When to Quit and When to Commit: Ask Yourself These 3 Questions
When he was fresh out of school, my dad studied to be a chiropractor, and then a chiropractor he was for the rest of his life. The same is true for most of my friends’ parents; they chose a profession early on in their careers and many of them are still working in that profession to this day.
But our generation is different.
Gone are the days when we have one job or profession for our entire career. According to Forbes magazine, job-hopping is the new normal for millennials with 91% of us expecting to stay in a job for less than three years.
Yep, that sounds about right!
Myself? Well, I have already been an autism therapist, a disability support worker, an international flight attendant, and a health coach. And I have yet to hit the big 3-0!
All this job-hopping and career changing can be stressful. When we are standing in front of the career buffet, how do you know when to commit to what is already on our plate, or to load it up with something different?
In his book, Born for This, Chris Guillebeau says if you are faced with a decision to quit or commit, you can get clarity by asking yourself these two questions:
Do I love it?
Does this job light me up and energise me? (In other words: Would I do it for free?)
Is it working for me?
Does this job fit into my lifestyle by adequately reimbursing me for my effort and my time?
If the answer to both of these questions is ‘no’, then it may be time to move on and pick another job from the career buffet. If you answered ‘yes’ to these two questions, then it is likely that you have piled your plate up with your favourite food and you aren’t even thinking about the other dishes on the menu. And this is a beautiful thing—we all want to do work that we love and that works for us!
But what if you love it but it’s not working for you?
This is where it can get tricky, and I would recommend you ask yourself a third question:
In 10 years time, will I regret walking away?
This question will get you to dig deep on what it is that you really want for your future. What kind of life do you envision for yourself and how does your current situation fit into your bigger life picture?
Answering this question will help you get clear on whether this is something that is really important to you, or whether is it something that is just for right now.
So now it is your turn: In the comments below tell me if you have ever faced a situation where you had to quit or commit. What strategies helped you?