Have you ever felt like quitting? Imagined the freedom of packing up your things and walking out the door for the last time? It feels great right? But then reality sets in and you wonder about health insurance, your future and what the people who are counting on you would think. Fortunately I am a serial quitter and I am here with some advice.
I have quit a ton of “great” jobs. Some were good quits (though they all felt great at the time) and some were not. The bad ones were the jobs I quit because I was running FROM a crummy job. The good quits were the times I was running TO something better. Something that was more in line with who I really was. Something that lead me to becoming a better version of myself.
Imagine being discovered by Hollywood, at the age of 26. Your career then blazes through over 50 different films and you are chosen as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. Your wild and incredible success is the first thing that everyone points to when you completely re-route your life and follow your dream of changing the world for the better. People think you are crazy for turning away from a career that most could only wish for. But, as you may well know, that is exactly what our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, did.
Many will remember him for his landslide victory against President Carter in 1980. His survival of an assassination attempt on March 30th, 1981 is touted by the Secret Service still today. His voice is played over and over again saying, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” But the fact remains, that if Ronald Reagan had pursued only success, never forging ahead to the career that he was meant for, he wouldn’t have been at Brandenburg gate on June 12th, 1987 to say those inspiring words that influenced the fall of the Berlin Wall.
He would have been in Hollywood.
But he didn’t just leave Hollywood, he left Hollywood with a plan.
Instead of spending your precious time thinking about what it would be like to quit, imagine who you could become, and run as fast as you can to that. Forget about how great your job is and think about how great you could be
Would you like to have a plan for a better job?
The definition of a “great” job usually has little to do with compensation, benefits or security. Over the last decade we have watched those qualifiers implode. Instead a great job is one that provides for you and your dependents, while helping you become who you were meant to become.
In this great article Steve Marinconz explains the process of deciding to quit a job to go play video games. It’s a great article with great advice and a process that you can use to make sure that you are running to something great, not from something horrible.
If you can’t get imagine who you will be, where you will go or how you will get there then you don’t need to quit, you need a plan. You have already imagined walking out the door of the toxic workplace, but imagine how great it would feel to walk right into your home office or dream job.
That is worth dreaming about!
Better yet, that is worth doing!