When I see a fork in the road I make a decision, and when one of those forks leads to a dead end, my decision becomes quite simple. Today I made a decision to quit my job because I saw a fork in the road that had two options – a dead end or me taking my leave. I took my leave.
With that said, I’ve taken the leap quite rapidly and have not prepared for another job. I am okay with this as I believe in myself to find work through my persistence and ability to demonstrate my value. Worrying about my lack of employment will not get me any closer to employment. However, this is where aggressively saving and living below my means comes in handy.
As some of you may remember, I wrote an article earlier this month titled “How to Win Through Quitting.” It’s funny that I’m following my own advice so soon, but this is me backing up what I believe in. Ironically enough, Quennie did the same thing yesterday.
Releasing the shackles of a discouraging J.O.B. and thinking critically about the direction I’d like to live is something that feels empowering and is something that reminds me of the freedom I have, and you have as well. The freedom to do whatever we want in this world. It’s also good to know that other successful people such as Steve Pavlina believe that You Should Never Get a Job and that some of the most successful people have Horrible Resumes.
Resumes are for HR directors and drones who sift through them looking for the perfect skills that can accomplish a task. Jobs are tasks that need to be completed, nothing more. Jobs are not a way to express yourself and find your purpose, you need to create that yourself and that’s exactly what I plan to do.
What Was my Job, and Why Did I Originally Take it?
I thought I had found my perfect job, honestly. I worked at an underwater camera product development company here in Honolulu. It’s a small business with only about 13 employees. We sold to distributors who in turn shipped to dive shops, Wal-marts, and other niche stores that had customers wanting low price point underwater cameras.
I was promised that I would be doing web development, an array of projects, and developing their PR department from the ground up (there was none prior). The reason I joined the company was because it was in a field I was interested in – photography and business management, and because I saw the potential the company had to grow into something bigger. If the company grew bigger I would be able to reap the rewards along the way. However, like many ideas, this one didn’t come into fruition.
Why I quit my job
For the past two weeks I have absolutely dreaded going to work. My gut and my head were pretty much on the same page each day about it. Here are some specific reasons why I left:
- The Boss – This was the number one reason I left. My boss was a horrible communicator that asked for general projects (without specifics) to be completed, then rebutted with me doing it the wrong way everytime I presented options and my thoughts. He never communicated exactly what he wanted me to do, and frankly I’m not sure he even knew what my role was as it seemed to change every week. This lack of direction of my position was something that would’ve continued if I stayed and created an unsatisfying and highly unproductive work environment.
- The Co-Workers – Mental stimulation was a joke. My co-workers were there to pay their bills and do their tasks and nothing more.
- The Environment – Sitting in an office all day just isn’t my thing. Of all the jobs I’ve had thus far, the ones I’ve been least happy in were ones where I had a desk and computer that I spend 90% of my days at.
- The Pay - My pay was slightly below median for a recent college grad. I’m an incredibly ambitious hard working guy who’s worth a lot more and could easily make the same amount of pay doing something that is actually fun, which is what I plan on doing.
Was this a smart or dumb move?
To many this appears to be a dumb move, to me it is not. I was happier working as a bartender back in Wisconsin than I was coming into work every morning for this company. I was unmotivated and not driven by purpose and therefore I floundered. If it’s stupid because I’m throwing a potential career down the toilet, I say flush away!
Where am I headed?
I’ve known my whole life that I don’t want to be a part of corporate America. This blog, the other sites I’m developing, and a few other side projects will become a bigger focus of my days. I will look for work in the hospitality industry as that’s where I enjoy working (being around people) which will pay the bills as I start my other business ventures.
This is not a sad ending, but a happy new beginning!
Have you recently quit a job because you weren’t happy? If so please share your story.