Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for Quitting

I'm going to cut right to the chase for today's lesson: If you hate your job, you should quit it.

I've experienced this lesson first hand. I've seen what happens when I stay too long at a job (The Universe forces a change) and I've also seen what it's like to finally quit a job that's been crushing my soul for years.

Now, I know all the reasons you say you can't quit your job. I even know that some of the reasons you stay at a job you hate are legit. But this is where Saturday's post about priorities comes in handy. You can get another job. You might not make as much money or have the same schedule but contrary to popular belief, there are other jobs out there.

I've been told that some of my life lessons are "easier said that done." I'll agree this is another one that falls into that category. But guess what? Life is hard.

I think quitting gets a bad rap. I'm not just talking about jobs. When I retired from roller derby last year, I struggled with the fact that I was quitting. We're conditioned to think that quitting means we're a loser, weak, scared, that it's always a bad thing. The truth is sometimes it's time to quit.

I've done my fair share of quitting. I've quit jobs, hobbies, relationships. It can be difficult to stand up and say "Okay, I'm all done here," but it almost always comes with a rush of relief. Getting that proverbial weight off my chest in knowing that I'm doing the right thing.

I'm not saying quit anything at the first inkling of discomfort. I played derby for over two years and I can't even count how many times I thought of quitting before I finally did. The same with my soul sucking job. The older I get, the shorter that time frame gets where I'll tolerate feeling bad. But it's still exists. I'll wait it out to make sure quitting definitely feels right.

Our society floods us with motivational posters telling us to never give up, never quit, keep going, etc. And yes, there's a time and place for pushing yourself and persevering. Maybe at the gym but not in a work place.


  1. I agree with you; if you don't like it quit. I like my job (sort of) actually I like the type of work I do, the industry has just changed so much in the last 10 years that it is no longer fun like it used to be and I've taken close to a 50% pay cut by them changing this and that with it. I work at home, which I like. Don't have a commute or have to buy work clothes. I'm 57 and I really don't want to venture out back into the work place or get a training for something else. I hope this sticks around for a few more years until I'm ready to retire.

  2. I see you have your priorities in order! That's what matters when it comes to work, I think. As long as you are happy with the choices you're making and why then life is more enjoyable! Thanks for your comment.

  3. I so agree with you that quitting has a bad rep. Of course your life lessons are hard. If they were easy, everyone would do it!