In Praise of Quitting Your Job

I’ve worked for a handful of companies over the course of the last 6 years. I started all of them with a fair amount of enthusiasm, but within 5 months of each I dipped into a depression. By 7 months the work was having a tangible effect on my mood and outlook, and by nine months, I’ve quit almost every job I’ve held. The longest was 12 months at [Redacted], and that was only because I wanted my options to vest. I handed them my resignation on my 366th day.

I’ve come to terms with my own inherent work issues simply by recognizing that my weaknesses in one context are strengths in another. When I am able to own a project or product, I work hard and I work well, and I like to believe it shows in the results. Not everyone can do this. Not everyone is willing to spend stupid amounts of hours on a project simply because they believe in it. This is worth recognizing.

via Ben Pieratt’s Blog In Praise of Quitting Your Job.

4 thoughts on “In Praise of Quitting Your Job”

  1. I think the dipping of enthusiasm is pretty normal after a while. Its like going to a new city, while everything is new, one get to explore alot, has enthusiasm to travel around and see, once thats over, life gets normal, closer to a monotone. In other words, its like the honeymoon. This happens in jobs more frequently when the work is repetitive (that kills creativity).
    Anyway, its a good post to motivate people to get out of situations that they do not like.

  2. I think the dipping of enthusiasm is pretty normal after a while. Its like going to a new city, while everything is new, one get to explore alot, has enthusiasm to travel around and see, once thats over, life gets normal, closer to a monotone. In other words, its like the honeymoon. This happens in jobs more frequently when the work is repetitive (that kills creativity).
    Anyway, its a good post to motivate people to get out of situations that they do not like.

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