Quitting Your Job: Fine or Not

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Quit, such a strong word it is. People often associate it to be a negative term or your inability to pursue something. Let’s understand the meaning of this word and see how it fits into our real life situations. 

Nobody minds if you quit a bad habit or pull back from a decision. However, people tend to judge you if you have quit a difficult course or if you quit a job that pays you really well and so on. Hence, quitting something is a very personal decision. Even though it might have many factors around it, it still remains an individualistic decision to do so. 

But, how do you know the right time to quit or the right way to quit something? These factors are vital when you are planning to withdraw. Below are a few situational factors that you should observe and it will help you make a decision. 

When should you quit a job?

  • When it bothers you!

We are all humans and if we have been doing something that we are not very fond of for a very long time, then it will start to affect you. For instance let’s assume that you have been pursuing a job role that is the opposite of what you’d want to do. After a considerable amount it is sure to impact you negatively, what would you do next? Will still continue causing yourself discomfort and pain. No, right? It is time to quit then, time to change and time to set things right. Yes. people are going to judge. But, why will it matter if you are happy with yourself, always remember keeping yourself happy will keep people around you happy and content. 

  • When you have found your next destination and passion. 

Many of us take time to find our true passion that gives us the gratification we all seek and until we reach there we take up jobs that help us sail through. But, the moment you feel like you have found that passion, that calling, you shouldn’t spend anymore time doing your current job. Instead, quit it and take time to pursue that passion and you know success will never leave your doorstep. Here, quitting does the right thing. 

  • For circumstances and situations

We all are under the impression that we alone decide what our life is going to be like. But sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances that occur and they seek you to take drastic decisions. For instance your growing family might require you to take a job that pays you more or the sudden fall of your current company might push you to take up another job. Quitting in these scenarios becomes inevitable. Hence, one shouldn’t think twice before taking actions that are in the interest of all. 

When should you not quit your job?

  • When you do not have a plan.

We should never make a decision in a hurry. A decision taken in haste has the potency to cause regret in the future. Hence, if you have decided that you would not want to continue with your current job, you do need to have a plan, your plan must encompass the arrangement of finances, your next job or next possible change in career, a list of reasons why your current job isn’t suitable. Writing all of this down will give you clarity. If you do not have your answers ready for the questions above, it doesn’t make sense to quit your job then. 

  • When your work is temporarily hectic.

Every job has its tough times, there are going to be tough days where you might find it difficult for you to cope up with the job. This doesn’t mean that you should leave your job. It only means that you should counsel yourself to work effectively for the time being. Yes, it is a completely different thing if the hectic situation persists and gives you stress. Hence, analyze your situation and work accordingly.

  • For personal relationships 

This is tricky and different for different people.  For example, making career choices based on friends or boyfriends or girlfriends is not viable. However, making a choice for your ailing parents makes sense. Hence, do not let relationships that do not seem very promising to you get you to take a decision as big as quitting a job.  Some abstract decisions can make it really difficult for you in the future.  So, let your decisions be pragmatic, dynamic and sensible and not emotional and sudden. 

Quitting your job should always feel like a progression and should never feel like an abstract decision taken without reasoning. It should be taken consciously after weighing the pros and cons of the decision. We spend most of our time in our entire lifetime working. It is essential that your heart is in the job and that you are able to throw yourself into it without any inhibitions and doubts. Your work is your purpose and passion. Hence, if at all you quit, it should be replaced with something better than what you have been doing so far. 

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