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7 unmistakable Signs it’s Time to Quit your Job
When we talk about personal finance there are two things we are always looking at, our revenue and our liabilities. Revenue is the money coming in, and liabilities are what goes out. One of my goals is to help you create a huge gap between the two; because that’s what you get to keep. For most people revenue comes from a career that involves working for someone else. Today I want to talk about your current position and how to spot some of the signs that it might be time to find a new one.
1. The Titanic is Sinking
There are a lot of causes for a company’s failings, but the last thing you want to do is stick around to see how it’s all going to play out. Rumors of layoffs don’t usually appear out of thin air. They start to surface after company budget reports tank and management starts meeting behind closed doors. You don’t need a tinfoil hat to imagine what is happening in those meetings. Upper Management is blaming everyone but themselves for the position they are currently in, while simultaneously putting in place a plan to layoff everyone except Upper Management. So don’t be a moron… If it looks like a duck…
2. Your Manager doesn’t like You
Ever get that sneaky suspicion your boss just isn’t that into you? Well it may not be in your head; sometimes personalities clash, and this can lead to miscommunication. It doesn’t really matter why or how it happened, if your boss doesn’t respect you things are going to be hard going. You can certainly try and repair the issue, but it might just be a sign that you need to find a new manager. On the other hand… if you have a terrible manager at every single job you go to… Perhaps it’s not them. Hmmmm.
3. There’s no Room for Growth
As with most things in life, strategic long term thinking is paramount to success. You should always be planning 5 minutes, 5 months, and 5 years down the road. If it looks like you no longer have a reasonable chance at promotion inside your company, that’s an obvious sign you need to look outside of the company to make it happen.
4. You hate getting up
If you have developed calloused fingertips from hitting the snooze on your alarm so much…. You’ve been given a hint. Ever notice how when you were a kid you always had to drag your self out of bed to go to school… yet on Christmas morning you flew out of bed? It’s like that… and it’s your sign.
5. Your ethics don’t match the company
Often a company’s main goal is shareholder earnings; sometimes this means doing things you find unethical. People of high moral character should match themselves with companies of the same flock. If for example you’re a long-time PETA supporter, you may find yourself in constant struggle with your job over at We-Club-Baby-Seals.com. If you are finding yourself constantly upset with your company’s moral decisions, you aren’t likely to ever work passionately to fulfill those decisions. This may be your sign to find a company that matches your ethics.
6. You have a bad reputation
Look, it happens. Maybe you went through a rough patch for whatever reason and created a bad name for yourself at work. Maybe you missed a bunch of work for personal reasons and everyone thinks you’re a slacker. Maybe you made some epic mistakes that you feel you will be judged for forever. It’s not the end of the World. The truth is that most likely whatever it is that happened, it actually made a you a wiser person, because the struggle is how we learn best. So while your current employer or co-workers may never appreciate this newly found wisdom of yours, your new employer will.
7. The Passion is Gone
You used to look forward to coming in every morning, you used to enjoy the projects you worked on and the role you played. But now you sit at your desk staring at a countdown clock you installed on your phone that tells you how long you have until retirement. 31 years, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 5 seconds……… 31 years, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 4 seconds. That’s no way to live! But that is your sign.
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C.J. is the blogger behind the Vow of Practicality. “Let’s grow your wealth, increase your productivity, and maximize your happiness.”