Quitting jobs is never easy, but, sometimes, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. And, because there’s a good chance that we’ve all decided to leave a gig once before, we can probably all relate with the incredible feeling it brings once we finally say farewell to those suckers who are left in the office.
Of course, within a few days of quitting jobs — somewhere between binge-watching Netflix shows and eating cold pizza — the reality sets in that, shit, you have no income, and now you might be regretting the decision to leave. If that’s you, it shouldn’t be, because quitting a job and taking a chance on yourself should be the most empowering thing you can do.
Just like that scene in the movie Jerry Maguire, quitting jobs will leave plenty of people shocked. That’s because most people like, scratch that, need the security of a paycheck every few weeks. They’re willing to sacrifice their free time in order to chase the dollar. They’re willing to be unhappy at work and play the corporate bullshit for job security. They’re afraid of taking risks and gambling on themselves in order to find the ultimate happiness.
Even if you’re not a hopeful entrepreneur, quitting jobs in order to recharge your mind and really think about what you’re passionate about can be rejuvenating. It can bring you new ideas and save you from burnout. And, while it’s scary AF to even think about, here’s why leaving your 9-to-5 job can be the best decision you ever make.
Quitting Jobs Requires You To Focus On What You Really Want In A Career
If you could sit down and focus on the “dream job” you’ve always wanted, what would it be? There’s a good chance you haven’t had time to really answer that question if you’re working nonstop, right? Sure, hopefully you care about the job you currently have, but there are a lot of people who work only for the paycheck.
When quitting jobs, though, it gives a person time to decompress and focus on the most important things in their life. They reprioritize and often refine the skills their most interested in. From those experiences comes answers, and, thus, can lead to what might be next in your career path.
You’ll Build New Relationships From Networking
It’s so important to network and build relationships in this day and age. Between all the resources at our disposal like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc., if you’re not already engaging with other people, you’re literally not trying hard enough. And, when you decide to leave a gig, you should be interacting with people even more than when you were stuck at your full-time job.
No matter what your reason was for quitting jobs, when you put forth just a little bit of effort in leveraging good relationships, you may end up falling into a dream opportunity. Plus, with more free time on your hands now, you can take part in things like volunteer opportunities, putting you in places where you’ll interact with other passionate folks who could bring an awesome new job to you. Bottom line: Talk to people with passion, empathy and engagement and you’ll see amazing results.
You May Finally Start That Company You Want To After Quitting Jobs
For all the entrepreneurs out there, this one’s for you; because quitting jobs can lead to finally starting the company you’ve been talking about with friends and family for the past few years. Just reading that should make you excited about the possibilities.
You my have little to no money saved up. You may have no idea where to even start with this company. You might have nothing more than an idea — but you’ve got an idea, and that should be enough to go with if you’re passionate about it.
Because Your Job Shouldn’t (Nor Doesn’t) Define Who You Are
You can work 50+ hours or more at a job and still never truly feel satisfied. How sad and depressing is that?
We’ve all been at a company that asks way too much of us, leaving us feeling burnt out and anxious, wondering if we’re doing enough or just barely meeting expectations. That’s not fair to you, and it can cost you a lot of personal relationships because you’re always wrapped up in work.
We all take pride in our work and our careers, but remember that your job doesn’t define you, so, whether you decide to quit a job and do something totally different or not, you need to do what’s best for you. It isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.
Quitting Jobs Gives You Control
You probably already know this, but, at work, you’re replaceable. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s true. Just when you thought you’ve been a first-class employee and you’re working as hard and efficiently as possible, your boss slams the hammer down and fires you and a few other colleagues. Why? Well, there could be any variety of reasons.
What quitting a job does is give you back the control. It puts you in the drivers seat to say, “I’m no longer at the mercy of someone else’s decision.” That’s a bold way to think, but, hey, to get what you want in life, you need to think a lot differently.
Now, don’t take this advice as a reason to walk into the office tomorrow and tell your boss to F off, slamming your laptop on his or her desk and storming out, but do take it as an opportunity to really evaluate what you want in life. Whether that’s starting a new business, simply giving yourself some time away from the daily grind, or working some side hustles for a little income as you at least draft a business plan for a new idea, quitting jobs can be something that you actually celebrate more than you regret.