"Most people work just hard enough not to get fired
and get paid just enough money not to quit."
I read that quote back in October when I was feeling discouraged by my negative work environment and posted this:
"I've been called innocent before, because of my positive attitude in the work place. It's not that I don't get bogged down working the nine-to-five or fed up with office politics. It's that I work hard to not let those things define my work ethic or keep me chained to a desk I'm no longer learning in. I think I'm who marketers like to call, "a mysterious millennial".
We're not all lazy and non-committal. We crave more out of life than just a j-o-b, we're picky and our dreams go far beyond the white picket fence and pretty pensions. But we work for Gen X and they just don't get it."
I realized that this quote defined the majority of my coworkers.
And I wasn't going to let it define me.
So I quit.
I put my resignation in two weeks ago without having another job.
I know risky.
I've battled my own fears and insecurities,
feeling like the most irresponsible 25 year old "typical millennial",
who throws in the towel on a stable job.
I battled for several months if I should just quit,
all the while submitting resumes left and right for positions within other companies.
Over the holidays I had a refreshing conversation with my cousin who's in residence at Mayo Clinic.
In his very calm, confident, "doctor voice" he asked me two simple questions and told me if I answer yes to both I have to quit, but if I answer no to at least one I have to stay indefinitely;
Doc: "Are you unhappy at your job?"
Doc: "Would you be happier if you quit?"
Doc: "Well, then you have to quit."
In those two very simple questions I found my answer and courage to quit my job.
Today is my last day and I already feel like a burden has lifted.
Don't get me wrong,
I don't think that everyone should quit their job if they're unhappy.
There was a lot more that went into my work environment that led me to quit that I don't feel is necessary to disclose.
However, too many people settle for desks that don't challenge them to keep growing and learning.
I hope to never settle and to always have the courage to move on when it's necessary.
Because life is too short.