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Should I quit my job?

Should you quit your job? I know what answer you want to hear. But, it depends. And here’s what it depends on. Before we move on, note that this article will probably be controversial.

This is not legal advice. Implement at your own risk. By reading further, you agree to this understanding.

Do you hate your job? Should you quit?

If you hate your job, and you want to change it, you may not need to quit. Can you ask your boss for a new role? Do you know what roles in the company you would enjoy? Before you quit you job, spend time on this question.

If the answer is “yes, there is something”, you don’t need to quit.

Once you find the roles you’re interested in, write up why you’d be better for the role and how you plan on making a greater profit for the company than the role you’re in now. Just go up to your employer, pitch the idea and ask them what it would take for you to work in the role you’re interested in. Do you need qualifications? Get them in your spare time. Do you need experience? Get it after hours. If you desire a new role, commit to getting it as if you were applying to a new company.

Do you hate the place you work at? Now, should you quit?

If you hate the place you work at, the safest thing you can do is to stay where you are while applying for another job. You will avoid losing income and you will be far more attractive to other employers because you’re already working.

However, if the job is causing you depression, the story is different. I remember those difficult times when I dreaded Sunday evenings, when I got stuck in Monday morning traffic, when I looked out the lunch room window wishing to enjoy the beautiful sky and forest, and when I sat by my basement stairs looking into the darkness. I remember the pivotal question I always asked myself, “Is this all I was meant to do? Was this what life was meant to be?” At the time, I was single and living at home and thought to myself, “No one actually needs my money…why am I doing this?” By staying at your job or company, are you becoming depressed and difficult to be around? Is your wife unhappy being around you? Is your patience with your kids lowering? Are you contemplating suicide?

If the answer is “yes”, then you need to quit your job. No person deserves this kind of torture.

Preparing to quit your job

You obviously work because you have a family or lifestyle you need to support. First, determine how much your monthly expenses are. How much does it cost to maintain your lifestyle?

Once you find that answer, determine what expenses you can cut down or cut out. No more Netflix, the newspaper, the gym or any other monthly subscriptions. The only critical expenses are your utility bills, grocery expenses, medical care costs, child care costs and debt repayments.

Next, how much savings do you have? If you quit, do you have enough to maintain your lifestyle for at least 6 months? Can you further cut down your monthly expenses to stretch out your savings?

If you cannot cut down your expenses further, but you still don’t have enough savings, are there any social services you can leverage while your income is down? Visit the local churches and food banks and find out. Look up child care subsidies and any other programs that can help you and your family during this transition. If you’re living at home, can you ask your parents to carry the load while you look for something better? If you’re married, can you ask your wife?

Answering that, ask yourself, will you honestly look for a new job after you quit? Have you already started looking for work? Will you commit to getting a job within 3 months of quitting? Will you, at all costs, avoid gaming the social services system and living off your credit card, cash advances and pay-day loans? If you’re not self-disciplined, you may incur further debt, burn relationships and ultimately make yourself unemployable.

Now, once you’ve answered all this, you need to demonstrate your self-discipline. Set up your goals and a daily schedule to achieve those goals. Your goals should include early morning prayer/meditation, reading and exercise, and a strategy for getting a job within 3 months of quitting. Implement this schedule until your family notices a positive change in your behavior. You must demonstrate to your family that when you quit, you’re not going to end up a dead-beat. If you need help setting up a schedule, read the article on setting goals and outpacing others.

Finally, talk to your loved ones. Tell them how your current job is effecting you. If they won’t listen, visit a counselor or a religious leader, relay your troubles, share your plan and get their input.

Quitting your job

Once again:

  1. Determine your expenses
  2. Find out what expenses you can cut down or cut out
  3. Determine how much savings you have; it should cover you and your family for 6 months
  4. If you don’t have enough savings, find any social services you can temporarily lean on
  5. Answer honestly if you’re going to do everything you can to find a job in 3 months
  6. Come up with your goals (prayer/meditation, reading, exercise and getting a job within 3 months) and implement a daily schedule. Demonstrate it to your family.
  7. Talk to your family

When you’ve completed the above 7 steps and your family has agreed to your plan, then quit your job.

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