If you’re an employee like me, then you must have those moments when you feel like quitting and just dropping your responsibilities at work. I do get these moments. I get them all the freakin’ time. I’ve been in this job for 4 years now and I swear I’ve been wanting to resign since 2015 due to personal reasons (which I will not cover in this post).
Although I am always tempted to quit my job, I fight the urge to do so because I know it is not the best thing to do at the moment. The following reasons help me counter the itch to quit my job.
- You got no source of income. No job means no salary. No salary means no food, no travels and no hobbies. So unless you have another job or your parents are willing to feed you the way you want to be fed, quitting your job is not the best option.
- You will have so much time to waste. You might have heard yourself mutter, “I want to control my time” or “This work consumes my life” at least 12 times in your entire career life. Don’t fret. Most employees feel the same. A 10.5-hour workday may seem exhausting but that same amount of time is excessively long when you got nothing to do. Fun fact: boredom is the number one cause of obesity. Lol. I just made that up.
- You can’t escape difficult people. If your workmates are the leading cause of your desire to quit, keep in mind that difficult people are everywhere. You can never escape them. When God created the world, he sprinkled a generous amount of difficult people on land to test humanity’s patience. They grew and multiplied a hundredfold.
- Entrepreneurship is not a walk in the park. Perhaps you want to quit your job to start a business because it looks glamorous and you believe that in entrepreneurship, you are your own boss. Well, let me tell you something. I teach Technology Entrepreneurship (part-time) and believe me when I say business is not all glitz and glam. You have to consider loads of things. Business = Risk. I have a friend who has a “Bigasan” (rice retailing business) and his response to my typical “you’re-so-amazing-you-have-a-business” remark was an eye-opener. He said employees are better because at the end of the day, they do not think about their job. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, think about their business 24/7. Hala bitaw noh?
- Bringing a brown envelop as you hunt for jobs is so unfashionable. You are lucky you’re employed. You can hate your job all you want but know that at least 10 people want it. In addition, carrying that brown envelop with your CV in it is the most unfashionable thing in this world.
There will be moments when you question yourself if the job you’re into is worth your sacrifices. If you think it’s no longer worth it, ask again. It’s a phase we go through over and over. Humans are not easily satisfied. We tend to want what we do not have. I am not telling you to stay and work until you’re 60. What I’m trying to tell here is it is not practical to quit your job when you have nothing planned ahead of you. You know yourself better. If you feel like it’s really time for you to go then there’s no stopping you.
As for my case, I’m stuck with my current job because I have not drafted my plans yet. I needed money to keep going and for some reason, my job is still giving me enthusiasm- not much but enough to keep me pushing. Once I’m prepared, I’ll be gone in no time. 🙂
Good night and see you on my next blogathon entry.