Dead-End Job

If you feel like a zombie at work, you may be stuck in a dead-end job. But, don’t beat yourself up about it. This happens to motivated people all the time for many reasons. The important thing is to recognize the situation and get out — fast. Here’s how… 

How to Know You’re at a Dead-End Job

Strange as it sounds, you can like the people you work with or for and it can still be a dead-end job… 

In contrast, you can hate what you do and it is your ticket to greatness. (Believe it or not, I hated sales when I started out.) 

So, how do you know when you need to move on? It comes down to two things: 


Both are red flags that you may be at a dead-end job. Lack of either will lead to problems down the road.  

Here are a couple of examples of how this could present itself…

In the first scenario, you could like what you do and the company, but if… 

  • You are fulfilling multiple roles and not being compensated
  • The business is not profiting

You should move on. Because despite “being essential,” it’s not worth much being essential aboard a sinking ship. 

Situation number two is not so black and white as it takes really knowing yourself and seeing situations’ potential. 

However, a common example is where one “makes enough” but there is no growth beyond that role in the company. 

In short, you’re sustaining your lifestyle but there will never be more than average. 


For that reason, whichever these dead-end job situations you find yourself in, it’s time to get out…

What Giving Up Your Dead-End Job Can Get You

Yes, leaving somewhere familiar is scary. 

But if you are stagnant, the only direction you can go is up. The only way to get to the next level of success is to sacrifice something…

Let it be that dead-end job getting you nowhere. 

You’re spending 40-plus hours a week wasting your potential. 

Get out of there and go where you can be great.

— Grant Cardone

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Star of Discovery Channel’s “Undercover Billionaire,” Grant Cardone owns and operates seven privately held companies and a private equity real estate firm, Cardone Capital, with a multifamily portfolio of assets under management valued at over $4 billion. He is the Top Crowdfunder in the world, raising over $900 million in equity via social media. Known internationally as the leading expert on sales, marketing, and scaling businesses, Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 business books, including “The 10X Rule,” which led to Cardone establishing the 10X Global Movement and the 10X Growth Conference, now the largest business and entrepreneur conference in the world. The online business and sales educational platform he created, Cardone University, serves over 411,000 individuals and Forbes 100 corporate clients throughout the world. Voted the top Marketing Influencer to watch by Forbes, Cardone uses his massive 15 million plus following to give back via his Grant Cardone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring underserved, at-risk adolescents in financial literacy, especially those without father figures.