Before You Quit Your Job – Ask Yourself These 5 Things

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It’s no mystery that most people are unsatisfied in their jobs. Statistics show that more than 70% of the U.S. workforce is unhappy with their current jobs.

Why is this happening in this great and free country? Don’t we ALL have more resources and opportunity than any other place on Earth? If so, why are we all sitting around complaining about our miserable jobs? There are many answers to this question of course, but I think that the most pressing ones are:

• We have allowed ourselves to become dependent on easy money. What I mean by easy money is that our society tells us that it’s okay to push papers around our desks for 8 hours a day and collect a paycheck for it.

• We are becoming more aware by the day to the fact that there is unlimited opportunity to create the life we want and justly deserve. The “passion” movement, which states that we are able to earn a living following our passions and doing what we love is becoming a common theme. More and more people are starting to believe that there is more to life than wasting away in a job they hate.
One problem is that most of us are not rewarded for outstanding productivity, but rather on the hours we log. It’s a completely flawed system that breeds laziness, inaction, manipulation, and greed.
We are not taught to pursue our dreams but instead we are told that we need to be realistic. We are raised to follow a set of preordained guidelines that lead to a life of mediocraty, not excellence. It simply does not make any sense.
If you want to quit your job, and Lord knows most of us do, then you really need to ask yourself these questions. The key here is being honest with yourself. Failing to answer these questions completely honestly may result in putting yourself in a worse position.
Ask yourself these 5 questions:
1. Why do I want to quit? This sound simple, yet most of us don’t know the real reason why we feel the need to quit. Maybe we are just bored and the answer is working on a different project. Maybe we hate a specific coworker and if they left, we would be fine. And maybe we are just stuck in a rut and all we need is some valuable time away to clear our heads.
Most of you can make yourselves be happy at work by staying positive, doing a great job, and rising up the corporate ladder. But some of you can’t. Some of you know deep down that your job is wrong for you.
If the job is truly something that is wrong for you and/or goes against your morals, then you may have a valid reason. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for pursuing your passion in place of staying at a dreadfully boring job, but don’t jump ship at the first sign of discontentment.
2. What do I want to do instead? Do you want another job? Will you be happy doing something similar? Is your current field challenging and/or stimulating. Are you actually interested in your current line of work?
Do not make the mistake of quitting your job because you simply cannot handle it any longer only to find yourself scrambling to find any job because you’re running out of money. Chances are, you’ll end up right back where you started. The only difference will be that you now work for a new company and have to start at the bottom of the rung again.
3. Can I afford to quit? If you don’t have another job lined up, you better know for certain that you can manage to pay your bills if you cannot find another job right away. This is the biggest reason that people don’t quit-they’re scared to death that they won’t be able to pay their bills. And while this is a very valid concern, it’s also a trap that can keep you stuck in a lifelong grind of misery.

Quitting a job, especially one you’ve had for a long time, is extremely scary. If you are uncertain about your ability to cover your living expenses, you have two choices:

  1. Craft a detailed cash flow worksheet and find out exactly how much money you have versus how much money you will need to cover your expenses based on being without a job. The general rule of thumb is to have 3-6 months of cash reserves in place.
  2. Hustle your butt off. If you absolutely cannot stand one more second at your soul sucking job and feel as though you must quit, then be prepared to hustle like you’ve never hustled before.
    You will have to get creative with your finances for sure. Selling old stuff, doing odd jobs, creating a side business, and generally getting uncomfortable will all be part of the process if you choose option 2.

For many for you, the thought of all of that is too much to bear and will keep you in your jobs. For others, the risk of leaving a secure job in order to pursue something that means something to them will be tolerable and worth the risk.
4. Will I be happy working for someone else? Some of you are entrepreneurs trapped in a cubicle. Are you one of them? If so, you may never be happy working for the man. You need to be “the man”. Hopping from job to job thinking there’s something wrong with them is often the result of having the entrepreneurial mindset.
5. What don’t I like about my job? Write out a checklist of all the things you dislike about your current job. Is it the pay? Is it your arrogant boss? Is it the lack of flexibility? Make sure you know exactly what you don’t want in your next job and then spend as much time necessary finding a job that meets your criteria. Are you ever going to find the “perfect” job? Probably not, but you can find one that will keep you happy for a while.
And if you don’t go the job route, why not create a business that will allow you to enjoy the things you value most?
Taking the Plunge
There is no doubt about it that quitting your job is scary. The mere thought of it may have many of you shaking in your chairs. Much of the fear can be removed by answering the above questions and truly understanding what it is you want in a career and then carefully planning to go get it.

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Author: Steve Roy

Steve Roy is the owner of EndingTheGrind.com, a blog about escaping the daily grind of a 9 to 5 job, building an online business, and living your passions.You can also find him on Twitter at @EndGrind

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17 COMMENTS

  1. This is a great a very true article, at least here in Mexico. A thing that surprises to me is that the same ocurrs in U.S.A. I have had the privilege of working there and people who works for big companies looks like being satisfaid whith their jobs and also with their payment, byt now with these statistics I may see that is the same thing everywhere, but we need to remember that nobody knows what he have, until he see it lost.

  2. I almost do but when I think about passion, I know I couldn't find it anywhere except to where I am standing today. What is great opportunity when you're too busy even for a smile. There are countless things that money or the most high paying job can't bring. 🙂

  3. Hi Lopez,
    Interesting comment. It's very true that many Americans do not appreciate what they have and many spend their lives hopping from one job to another searching for happiness.

  4. Really interesting article…. The thing i just want to know about point 5, we can get or known about new company/Pay/Flexibility but how can we justify about the manager untill unless we join in the new company ?

  5. Just found a book yesterday, written by Robert Kiyosaki about things to consider before quitting your job. But did not bought it since I'm out of budget. Thanks for this article, at least, I would have an idea. 🙂

  6. Another thing to note that if you find yourself unable to quit your job right now, take the time to build your network. That would help you a lot once you decided to take the plunge.

  7. I handed my notice in last week and am now working my 3 months notice. The reasons you give make good sense and I've created a fund to keep me ticking over for a while. I've also got a long list of stuff a don't like about the job. But the bottom line is that I don't believe in what the company does enough to put the hard work in and endure the stress as well. It isn't me. And that I think is the main reason to quit your job – to do something that is more the real you. I'm off to cut my own path and if I have to dip back into the corporate world it's unlikely to be a long term deal. If there's a message I could give everyone, it is to get your finances into shape so that you can make some choices about what you really want to do.

  8. Great article Steve, a lot of insight into what people in general think about, just how many really work towards making that change.

  9. It's important to really know why you want to quit. Many times, it has nothing to do with the job itself, you are just unhappy with where you are in life/how your life turned out. I know I've quit jobs thinking it was the job and while the new job was exciting for a few months – mainly because it was something different – I quickly found myself in the same situation as before, unhappy. It wasn't until I was true to myself and figured out why I really was unhappy that I was able to make a real change in my life.

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