So, if you’ve been thinking about quitting your job, or, you currently are thinking about it and yet you haven’t pulled the trigger, I want to help you through that thought process.
Quitting your job is not something that should be taken lightly. Trust me, when I say, I know what it feels like to want to quit your job. I know how sometimes, so desperate you are to get out of where you’re at that you would be willing to say right then and there to your boss, “Listen, I just want to give my notice.”
I know what that feels like, I know from firsthand experience. Not a lot of people think it through the way that they should. Quitting your job is a big deal.
Because what can happen to a lot of people is they end up following the idea that they should just quit and they take a job that’s similar to what they had, and then, they end up being unhappy again!
And then they repeat that process, they quit again, and they take another job. And those people, I call… “Jumpers.” You know, they jump, like a frog, from job to job, to job.
As much as in today’s day and age people don’t stay at companies for ten years at a time or for the rest of their lives, At the same time, if you’re leaving your job on a yearly basis, it says something, on your resume, it says something about your character. And, unfortunately, it’s not very positive.
It says that this person doesn’t know what they really want. This person doesn’t think through their decisions as to where they work. You know it can say a lot of things. And of course, of course, there are exceptions.
This doesn’t necessarily apply to everybody, but, if you consciously quit a job and you take another job and then you consciously quit that after a year and you take another job and you consciously quit that that does say something about your character.
That’s why the idea of quitting your job should not be taken lightly because it does impact your future career.
So, I want to help you through this thought process. So if you’re thinking about quitting your job and you’re telling yourself you want to leave, then, you have to ask yourself, one major question. And that is,
“Why I want to quit?”
“Why do I want to leave?”
“What’s the reason I want to get the hell out of here so badly?”
And generally, your answer is going to fall into one of two buckets.
So the first bucket could be, “I want to quit my job because the work is too stressful, the hours are horrible, my boss is annoying, my coworkers are annoying, I’m getting super frustrated, I’m not being challenged enough, And I don’t know, I just don’t feel like it fits for me anymore.” So that could be, Bucket A.
Or, your answer could be in Bucket B, from Bucket B. Which is, “I’m quitting my job because I know exactly what it is that I’m ready to do. I’ve learned a lot from this role and I’m now ready to take on a new challenge and new opportunity. And a new opportunity has presented itself to me,
Or, I’m going to create my own new opportunity and this is something that I’m going after.” “And really become more of the best version of myself.”
Do you see the difference?
Bucket A is all about negative kinds of feelings. Frustration, stress, negativity, unhappiness.
And then Bucket B is all about, excitement, about the future, and planning, and visioning and knowing what it is that you’re really going after.
So, if I really asked you right now, why do you want to quit your job? Would you be able to tell me, what the reasons are?
I mean, if I just gave you, you know, Bucket A and Bucket B and you had to pick, where would you pick your answer from?
The thing is, if you only rely on the negative reasons, as to why you want to leave your job, then, it equates it to ‘running away’. You’re really just running away from pain, you’re running away from a bad boss, you’re running away from frustration.
If you run, you’re going to end up running into the arms of the same type of situation. The thing about being in a job that you’re no longer enjoying, you have to look at what’s the lesson underneath this? What is there for me to learn about myself?
Then, what you would do is you’d move over to Bucket B. If this is what I don’t want, then what do I want? And then you start building that. You start thinking, “Okay, what kinds of opportunities would I want, in terms of what would make me feel most challenged?”
“And what would make me feel happier?”
“And what would make me be the best version of myself?”
That could be just taking another job that is a slightly different role from what you had so it’s something new and that’s something different and it might be a little bit more challenging. Or, it could be, you know if you hate working for someone else, then it’s time to start your own business.
But you have to think that all through before you quit. If people are job-hopping, what ends up happening is you feel relief after you’ve quit, you feel so happy you’re like “Yes! I’m out of there!”
And then, because you didn’t have a plan and you didn’t really ask yourself the hard questions before you left, and before when you had money coming in and now you have no money coming in. People start to panic. And then they start looking for anything.
They start looking for any job that they can get. And, 9 times out of 10, they end up with a job that was identical to the job they had before.
But on that note, staying at a job that you don’t enjoy is also not healthy. Because you’re stagnating, you’re unhappy, you know, you’re simply doing it for the paycheque. There is something else out there for you. But you have to start thinking about what that next thing is going to be.