Is it Time to Quit Your Job?

The Chief Happiness Officer has a good post today on knowing when it is time to quit your job.

If you are unhappy in your job, go read it. No really, stop reading this and go read it. OK, since you are still reading this, I’ll give the upshot of his article, but really the whole thing is worth reading.

  • 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.
  • Listen to your intuition. Your gut may know before your mind.
  • Remember what quitting can cost you – but also remember what staying in a bad job can cost you!
  • Remember that the longer you stay in a bad job, the harder it gets to leave.
  • Most people stay too long in bad jobs – mostly because they fear the uncertainty that comes with quitting.
  • Most people, once they’ve quit, find that their situation improves. Maybe not immediately, but certainly after a few months.
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  1. Hillary Johnson
    Posted June 6, 2007 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s also possible to stay in a good job for too long. What I mean is that, it’s sometimes hard to trade security and comfort level in for risk and the potential for growth. A good job can keep you from starting your own company, for example. Or from finding your calling, even if it’s another job. I knew a woman once who had a career filled with security and contentment, and didn’t discover a true passion–a calling–until she started taking classes in her retirement, when she discovered she was really born to be a copy editor. She came out of retirement and now works for a newspaper.

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