I wasn’t ready for these 5 truths about quitting your job when I finally resigned from my teaching job. I had watched a million YouTube videos. I had listened to all the podcasts. I had read every book Jon Acuff ever wrote. I had checked, double-checked, and quadruple-checked my finances. But I still wasn’t ready.
Things Nobody Tells You About Quitting
1. It isn’t like the movies.
Quitting your job is unlikely to be anything like what you see in the movies. You aren’t going to march into your boss’s office and shout your resignation. You aren’t going to dance while you pack your things from your desk. You aren’t going to peel out of the parking lot and leave the building in a cloud of smoke after your final shift. This is real life and quitting isn’t like the movies.
2. Nobody cares as much as you do.
You can have the most supportive people in your life, but no one cares about you quitting your job as much as you do. The day you submit your notice and your final day at work are ordinary days to the rest of the world.
Your partner might have a bad day at work, your best friend might have car trouble, you might get into an argument with your Dad. While leaving your job may be the biggest thing in your world at the moment, you can’t expect it to be the biggest thing in everyone else’s.
3. You don’t have it all figured out.
You might think that you know exactly what happens next, but you probably don’t. It’s critical to have goals and plans and they will get you started in the right direction; however, it’s equally important to be flexible. The next steps may not pan out exactly as you had imagined, and that’s okay.
This is especially true if you are going from a traditional 9 to 5 type job to self-employment. Figuring out your own schedule takes time. Deciding what tasks are most important takes trial and error. Trust the process while creating your new routine.
4. It doesn’t fix everything.
Quitting your job is not going to magically solve all your problems. Your car is still going to make that weird noise, your cat is still going to do that thing he does, and your partner is still going to wish you would stop watching 2 hours of TikTok before bed every night.
In fact, quitting your job is going to create new problems. It will create uncertainty and stress and it will disrupt your routine. Stop romanticizing the idea that everything will be better once you quit your job, because it won’t.
5. You are going to question your decision.
Even though you’ve probably spent months (or years) planning for your exit strategy, you are going to question your decision when you quit. You may miss your colleagues, or the benefits, or the security your old job gave you. You will question whether you truly exhausted every option before leaving. You will wonder if you made the best choice.
Try your best to not let the overthinking overshadow your decision. You quit. You finally did the thing. Now, what’s next?
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