Early in my working career slow times meant I only had one job. Quitting was not a thing I would consider. I moved from my janitorial business to a job at Safeway where I worked for eleven years. I only left because I wanted to move out of the area so I went to Cost Plus Imports. I was there for five years….
Then the quitting began. I was in a job that I enjoyed but I was going nowhere. I had just missed another promotion, but that’s another story. I had just made my last spousal support payment and I was 400 miles away from family and friends. My brother had told me about a management training program for an electronics retailer back in my home area. I interviewed and was accepted. Before taking it my brothers friend Philip made a statement that has stayed with me to this day. “There’s no job you can’t take that you can’t quit”.
So here’s the $64 question: When and why should I quit?
Looking back on my own experience I can tell you the real reason I left certain jobs. Safeway for instance I was a journeyman food clerk which meant I was at the highest pay level. This was earned by how many hours you put in. This kind of insulted my intelligence. I was (in all modesty) one of the best workers there and I got paid the same as someone who had a pulse. I was told many years ago there is the real reason and, the reason that sounds good. The reason that sounded good was I wanted to leave the area. The real reason was I was unfulfilled.
When I left Cost Plus The reason that sounded good was I wanted to move back home. The real reason was I got passed over for a promotion. Oh and that job I took to move back to the area. five weeks and I was gone.But the reason for this is a HUGE lesson for anyone. The job entailed six days a week plus home training, and class work. And when you finished surprise you get to work 60 hrs a week to make what I was making at my last job. Well one day at the class only 2 students out of 20 had done their assignments. ( No I wasn’t one of them) So the instructor wrote this word on the board. WILLINGNESS Are you willing to do what it takes. At the time I was not willing to do that.
One job I had lasted a whole day. It was telemarketing. The main reason I left was because in order to pump us up they had music blaring in the background. But it hard to sell when you have to ask the other person to repeat themselves. The big question I always ask myself is..Do I want to do this day in day out, week in week out for the next sooooo many years? If the answer is no find something you love. My last job I had I really loved but economic times caused the owners to micromanage me. That stress caused me to have a heart attack at 45.
I quit and went into business for myself which I have been doing for the last 9 years.If you are out of work now. I would suggest looking into Network marketing, or Internet opportunities and consider it a fresh start.
In review you may leave because you are unfulfilled, passed over for promotion, don’t like the hours or condition, or want a fresh start. But here’s the thing .At the end of City Slickers Billy Crystal said I’m not going to quit my job. I’m just going to do it better. There are people who are happy and successful in every job. So you might want to change how you view it or how you do it.
But as my friend Philip said ” There’s no job you can’t take you can,’t quit.