After seeing the awesome reach and positive response that my article “7 Valuable Lessons I Learned Working a Job I Hated for 2 Years” got, I decided to give you a glimpse of some of the most important lessons I learned by quitting said job as well.
Before I move on, I would like to point out that I didn’t quit my job cold-turkey.
I took the time, a lot of time, to find another job first. I went to several interviews throughout the period of some months and when I got hired at a job I thought I’d like better than my old one, I then went ahead and quit it.
For the majority of people, this is the optimal course of action…
I always say that it’s much better to find a job before you leave your current one rather than leaving your current job and then have to deal with the stress of finding another one while your savings, if you even have some, keep running out because this way you might take a job out of fear and necessity and end up in a way worse environment than your previous one.
On the other hand, some people might find that the stress of working their current job, is worse than the stress they’d have to face if they left themselves with no income for a while.
If you believe that this is the case with you, then quitting your job without having another one lined up might be the best choice for you. And you’ll figure out the rest later on.
After all, whatever comes at the cost of your wellbeing, is way too expensive.
Anyway, here are the 6 Beneficial Lessons I Learned Quitting a Job I Hated for 2 Years.
6 Beneficial Lessons I Learned Quitting a Job I Hated for 2 Years
1 • Start Saving Some Money Before You Quit
The most important step before quitting your job is to start setting some money aside.
Either you decide to quit your job cold-turkey or to take your time and find another job first, like me, having a cushion aside is going to make you feel much more comfortable, less frightened, help you deal with the unknown much more easily, as well as enable you to take better decisions.
When I knew that I would eventually have to quit my job, I started putting aside as much money as I could.
I stopped buying crap, eating take out daily, going out for drinks every weekend, buying toilet paper, etc. I also started using my bicycle more while running my errands and I washed my clothes in the river (just kidding about the clothes :P)
In just 6 months I managed to gather more money than I expected and that definitely gave me the extra push to start acting towards quitting my job.
2 • Better Do it Sooner Than Later
If you hate your job, quit it…
Once I told my boss I was out of there, I couldn’t fathom why the fuck I didn’t do it sooner.
Don’t get me wrong… I don’t mean like quit your job right now, but at least start taking the necessary steps to eventually get the hell out of there.
Stop settling. Stretch your comfort zone in order to escape that awful job. Pee against the wind!
If you don’t, you’ll probably reach the end of your life regretting spending its entirety or a huge chunk of it hating half or even more of your waking hours.
That’s fucking bad.
And the worst part is that then, it will be too late to actually do anything about it. You get no do-overs. You just get to live this one time.
So make sure that you do something to start improving your situation right now.
3 • It’s Unlikely That You’ll Regret Quitting
Deep down, most people who want to quit their job believe that they are going to regret it if they do so (okay maybe not that deep down).
- “You’ll regret it”
- “You can’t find better”
- “Everywhere else is just as bad”
- “You’ll turn homeless”
- “You working that job is the glue holding the whole universe together”
are some of the thoughts that will keep bombarding your consciousness once you start considering quitting your job.
However, none of those negative beliefs are actually true.
Truth is, that the worst case scenario you keep playing in your head which is holding you back from quitting your job is NEVER going to happen.
Second truth is, I’ve NEVER heard of one person who had regrets about quitting a job they hated. Not a single one.
And even if you do end up regretting it (which you won’t), so what?
Always know that it’s much better to regret about something you actually did than regretting about something you didn’t do (except maybe that “something” you did was drinking poison).
4 • You Can Never Know if Your Next Job Is Going to be Better
I am sure that you’ve heard a lot of times that no job is perfect.
This is such a cliche, right?
But it’s also so true.
Before leaving my current job, I needed to find the most perfect one.
And it took some time until I did. Or at least until I thought I did…
Truth is that most of the time, a job might seem perfect on paper as well as during your first couple weeks to a month working there but the more you stay there, the more annoyances and deal-breakers will start appearing under your radar.
If you’ve changed a couple or more jobs during your lifetime, you know exactly what I am talking about.
For instance, my new “perfect” job which took me months to find, was way better in term of duties and management than my old one, but it was a lot further from home and it had a lot of overtime most of it still going unpaid to this very day.
My point is this…
Don’t spend years trying to find your perfect job in order to leave your current one because that new job is probably going to have its downsides as well.
Don’t go for perfect… Going from working a job you hate to working a job you don’t hate is an enormous improvement.
And you never know…
A job which you don’t hate might eventually become your the job you love. And your perfect job might eventually become a job you hate.
5 • Take Some Time Off
While quitting a job cold-turkey is not the recommended course of action, sometimes it might be highly beneficial before actually moving on to the next one.
You see, working a job you hate is like being in a bad relationship.
In order to recuperate and healthily move on to the next one, you have to be by yourself for a while and let all this accumulated negativity settle.
Sometimes, this is the only way to make a healthy decision towards which direction you should move.
The next time I quit my current job, which will be pretty soon, I will definitely allow myself to rest for a couple of weeks or maybe a month before I even start looking for another one.
And that’s exactly why you need to have some savings on the side as I’ve talked earlier on!
6 • There’s No Better Feeling in the World
That adrenaline rush that you get when you finally walk up to your boss and tell right in their face that you quit is almost as good as having sex.
You feel like you’ve regained your power… You had to feel such power for a very long time. It feels like you finally took back control of your feelings and your life. You are the master of your fate. You are the captain of your sails. You call the odds not your boss, not your colleagues, not your family and friends. YOU!
The feeling is so good that I am actually considering getting hired in jobs just to quit them and keep experiencing the same feeling over and over again.
I am really not kidding.
I know that quitting a job is no easy decision to make. After all, that’s why it took me 2 years to actually quit a job I hated since day one.
However, it’s something that needs to be done better sooner than later… And you know it!
Let go of all excuses and start acting now. Now is the only time you have to improve your life. Not tomorrow… Not next year… NOW!
Think about it this way: What’s the worst that can happen?
Did you get it? Good!
That worst-case scenario is never going to play out, period.
For how long have you been working a job you hate? What is holding you back from quitting it? What do you imagine as the worst-case scenario if you quit your job?
Let us know all about it in the comment section below.
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