when to be a quitter

Posted on June 6, 2007


I can quit any time I wantThe PositiveSharing blog has an interesting post on knowing when to quit your job.

Actually, this has a much wider applicability; you can use these principles to decide when it’s high time to quit just about any situation that you find yourself in at least partly voluntarily, even unemployment.

The ultimate question is: how is that working for you?

Here’s a snippet from the article:

…when in doubt, most of us stay on in bad jobs. Perhaps longer than is good for us.

We’ve been told that quitting your job is bad because:

  • It makes you look less dependable to your next employer.
  • It costs you money.
  • It reduces your status.
  • Quitting means giving up – and that’s bad. You should stay and slog it out.

And this may all be true or not, but here’s a question you must also ask yourself: What will staying in a bad job cost you? Because make no mistake: A bad work situation can cost you your energy, motivation, self-worth and even your health. Worst case, it can kill you.

Worst of all, staying in a bad job where you repeatedly feel demeaned or useless robs you of precisely those things you need to move on and find a new job. To actually get up and go out and find new work or finding the courage to quit without having the next job lined up takes energy, motivation, passion and confidence.

Indeed. If you’re already past that point, it’ll take you that much more effort to pick up and move on, but you have to find it in yourself somehow. I recommend clicking over and reading the entire piece, but here are his final tips:

  1. Give up the idea that you can know for sure whether or not it’s time to quit. It’s always going to be a leap.
  2. Listen to your intuition. Your gut may know before your mind.
  3. Remember what quitting can cost you – but also remember what staying in a bad job can cost you!
  4. Remember that the longer you stay in a bad job, the harder it gets to leave.
  5. Most people stay too long in bad jobs – mostly because they fear the uncertainty that comes with quitting.
  6. Most people, once they’ve quit, find that their situation improves. Maybe not immediately, but certainly after a few months.

And as I said, this goes for any situation, not just employment. Relationships, unemployment, bad habits, inappropriate schooling (especially trying to live out your parent’s dreams for them), there are any number of life choices this sensible advice can be applied to. What would change in your life if you knew how to quit a bad situation easier and faster?

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