“I Quit”

Written By: Kelli Gustafson


Quitting. Other synonyms include: resigning, leaving, abandoning, stopping, and… deserting?!

Sounds awful.

When you hand in your two weeks notice to take up a new role, you can’t help but feel guilty. On one hand, you want to feel excited and proud of yourself for taking the leap and exploring a new opportunity, but on the other hand, you can’t help but feel the judgmental stares of your coworkers at your current company.

How could she give up her role? She’s only just got her foot in the door, how could she give this all up? 

People have not outright said this to me, but I know that this is likely the thought from some of them. For those that know me best, they recognize that the decision to leave is the right one for me, and support it fully (tip for future me: surround yourself with more people like this).

‘Quitting’ a job is never an easy decision. For one, it’s called “quitting”, so right off the bat you feel like you’re a failure in some capacity. But I’m here to tell you that you’re not.

I’m also not going to sit here and tell you that making a change in your career is a fun, easy process — it’s not. It’s some scary sh*t.

Parts of it can be fun, like the thrill of not knowing the conditions of the new trail you’re about to explore, but this can also be extremely frightening at the same time.

What will my new manager be like? How will I get along with my new coworkers? What if I hate it there?

These are valid fears, but they are not reason enough to stop you from going for it. Do you see yourself long-term in your current role or at your current company? If the answer is no, then it’s time to move on!

Am I moving on too quickly? What’s too quickly?

The only person that can be the judge of that is YOU. Don’t let other people tell you that staying in a job for a year or even less is not giving it a fair shot. That’s a judgement you need to make, not a judgement for others. Go with your gut.

I’m not telling you to completely disregard what your brain is saying. Definitely have conversations, weigh your options, make a pros and cons list if you have to! But in the end, your gut always tells you if the decision you’re making is right for you. The brain just helps you to justify it.

So, if you’re thinking about resigning from a job to explore a different path — whether it’s to go back to school, take a new job, or even to start your own business — don’t think about it as ‘quitting’.

You’re not quitting, you’re only just beginning.


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