:

    I would take that money and seriously throw myself into my business. I’d donate more on Kiva, more than I’ve ever donated before. I would take a year and go to all the business conferences, and fun conferences that I currently can’t afford to go to. I’d meet all of my ‘invisible mentors’, like , Naomi Dunford, Pam Slim, John Janstch and Dave Navarro. (Already working on that one). And I would continue to try to help other folks starting small businesses.

  9. Marja Ernst says:

    I would leave my job, but not my career. I am a musician, and I don’t even want to consider not being able to work with music in some way, shape, or form. I might leave my group, and go study elsewhere (though chances are somewhat slim), but I don’t want to leave the musical field, and wouldn’t for twice that amount.

  10. Sparky says:

    Yep, I’d take the money.I would devote my time to training people to become the best they can be at whatever it is they want to do.I have been in construction way to long and I am not getting any younger.The change would do this old body some good!


  11. David says:

    Yep. That would buy me about 1-1/2 years at my current salary to get my dreams moving into reality. I’d be scared as hell because I’ve been in the same career for 20 years, but that’s exactly why I’d go for it.

  12. CJ says:

    Great post! I am working toward the day when I wouldn’t take that offer.

  13. Zac says:

    Yeah, sure I’d take it. My job is fine – as far as regular jobs go – but it doesn’t really inspire any passion in me and given an opportunity to do something different would be exciting. So yeah, I would take the money with open hands and start searching for something new. As it stands now – without anyone actually offering me $100k – the goal is already there for me to leave my career behind by the end of this year (the sooner the better).

    Interesting question, I wish I could have answered with a resounding NO as some of your other readers have…

  14. My job is as a Yoga Teacher. No way in hell am I giving that up-

  15. That’s right, I said Hell Yes!

    I am young, no kids, no mortgage so at this stage in life I am able to change direction. I am trying to change direction as we speak, the job has been jettisoned, now I have just got to find that something that I can sink my teeth into. Sure I have back-ups in place (a very supporting fiancé and bridges that were never burned) but now is the time for me to find that next career.

    I understand that not everybody has a job that is a burden, why would you leave if you loved your job so much, no money in the world would move you. Even without a monetary incentive I am still looking for a new career, but $100k would be one awesome kick-start!

    A complete career change, and $100k to get you going? HELL YES!

  16. Niki says:

    $100k is definitely a lot of money. I would be able to use that to open up a business of my own. However, I would say NO to this one mainly because I’m in the career path that I want to be in. Even if I put up my own business, it’d still be something related to it. Nevertheless, if I find something else I’m more passionate about then maybe I could take that money. Can I pass GO and collect $200 instead? 🙂

  17. Dave says:

    I’d do it for free. If only I could someone to offer me the next job. Anyone?

  18. JR Moreau says:

    at this point in my life, I’d have to give an emphatic YES! I’d pay half of my student loans off and live off the other half for about a year and work launching my business in a big way.

  19. Brad says:

    $100k to leave a carreer and never come back is quite small in this economy. I am confident I can make that (after taxes) in three years at my current job, and I actually plan on leaving this carreer and furthering my education, and am working toward that goal. $200k after taxes and I would jump at it. My carreer can be bought, your offer is just not equal to the price.