It’s Okay to Be A Quitter

Where has the time gone since my last post? It’s truly amazing how quickly circumstances in one’s life can change. It’s also amazing how quickly new, undiscovered opportunities can appear and suddenly one’s life diverts from the previous path.

Well, a lot has happened in the last month. February is the shortest month of the year (though it is a leap year) but it will have some very long-lasting implications on my future. Let’s break it down.

In mid-January, I quit my job.

I know it’s happened and I’ve talked about it a lot, but it still looks odd to me written there in black and white. I’ve never quit a job before, they’ve always ended due to me leaving for college, they were temporary positions, or I graduated from college. Me leaving jobs has never been a truly conscious decision but has followed the ebb and flow of my life’s path. Until now. Until the day I became a quitter.

A few months ago, I talked about taking a break from the chaos of everyday life and reconnecting with oneself. I didn’t have a chance to truly do that until very recently. Talk about not taking my own advice. My old job didn’t allow me the time or luxury of slowing down. Work-life balance was a statement made followed by a laugh and a question “what’s that” in the office. And suddenly in January, I found myself faced with the question of whether school could be put off for awhile since my job took up so much of my time. The answer was no.

Mind you, I worked for a good company, I made good money, and I had good benefits. The one thing I was lacking was the job I was performing being a good fit for me. It became very clear to me over the last 6-8 months that it was not, and I had now hit the point where in order to pursue my dreams and re-prioritize my life, it was stay or leave. And I left.

It was a moment of pure strength, confidence, and freedom. I had never done anything so ballsy in my life until that moment when I said I would be leaving and it felt amazing. True, I made decisions about my life before, but didn’t always take risks. And leaving my job without having the security of a next step was a big risk.

Now I would never recommend quitting your job before you have something lined up or a plan for your next step. I would also never recommend quitting your job when you’re in an emotional state or just off the cuff. You need to plan and write the letter of resignation and do it with a clear head. For me, I had thought it over, I gave my letter, and put in three weeks notice to finish a big project. Though I didn’t know where I was going at the time, here’s where the sudden confidence in myself popped up again where I just knew I would make it work. I knew I would find something, anything to make it work.

And thankfully, the risk paid off. Within a week, I had phone interviews with multiple companies. Followed by second interviews, final interviews, and at last an offer. All in a matter of 2 weeks. It’s not always that easy during a job search, but timing is everything. Had I not done what I did in becoming a quitter, I would have missed an opportunity.

So here I am, finishing out the month of February and my first week at a new company in the apparel/fashion industry. The “fit” feels good and I know I’m excited about my future at this company and in this industry.

Sometimes you need to take a step back from a situation and really decide if you’re where you want to be and if the path you’re on is where you want to go. I wasn’t in the right place and I finally mustered the courage to make the change I needed. The change I needed to pursue an opportunity that’s more aligned with my passions and interests. The change I needed to feel excited about my job and my contribution. The change I needed to take back my life and confidence and make the choice to quit.

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