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It Felt Impossible to Leave a 'Dream Job' With Guaranteed Retirement and Lifetime Medical Plan. Then I Realized How Much I'd Regret Staying.

So I quit to start the auto shop I'd always wanted to run.

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This story appears in the July 2022 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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I used to have a "dream job." At least, that's how many people saw it. It was a highly desirable government position that included a guaranteed retirement and a lifetime medical plan. It was also nearly impossible to get fired.

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