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Recently I did something that was really scary….I quit my job. I’ve been a tax professional for 4 years and I absolutely love it. So why did I quit if I love my job?
Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you, whether you actually want to or not. I don’t consider myself a quitter, and I don’t give up on things easily.
And while I’m a very competitive person in general, sometimes that can turn into a bad deal since I won’t give up on something even if I should. Here’s a few signs it’s time to quit and move on.
1. You’re losing the passion
I love to work, and most of the time I do it because I enjoy it. Of course the money helps pay the bills, but that isn’t my driving force to succeed. Once the job gets to the place where people take advantage of you, it begins to erode your soul.
You start losing your passion and the love for what you do gets drowned out by working overtime for free, or stay late into the night for no extra pay. This is when it’s time to look for something else.
2. There’s no progression or learning
If business is slow, you aren’t learning anything new or if there’s just no promotions available, it’s time to reconsider your options. A job should always make you want to be better and do better.
If you aren’t progressing and feel like a hamster on a wheel, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by staying. You can prepare yourself and avoid any controversy all together.
3. Promotion comes by default
If you’re a really diligent and hard worker you probably do a little bit of everything for the company. A good employee will see a job that needs to be done, and start working on it.
Then, as time goes on you get more and more responsibility and next thing you know, you’re the assistant manager, with an extra key but nothings been made official.
Basically you’re getting the only person willing to do the job with more responsibilities, the same benefits but the same pay.
4. The job affects your health
Being a dependable and diligent employee is important, but once it starts affecting your health it’s time to step back and re-prioritize your life.
A job is a large part of our lives, and if most of that time is spent unhappy, overly stressed or continuously working, we are not leading a balanced life. In the end it’s just not worth it.
5. You can’t say NO
I started noticing I couldn’t say no when I had no social life. My apartment manager couldn’t even get a hold of me during the day to give me my mail.
I was working 14 hour week days, all day on weekends and even Sundays. You can make really good money working all the time, but then you never get the opportunity to spend it, or to have fun with friends and family.
Money isn’t everything. Learn to say NO!
6. You have more than one job
Once the economy collapsed, everyone started finding out, that having more than one job is a really smart move. But once you have several jobs, hobbies and other activities that need your attention, it’s time to scale back a little.
You want your life and finances to be secure, but you can’t spread yourself too thin either. This is when everything starts to suffer, and then you become equally bad at everything.
Why quitting is the right decision
It was really difficult for me to quit my job because I really loved it. The people that I worked with everyday weren’t just co-workers, they were friends. But I figured that if these people are really my friends, we will stay in contact with each other no matter what.
Sometimes it’s frightening to quit a steady job, and it takes a lot of courage to do the right thing. But with anything in life like a job or career change, it can teach you some great lessons and help you discover things about yourself that you never knew.
New paths can only be formed from doing something that’s unfamiliar. Sometimes quitting is the right answer.