“Quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers.” – Seth Godin
5 signs that made me realize I had to quit my job and start anew:
1. I lost my passion to excel. My IT career hit a plateau. There came a time when I enjoyed more doing extra-curricular stuff than the role I’m being paid for. My body may have been in the office, but my mind wanders with ideas that I couldn’t do because of my 8-5 job. I felt that if I couldn’t excel and I’m not having fun, then it’s definitely time to move on.
2. I work just for the money. One of my favorite words from Guy Kawasaki was “Make meaning, not money.” It came to a point when I just don’t think I’m doing anything with a purpose. I was doing things because I was being paid to do it. To be honest, it’s not the best feeling in the world!
3. The only thing I look forward to when going to work, were free internet, great airconditioning and life conversations with the people I work with. See, nothing in this list is about my career, so I didn’t see the point of working anymore.
4. I’d rather do nothing than work. Doing nothing is hard. So when I felt that doing nothing was more fun than going to work, then it’s inevitable. Eventually I grew tired of doing nothing so I looked for something worthwhile to do.
5. When people ask me what I do, I can’t PROUDLY say I’m a “QA Engineer”. I think people who succeed don’t just enjoy what they do, but they are also proud of what they do.
Yes, I quit my work! It’s scary considering I have a family to feed and a child to eventually take to school. But if I didn’t grab this opportunity despite it being risky, I might not get another one and eventually regret not taking the risk. Right now, I’m just looking forward to the challenge of my new job. What it is? I’ll leave that for another post.
Wish me luck!