"Every man must know when it's time to move on."
How do you know when it's time to quit?
More than anything, when I talk to readers, clients and friends about their careers, the biggest challenge they face is figuring out when you know it's time to leave.
For many, it's so hard to know when to jump or if you should at all. So much so, they get paralyzed.
Do you ever wonder if the work you're doing, the career you have, the way you spend 75% of every day, is worth your time? Ever curious if there's something else that would fire you up a bit more?
Well I think I have the answer.
Let's start with a personal story.
Four years ago my wife quit her career in corporate PR to pursue her passion for yoga, fitness and nutrition. She went off and got certified to teach yoga, do personal training and started teaching folks about what to put into their bodies through her classes and blog (for the health nuts out there, you gotta check out here vegetarian/vegan cooking and recipe blog, Food-LifeBalance
. I'm her dedicated taste tester and definitely not complaining ;)).
She also recently got a sweet gig helping a fellow Living Legend and fitness fanatic manage a chain of workout studios. Last night we went out to celebrate (Congrats Chelsea!). As we drove she remembered back to her couple years in the PR industry. She vividly recalled that she always knew she never wanted to have her boss's life.
It was nothing against her superiors (who were actually great people), but for whatever reason, she just never wanted to be in those shoes.
Fast forward a couple years, and one massive career shift later, she noticed that from day one teaching at her new fitness studio, she found herself admiring her boss and the role she had - inspired by the responsibility she was given, the way she got to help people and her genuine excitement for what she was doing.
Two years later my wife has just about that same role and it's appearing to be everything she imagined. She admired the work her boss did & the life she lived, and it inspired her to operate on an entirely new level.
I can't say the results surprise me (of course I'm a tad biased), but this did get me thinking...
It turns out I have a sure fire way to figure out whether you should stay or go.