4 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job & Pursue Your Passion
Do you dread going into work? Do you find yourself venting too much about your job? Do you feel as if your job is taking a toll on your health? Then trust me, you are not alone. In these most recent times, the topic “should I quit my job” comes up quite often when chatting with friends. More interestingly, those same people are also working towards something they are passionate about and venturing into new career paths or new business ideas, myself included! The issue we found ourselves in though, was not knowing the signs that it was time to quit & follow our passion. Whatever situation you may find yourself in, my hope is to relieve some of the guilt and doubt and provide you with some insight on spotting some of those red flags.
But, before I begin I want to let you all in on a little secret. I quit my job from a tax and accounting firm back in May 2019 and have been unemployed until just recently. My ultimate goal was to remain employed as I worked on ‘Get Inspo,’ but unfortunately the job wasn’t what I signed up for, and as the saying goes; everything happens for a reason. However, having a passion has given me the push I need to pursue my dreams and goals.
Down below are the four signs my friends and I have put together.
(1) There is no room for growth: I’ve always told myself, “If you are not learning, you are not growing, and if you are not growing, then you are not advancing.” You should ask yourself questions such as: "am I being challenged?" or "am I motivated?" If not, maybe the line of work doesn’t interest you anymore, or you are maxed-out. If this does apply to you, this could be a sign to find a different path because you should always love what you're doing.
(2) You are undervalued: When I asked a few friends what pushed them to leave or want to leave their job; this was a common reason. I will use my good ol relationship analogy. If you are in a relationship or have ever been in one, you know how important it is to value your partner, (as you should your boss or management) and it is equally as important that you are valued by your partner (as you should by your boss or management). If you have openly discussed in your relationship that you don’t feel valued and nothing’s changed, maybe it’s a sign to reevaluate your relationship. The same thing applies to your job. #seeya!
(3) You constantly have anxiety: Anxiety is real and is no joke. If you are reading this, I know you are a badass individual and are strong. But if you have a demented boss, drama coworkers, or deal with unbearable customers that cause you anxiety, just know that we’ve all experienced this; which gave us more of a reason to follow our passion. Sometimes some of these things don’t change, but at least when you are doing what you love, it will make it worth it.
(4) You find yourself getting sucked into office politics: There are many ways to battle office politics; however, as someone who's generally positive, I will regretfully say I’ve even indulged in a little drama. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good of a person you are - office politics exist and can be dangerous. Some coworkers will throw shade, some will throw you under the bus to save themselves, or some may lie to get ahead. If you find yourself tangled in this, it’s unhealthy and can stunt your growth in the company. I’ve seen it happen many times. Chances are the jobs with that problem isn’t your dream job anyway, so find something that suits you!
Please don’t take this blog as me suggesting that you go and quit tomorrow without a backup plan! If you are thinking about quitting your job, the backup plan should be something you are passionate about, not just another job that will put you in the same situation. Use your upcoming weekend to plan carefully. Things you can do to help you decide what your next steps are:
- Create a vision board by yourself or with a few friends
- Talk with those closest to you to help you make a decision
- Reach out to people who have the same passion as you
- Draw out a road map
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