Should I quit my job?
This is a question people ask me with a frequency that surprises me and in a variety of contexts. I could answer as one of my reader question Monday posts, I suppose, but I’ll just answer straight out.
If you’re a regular reader or someone who came here via share, and you’re asking yourself, “should I quit my job,” the answer is yes.
And if you wound up here from a Google search for “should I quit my job” then the answer becomes “Dear God, yes.”
Well, before I get to that, just look at the results of that Google search. You’ll see why I had a little fun in the title of this post. Each site that addresses this topic goes something like this.
Should I quit my job? Answer the following 25 questions on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being strongly disagree and 5 being strongly agree.
- Does coming to work each day make me want to drink bleach?
- Does my boss actually, literally make me drink bleach?
- Meta question: if I were taking a quiz about should I quit my job and it asked me if I should quit my job, would I say yes?
Now, tabulate your score. If you got more than a 50, you should quit your job, mister, yah, you betcha!
So let’s just skip the quizzes and head games and get straight to why you should quit your job. I’m just dispensing with the busy work and telling you what you came looking to hear.
Understanding Your Motivation
Do a thought exercise with me, if you’re one of those wondering, “should I quit my job?” (Or, go ahead even if you love your job, but the effect will be understandably muted.)
Say you do this internet search, land on one of those silly quizzes and take it, giving your career the same treatment as a Buzzfeed quiz about finding out which character from Game of Thrones you are.
Let’s then say that the answer comes in. You should, most decidedly, NOT quit your job.
What’s your next move?
Do you shrug and say, “welp, that settles that. Back to the grind, never to contemplate this again!”
Or do you keep taking quizzes and reading articles about quitting?
I bet it’s the latter. And you do something like this because you’re shopping for an answer. You’re not looking for the internet to answer your question as much as you’re looking for it to supply you with ammunition.
So roll with it. Accept that you should quit, gather your ammunition, and start planning when and how you’ll quit.
I’ll offer more on when and how momentarily, but with a quick spoiler. I’m going to counsel patience and a long game. If you’re looking for someone to validate your plan to march in like a moron and let your boss have it, I’d suggest looking for apocryphal Facebook posts.