“Should I quit my job?”
That’s a question I hear a lot.
On one hand it’s a hard question to answer, especially when I don’t know you very well.
Do you have a good plan? Will you really be happier as an entrepreneur, artist, freelancer, filmmaker, wandering vagabond or whatever else you have in mind? Do you have some money saved to get you through the transition? Will operating without a safety net motivate you or paralyze you?
I can’t tell you specifically if you should quit your job without getting to know you better. There are lots of questions you need to seriously ask yourself.
On the other hand, I can tell you one thing emphatically.
If you’re asking yourself whether you should quit your job, or if you’ve been feeling the itch to go and try something you’ve always wanted to try…
Hell yes you should quit your job.
This isn’t a dress rehearsal and you aren’t getting any younger. If there’s something you feel deep down that you need to explore and chase, then in my book you need to do that thing.
If you’re having thoughts about wanting to quit your job, it tells me you’re not satisfied with the life your job is providing.
Will you ever be fully satisfied with your life if you keep working this job? Will you ever be satisfied if you don’t take a real shot at living your dreams?
Before I worked for myself, I had that nagging feeling deep down for years that my life wasn’t on the right track. I knew that working for someone else wasn’t going to satisfy me. I knew that when I got to the end of my life and looked back, I didn’t want to leave certain stones unturned.
If you have those feelings too, the real question for me isn’t if you should quit your job, but when.
I’m not saying that quitting your job will be easy or that you’ll succeed tomorrow on your new path. Making up your own rules is hard. That’s why most people operate under someone else’s rules.
And to be honest, you could fail. That’s part of the adventure.
Here’s a little secret: you can actually predetermine whether you’ll succeed or fail. If your goal is to follow the dream and experience the adventure, knowing that you’ll end up a more experienced, interesting and fulfilled person afterward, you’ll succeed no matter what.
We Americans and “Westerners” focus too much on outcomes and not enough on process. Make the process your goal and you’ll succeed no matter the ultimate outcome.
So go on, ask yourself the important questions.
If you keep coming back to feeling like your job is never going to satisfy you, then I think you know what you need to do.
That job or another one just like it will always be there if you change your mind, but I don’t think you will.
Following dreams isn’t something people tend to give up once they start.