As a brand new MBA graduate, this was the job that everyone wanted to have. It was the “in” job at the time. I was making good money and my parents were super happy. But after 8 months, I quit. People thought I was crazy and would continually ask me, “Why did you quit?” My reasons for quitting had nothing to do with becoming an entrepreneur. Regardless of whether I got another job or started my own business, my reasons for quitting would have been the same.
I’m not by any means telling people to quit their jobs (especially the great team at Ideal Candidate!) but here are my top 3 reasons for quitting.
“I really try to put myself in uncomfortable situations. Complacency is my enemy.” – Trent Reznor
I am going to say something weird to most people, but I actually don’t want to be comfortable. Getting by and being comfortable with an everyday job to me is boring and just not for me. If I’m comfortable, that means I’m not trying my hardest. It means I’m not worried about my decisions or the outcome of my work. What’s more exciting, driving your car in cruise control down a highway or manually shifting and racing around corners? Being comfortable is like being in cruise control. After 8 months at my job, I could see that a lot of people around me were on cruise control. I could see myself being on cruise control. That might be great for some, but it’s my biggest fear.
“The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.” – Jack Nicholson
If I’m not continually learning, I’m not interested. It might seem basic, but I don’t really want to master something. If I master something, that means the challenge was too easy. I want to continually work towards improving myself and learning is key to that. In my comfy job, I found I learned a ton in the beginning but the velocity of learning and being challenged drastically decreased over time. Once the velocity of learning started to decrease, I knew it was time for a change. I know a lot of people are happy not learning new things and just continuing along. That’s just not for me.
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Whether I’m changing the world or making a small positive impact based on my contribution, I always want to feel like my work is relevant. To me, there’s no worse feeling than feeling my work is unneeded and unimportant. If my work doesn’t have an impact, even if it’s a tiny impact, i can’t deal with it. I was finding that my work didn’t seem very important. I felt like my work wasn’t making an impact. I was just another number in the HR system.
Those are the 3 reasons I quit my comfy job. Keep in mind, you don’t need to become an entrepreneur to overcome these problems – there are tons of great jobs out there that are right for you (FYI my new company Ideal Candidate uses a bunch of data to match you to the right company and job). I’m also not saying a bank isn’t a great place to work. It just wasn’t for me.
Do you want to quit your comfy job? Are you dying for something new? Please comment below and share your thoughts.
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