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quitting a job you love

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In a workplace world where so many professionals are unhappy, unsure, or unemployed, why would I even bring up the concept of QUITTING a job that someone loves? Isn’t this counter-intuitive?

While it may seem absurd, you have to ask yourself WHY you love your job. Do you love it for the right reasons – reasons that nurture your career and position you for future success? Or do you love it for reasons that aren’t necessarily going to help you long-term – things like comfort in doing the job, security, or simply the people you work with (the power of which should never be underestimated, but likewise should never be the only reason to stay in a job!)?

Here’s a great testimonial from Jana Axline, a woman who loved her job and was on track to move up the ladder, but then decided to quit because she realized it didn’t necessarily align with her long-term vision. She calls out five reasons when it’s time to quit your job, even if you love it:

  1. When the job no longer fits the vision you have for your career.
  2. When you identify a gap in your toolkit that can’t be filled where you are.
  3. When you are no longer growing or your job is so easy you are becoming complacent.
  4. When you and the company no longer have value alignment.
  5. When you’ve outgrown your company.

Jana goes much more in depth on each of these reasons, so I recommend you read her story for more context and insight.

Have you ever considered quitting a job that you love? What has held you back?