A large percentage of Americans — maybe the majority — are unhappy with their job. However, a new study says that while unemployment is at an all-time low, job searches now last five months on average. The decision to quit is not an easy one — and it is a big During the summer, I wrote about quitting a brand new, $100k+ job after just a single day on the job. There was a bit of a viral effect with this story. The CBS Sunday Morning program picked up on the story. Nowadays, I hear from almost everyone who wants to quit almost every day. It doesn’t mean that everyone should follow my lead just because I once quit quickly. As a matter of fact, if you do find yourself in that situation, there are at least five questions you need to answer before quitting. If you answer yes to many of them, you’ll be confident that you were the right
1. Is the feeling familiar?
Would you say you’re going through a bad spell at the moment? Is this the tenth Monday in a row that you woke up at home and dreaded having to go Would you say that you often wish you didn’t have to work, if you had to put a time frame on it? All of us have bad days from time to time. People who reach 40 years of age are entitled to about 8,800 working days per year. If you’re consistently unhappy at your job, it doesn’t take long for it to begin to color your entire career — for a few months, maybe a couple of years. As bad days become the norm, it’s time to be honest with yourself and decide where you want to go.
2. Would you hate your boss’s job even more?
The boss I once worked for flat out told me that I would never want to work for him. Despite the fact that it led me to an important insight, this was a pretty foolish move by me. (Read about that here.) Ask yourself this Do you want the job your boss has? Would you accept it if offered tomorrow? Will you make the decision other than the bump in salary you are sure you will receive? If you don’t see the job of your boss as something to aim for, you’re already almost certainly headed for failure at your current position, as Daniel Gulati writes. It is because your peers — the people who have a passion for their work and who are actually hopeful for promotions — will be more motivated than you. In the end, you will only wind up unsatisfied with your current job the more people move past you.
3. Does your job negatively affect your life?
Life is not all about work. Among the things to ask yourself here — and to be honest with yourself — are things like Is this position having a negative impact on What do you mean by that? Do I have to endure this and is it impacting my relationships with those Is it more important to me to have a job or to have good What are the things in it that prevent me from achieving what I want in life? Are there parts of it that contradict my core beliefs or values? Are they as important to me as I’d like to think, or do they not matter to me as much as I would like to Although you may be able to take action short of quitting that would remedy some of these problems, if you find yourself answering yes to this question, along with others on the list, it might be time to put your life on hold.
4. Are you stagnating?
In almost all the books or interviews I’ve read about or interviewed successful people, they have always given this key piece of advice Never stop Being that we spend most of our waking hours at work, it stands to reason that this is an important question to consider. According to a British study based on the lives of 600,000 individuals, “lifelong learning” constitutes one of seven factors that make a person live longer. Identify the lessons you’ve learned and the ways in which you’ve grown in this career. Can you find a few examples to illustrate your point? Do you always mess things up? (Flipside Do you always mess things up? You would rather not spend your time learning or developing skills you don’t value?) If you are putting in hours, trading your time for money, and helping someone else build their wealth while you are not growing, learning, and gaining things you value, give yourself permission to consider
5. Does your gut tell you it’s time to quit?
Making the decision to quit a job is often a big one. The decision to make a big one is by definition different from the decision to make a smaller one. Considering these four tips from a Nobel prize-winning economist can help you make better decisions Professors Dan Lovallo and Olivier Sibony advocated a protocol known as the Mediating Assessment Protocol (MAP), which was devised by Daniel Kahneman (the Nobel Prize winner in economics). A fascinating element of MAP is its ability to address complex problems by breaking them down into smaller questions and using objective data whenever A significant benefit of answering these questions individually is that your answers won’t be subconsciously influenced by your answers to It is intuition, however, that represents the final stage in their process. Unlike robots, we are not machines. Throughout the day, we are continually suckered in and synthesized by the external world. While it is possible to interpret things incorrectly, we should be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that we can gain wisdom from our gut feelings. Thus, when all is said and done You feel a burning desire to quit, doesn’t it? The questions above – and perhaps others like them, of course – should have guided your thinking. In the event that you are thinking about other key factors and your job is different from others, then your intuition is likely to be sound.
Bonus: Do you have a plan?
Up until this point, everything we’ve said has been about whether or not There’s no need to worry about whether or not to quit now. Although it may seem disappointing at the time, it is only temporary. If you aren’t sure what Tuesday would look like if you gave up on Monday, take heart. Maybe the money is all you need It may be possible to freelance tomorrow, but you don’t know what you would do in terms of health insurance or other benefits. Suppose you hadn’t gone the extra mile to meet a particular milestone. You may be concerned about what your record would look like if you didn’t. I guess that’s okay. In reality, what you’re trying to decide here is whether or not you want You can stick it out for another three or six months after you’ve made that decision — whatever you need, if you like — in order to formulate a plan that works for you. There could be something to be done about a job search, or you could begin to lay the groundwork for a side hustle that might become more lucrative, or you could find ways to cut spending and build up your savings. In addition to the different factors, there are a number of different Keep an eye on them, but don’t let them get to you. It’s not just about the money, there are many reasons why people stick around at jobs that aren’t a good fit for them. That might well have led you to conclude you weren’t going to be the one. The moment you decide — in the sense that you decide really, even if you don’t tell anyone yet — you’re suddenly much more powerful. That can make however many more Mondays you have to endure a heck of a lot more bearable.