Why I like to quit my jobs!

1 Jun

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Since the age of 16 I’ve worked in various companies from retail to housing. I’ve developed a lot over the years and can honestly say that having a job helped me increase my confidence and social skills. However as of recent I have started to detest the 9-5 lifestyle that so many of us adopt.

“I began loathing Sunday nights…complaining on Monday mornings and rejoicing on Friday afternoons like everyone else.”

For me, my moment of enlightenment came when I was working at the head office of a well-known retailer. It was a typical 9-5, open plan, busy office. To say the least…I hated it. Don’t get me wrong I had some great opportunities. But I just knew I had no future with that company. Every morning I would get to work and hear how much everyone hated their jobs and complained about how much work they had to do. And to be honest…I got sucked into this pessimistic way of thinking. I began loathing Sunday nights…complaining on Monday mornings and rejoicing on Friday afternoons like everyone else. It became so ingrained in me that I didn’t realise I was doing it…until the stress of the job got too much and I thought! I want out! Not because I was a quitter…but because I realised the stress wasn’t worth it. The job wasn’t adding any value to my life! So I left! And you know what, it was the best decision I ever made. I felt liberated, I felt free, I didn’t have to answer to anyone…

**At this point in the blog post I would like to tell you that I quit my job and led a life of leisure, self-development and began my entrepreneurial journey…but no. I played it safe. I went out and got another J.O.B. It was a temporary contract. But I told myself it would be different…it was in the area I gained my qualifications; Public Health. Which meant I could finally begin my career and start my life!**

I worked full time as a Health and Wellbeing officer for 10 months. I was getting paid to do a job that I loved! But there was still something missing…

In hindsight I now understand that my hasty move from one job to the next was fuelled by fear and a willingness to please others. I was acting in a way that I thought was expected of me. It was like I had this guiding force telling me to be in a stable career and buy a house before I was 25.

But then I realised…this job was still not for me. I was doing a job that I studied for…but it lacked fulfillment. Even though I enjoyed it…I couldn’t help but think it was a lost cause as it was only temporary. However, I told myself “it’s ok Nat… the company have promised you employment after your contract”. And yes I believed it. I thought the company would do their utmost to keep me…because at the end of the day I was a good worker…I knew that.

Anyways it transpired that the company were not able to keep me on permanently but offered me a further 2 month contract. I kindly declined and agreed to work to the end of my original contract. I got mixed reactions from family, friends and colleagues. The question everyone wanted answered was “what next?” (as if I hadn’t plagued myself with this same question for months…I was now being asked by everyone that knew me what my big life plan was). At first I didn’t know. The fear inside me wanted to run back to full time employment. But then I remembered why I left. The same reason I left my other jobs…because I didn’t feel fulfilled. I felt my potential was being limited to the confines of an office. I knew that I had the potential to do great things…and that in itself scared me. But you know what…I stuck to my decision and left my job.

So the reason why I like to quit my jobs is simple…whenever I feel the job/situation is no longer adding value to my life…I get out. Time is too precious to be sat around doing things you wish you weren’t doing. Take a leap of faith and go out and do what you love! I’m now in the process of setting up my own business and I am hugely excited by this!

Natalie

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10 Responses to “Why I like to quit my jobs!”

  1. Jason @ TheButlerJournal.com June 1, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Taking a leap of faith a couple years ago was one of the best things I could have done. I was in a dead end job with no direction. Since I’ve taken my leap I’ve been able to get my side hustle rolling and find a job that I actually enjoy.

    • Quietly Ambitious June 1, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

      That’s good to hear. Are you planning to ever make your side hustle full time?

      • Jason @ TheButlerJournal.com June 1, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

        I’m actually currently working on it. My plan is to be location independent. It’s going to take a little time but it will be eventually.

  2. Cindy October 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Yessss! I love this! I’ve quit a few jobs in the past couple of years. And I make a lot more money now than I did with a “real job”.

    • Quietly Ambitious October 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      That’s really inspirational to hear! There’s definitely more to life than a typical job

  3. Lexi (@thoughtfullens) November 21, 2015 at 2:40 am #

    I appreciate you sharing your story…I have been an infamous quitter since I started working at 16, for real! lol and now I have been self-employed since 2012. Although it is hard sometimes, I know that I can never go back to working for someone else. ❤

    • Quietly Ambitious November 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Thanks for reading. That’s so amazing that you’re self employed. What do you do?

  4. Scarlett Jaye November 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    I love the fact that someone identifies with the way I feel! I’ve actually only held 3 jobs in my lifetime, but I’ve quit them all. I’m a fellow writer and blogger. I’ve always felt like I wasn’t supposed to work for anyone else. I know I’m destined to create and reign in my own position.

    • Quietly Ambitious November 27, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks for reading! Yup jobs can be so limiting sometimes but I hope you settle into something that you love and can earn a living off! Now that’s goals!

  5. Scarlett Jaye November 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    Writing and blogging will be that thing. I’m sure of it!

    If you don’t mind, please check out my blog. I write about my misadventures with love and life as a twentysomething. Comment and share. Thanks.

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    littlevoicewithinme.wordpress.com

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