Want to Quit your Job – Watch out for these 3 Excuses

by Everyday on June 7, 2011

Do you wake up every morning hoping to get hit by a car on your way to work? If so, it might be time to quit. If everyone who despised their jobs quit tomorrow, thousands of offices around the nation would be eerily empty. Fortunately for human resources departments, most employees will continue leading lives of quiet desperation, clocking in and clocking out day after day.

Why? Because as soon as they think about quitting, excuse mode kicks into high gear. And some excuses sound pretty convincing. But if you play devil’s advocate and talk back to those excuses, they start to look a bit shaky.Give it a go. What do you have to lose? Here are the three most common excusesfor not quitting a job you hate, along with their counterarguments.

Quit your Job Want to Quit your Job   Watch out for these 3 Excuses

Excuse 1: Fear of Not Finding Another Job

Can you absolutely know that you won’t be able to find another job? Perhaps being unemployed is the kick in the pants your subconscious needs. Sure, conventional wisdom says that the best time to look for a job is when you already have one.But on the other hand, if you’re too drained at the end of the day to fill out applications or update your resume, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever make progress.

Another argument: perhaps you don’t need to find another job. You may be able to earn more as a freelancer, consultant, or independent contractor. Better yet, how about starting your own business? Instead of assuming that working for someone else is the only option, open up to all the possibilities.

Excuse 2: Waiting to be Fired

There are so many things wrong with this attitude that it’s hard to know where to begin. First of all, someone who’s hoping to be laid off so they can collect severance pay exudes an extremely off-putting odor. It’s similar to the nasty smell emanating from the guy who’s waiting around for his girlfriend to dump him because he doesn’t have the guts to end the relationship. That passive, cowardly attitude will start to permeate everything you do.

And when you eventually do get tired, you’re not going to be able to change your lame attitude overnight. You’ll end up sitting on the couch all day, eating frozen popsicles and hoping a potential employer will call. By contrast, the person who confidently walks away from a toxic job and hits the street with a big smile, looking for his or her dream job, sends out positive vibes of awesomeness. Who do you want to be?

Excuse 3: No Savings to Fall Back On

Okay, this is actually an acceptable temporary excuse if you add one simple little word – “No savings to fall back on…yet!”That “yet” empowersyouto make a plan and set an achievable goal. How much money do you want to have in savings before you’d feel comfortable quitting your job? Figure out how long it will take you to get there if you cut out every unnecessary expense. And don’t say you’ve already cut down as much as possible. That’s rarely true.

Would it kill you to go without home internet, mobile phone plan extras, or cable TVfor three months? How about cutting out all coffee, haircuts, and DVD rentals? And if you want to go extreme, turn off your electricity, heat, and gas and see how much money you save.Your friends may think you’re crazy, but a minimalist lifestyle might be the ticket to freedom.

When you take full responsibility for your own life, unpredictable and amazing things start to happen. But as long as you let tired excuses control your life path, you’ll never know what could have been. One thing is for sure: nobody ever looks back and says, “Gee, I wish I hadn’t quit that job I hated five years ago.”

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