I like to tell my son that, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”
But, sometimes, the time is just right to quit a hated, dead-end job.
You know the type of job I’m talking about: You sit in your cubicle every day, counting down the minutes to 6 o’clock. There is nothing that would make you happier than walking into your boss’ office and telling him you quit. However, you can’t just pull the plug. You have bills to pay and a reputation on the line. But is it worth it at the expense of your happiness and your future?
Here are 5 reasons that it might be time to move on:
1) There Is No Room for Growth
You put everything you have into your job but yet you feel like you’re not learning anything new or going anywhere. It’s difficult to stay motivated when you feel like there is no room for growth. If you’ve put the time and effort into a job and haven’t gotten a well-deserved promotion or any kind of recognition, it may be time to move on.
2) Mondays Are the Worse Days of the Week
Sunday nights and Monday mornings are the worst because all you can think about it having to go to work. If you dread going back to the office so much that it gives you anxiety, it’s a sign that your job isn’t right for you. Believe it or not, there is a job out there somewhere that you will be happy in. Don’t settle for something that you hate.
Check out this video clip to see what I mean:
3) You Are Financially Stable
A lot of people stay in jobs they hate, even if they are financially stable, out of fear, particularly fear that they won’t find another job. If you are financially stable and have a sizeable emergency fund, take a risk. Change doesn’t come out of thin air. If the reward is worth the risk for you, take it.
4) You Work In a Toxic Environment
Does your boss belittle or chastise you? Are any of your company’s practices unethical? Is your health or personal well-being in danger by working at your company? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, you need to quit…now. Nothing, especially money, is worth your mental or physical health.
5) You Have Something Else Lined Up
This is the easiest reason you should quit a job you hate – you have another opportunity lined up. If you have another job lined up with a better title and a higher salary, you should seriously consider taking it. Of course, there are other things to consider, like company culture and benefits. However, if it feels right, then it’s right. Don’t worry about giving other people a hard time or what other people will think. You should make the right decision for you.
Quitting a job is not always the right answer. Many things can be fixed just by discussing it with your boss or spending a little more time in the position to get comfortable. However, if you really feel like your job isn’t right for you, it’s OK to quit. You shouldn’t spend your time being miserable doing something you hate. Your dream job is out there somewhere. It’s up to you to find it.
I urge you to read these books, which can help you put together a plan to transition out of your full-time, hated job into a career and lifestyle you love: