February 21, 2001    





Would you quit your job to follow your dream?

I'd have to be financially stable first.

etoile, 20

Having financial security is important to my psyche, so it is unlikely I would drop everything to live out a dream without that. I would, however, quit my job, sell my place and move to almost anywhere should I meet the love of my life. Given my skill set, I believe I could make a living anywhere in the world.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

At this point in time ditching my present job--for any reason but utter necessity--would be unethical and immoral.

Jill, 60

Yeah, but not today.

Karen, 21

I would, and I did.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

I am trying to do that and have shortened my work week to be 4 days instead of 5. It has made a big mental shift for me and made me less bitter. I am moving to New york City in the fall with my husband.  Part of the dream. We may have some illusions of grandeur but are trying to be focused and realistic about our goals. We want to make our art and be able to make money at it. We recognize the compromises we have made and will continue to make. But we keep dreaming. If you don't follow your dreams, what then are you following?

Tina, 31
, MA   USA

If I new that my dream was a definate and I new that the dream just wasnt a spur of the moment thing and I could make a living doing it, I would.

Stephanie, 25

Yes I would if I felt that my dream had a good chance of becoming reality. My dream is to be doing freelance web design work from home. What I'd like to do is put up fliers in my favorite bars/venues, set up pages for small bands and businesses, and that way get into the good graces of said bands/businesses. You can't beat being on the guest list for the good shows and maybe a nice discount at the local record shop. That is my little scenester dream, my way of hanging out with the cool people without having to learn how to play an instrument. = ) Hey, it isn't the most glamorous dream, but it is my little fantasy nonetheless. To stop working for corporate america would be the best.

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

I would quit my job to follow my dream. The most important thing in life is happiness, not money!

Jason, 21
, NY   USA

I guess it depends on what your job is and the timing. Also, would it hurt anyone else? I'd normally quit my job in a HEARTBEAT but I couldn't now no matter how much I'd like to. Without my paycheck, we couldn't afford to pay the rent and we have a lease to honor. So I guess we'd be thrown out in the street. That wouldn't bother me but I have someone else to consider - my husband. HE wouldn't quit his job to follow a dream.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

ONly if my dream was realistic. In my case my future career will be my dream, so it'll all work out.

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA


Talia, 23
, CT   USA

Most definitely!!!

Eric, 18
Beverly Hills

Hopefully when I get a real career, I will be following my dream! But if not, I'd do it as long as it meant moving to LA and at least making enough money to eat decently and shop the Promenade..

Katie2, 18
, MI   USA

My job is my dream. I'm serving others through my work.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

HELL YES, and I am doing that in September.

Anjel, 19

I would hope that my filing skills become obsolete in five years, since I would certainly not shed a tear if I never had to file again. Probably, coloring will become obsolete in five years. On the plus side, I am able to stay within the lines as I color.

Bruno, 31
, CO   USA

I already did.

A-Dog, 18

if it presented itself at the right moment and my gut told me to do it...yeah

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

Only with an awful lot of money in the bank. When I was much younger, I took big risks. Not anymore. Reality sucks.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

Of course, I'm about to do that pretty soon. I'm working at a motel, but I'm gonna leave that job to work for a dog groomers. My dream is not to shampoo dogs, but I'm taking the job so I'll have some experience handling animals. I've done it all my life, but potential employers want to see it down on paper as a past job. I'm studying to be a veterinary technician, but I know I'm gonna have to start at the bottom. My dream is to have my own animal rights group, and eventually, I want to have my own kennel, and shelter. I would also like to work on a farm, but not an agricultural farm; an area that is dedicated to taking care of farm animals and horses that are disabled and/or no longer has a safe home. But, for now, I got to start somewhere.

Lisa J., 22

Absolutely. Anybody who has the chance of making their dream a reality should jump at the chance-what we want in life should take priority over the obligations we have stuck ourselves with.

Angela, 16
, SC   USA


Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

I wish I could follow my dreams, maybey at last I would sort of be happy. I haven't quite my job, yet, although there is still time....if I did, I would quite filing, move to Alaska with five dogs, write, read, and hang out in the snow. Obviously, I have not done that yet, but you never know.

Mick, 30
, IL   USA

funny timing on this one for me. . . .I have been mini-obsessing about this for the last five days or so, considering quitting Wal-Mart cold to kick my butt into looking for a job that is more along the lines of "my dreams". . .

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles

Currently, I am a student and only have a part time job. However, if I was currently teaching in a public school and unhappy with the direction my life was taking, I would quit and continue with a degree in psychology and history. I would eventually teach courses on our sexual past and how sex has currently changed and stayed the same within our culture.

Lisa J., 22

If I was financially stable I would. My dream is to play in a really heavy death metal band, something that would make Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel look like the Backstreet Boys. But obviously there isn't much of a market for that, so probably not.

Shanna, 15
Cardiff  ENGLAND

Only if that dream involved me getting paid pdq!!

Firelady. 23
, TX   USA

The Simpsons totally reek of awesomeness...that is the only 'must-see' TV for me...well, that and the WWF. Of course, I am not the huge fan of 'loony tunes' characterized that a guy at work is...he is, well, a trip...

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