“Like creating a masterpiece, quitting is an art: you have to decide what to keep within the frame and what to keep out.” ― Richie Norton
Let’s face it, most of us will quit something at some point in our lives. It might be a bad habit, a relationship or a job that no longer makes us happy or feel fulfilled. Unfortunately, what most of us don’t think about is how much time we waste on convincing ourselves to make the decision we know we need to make out of guilt, fear, and uncertainty.
So, if you’re wasting another minute talking yourself out of leaving a job that no longer makes you happy because you feel like you’d be letting down your boss or team…trust me when I say that quitting will be one of the best moves you’ll ever make.
How can I be so sure? Because I’ve been there. I once worked for a company where the culture was so toxic and the opportunities for me to grow were so slim that I left the company to pursue other opportunities after just 6 months. And the best part is I never once looked back.
Not only did quit a job I didn’t love lead me to bigger and better opportunities, but it also taught me two important lessons along the way. The first lesson I learned was to always outline what I need to learn for me to consider my future role a success. The second lesson is to not waste another second in a role or company that no longer feels like my first choice. In other words, if you love the people you work with, but there are no opportunities for you to grow, it’s probably time to go. Or if you love the work, but the culture is toxic…it’s also probably time to go.
And if you still need a little more convincing on why you should quit a job you don’t love, here are my top 3 reasons:
1. You’ll grow exponentially – nobody wants a stagnant career without growth or learning opportunities. So, if the company you work for isn’t able to offer that up, you have every right to give the gift of growth to yourself by seeking out bigger and greater opportunities elsewhere.
2. You’ll be doing your employer a favor – I know it sounds a bit harsh, but if you aren’t happy or engaged at work, you’re not only doing a disservice to yourself but also your team and boss by disrespecting their time, energy and money.
3. You’ll be more fulfilled and productive working a job you love – who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too. So, find a job you love and you’ll notice just how quickly your overall productivity and happiness shifts when you love the work you do.
Ready to make one of the best moves of your career? Then quitting your job might just be one of the best things you can do.