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!