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5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Corporate Job Right Now

5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Corporate Job Right Now

Working at a big corporation usually gives you stability, fairly good salary and health insurance. You get a limited amount of vacation days and you don’t have to think of work after 5 p.m. Great. But is it really great? Do you wake up happy each morning, and feel that you use your talent and make impact and love what you do? If so, congratulations. You’re one of the 30% of Americans who are engaged at work, compared to the other 70% who are not engaged at work according to recent Gallup study.

If you hate waking up on weekdays, think of quitting your job and wish for the workweek to be over, you should consider your situation and ask yourself if the 40h/week (at least) you spend at work is well-invested time? If your corporate job feels like just a job where you only care about the monthly paycheck, it’s time to leave. There is much more out there to pursue than a paycheck and a corporate logo in your e-mail signature.

Your life is valuable, treat it gently and don’t waste it on something you don’t like. Consider the five reasons below why you should quit your corporate job, and ask yourself if you’re truly satisfied with your job today.

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1. Passion

Ask yourself these three questions:

Are you engaged in your job?

Are you longing to do it?

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Would you do it in your spare time even if you didn’t get paid?

If the answer is no, you’re probably not passionate about the work you do. The one way to do great work is to be passionate about it. If you don’t have the passion, quit, and if you don’t know your passion yet, don’t settle and keep looking. Never settle. You won’t be happy or engaged without the passion, which will lead to poor results with no impact and a life far from its full potential. Passion will make you wake up happy each working day for the rest of your life because you won’t consider it as a working day.

2. Impact

Do you create a positive impact you’re proud of in your current job? Do you deliver authentic value? Or are you just a brick in the wall of the corporate HQ? The results of your work should be visible and valuable; your hard work should be meaningful and make sense. It should deliver value to others or the society. If it doesn’t, there is no point for you to continue doing it. Instead, find your passion and go for it; make your passion your new job. The authentic impact and value you will create will be worth a lot more than your monthly paycheck.

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3. Dreams

In my belief dreams is the essence to our existence. They push humanity forward. Working at a corporate makes it difficult to find time and energy to fulfill your dreams and goals. To do that (if they aren’t related to your workplace) you need to step outside the walls of the golden cage that feed you. You need to see things from new angles, interact with people of different experiences and realize there is more to explore beyond your desk.
If your dream is to become an entrepreneur, but you’re not sure on what business to start, you have to leave the safety net and throw yourself out there to find what you want. Being safe won’t help you achieve your dreams.

4. Freedom

You don’t want to be a millionaire—you want to live like one. Having the freedom of your own destiny and impact, your own schedule, and the possibility to do what excites you and control your own lifestyle. Corporate paychecks and bonuses in your bank accounts won’t let you live your desired lifestyle since you are stuck in the corporate cage and never have time to spend the hard-earned money. Time is a valuable asset that can’t be bought. Be careful with it and use it wisely, preferably on your dreams and passions, and not on a corporate job you don’t care about.

5. Legacy

Nobody will remember you from a big corporation; you’re just an easily replaced number in a money-making factory. After all your hard work and efforts, you want to be remembered and cherished, right? Doing meaningful work that will leave a legacy behind in your name is important because it’s proof of your work and existence. It’s the gratitude to your talents and passions that people will remember forever, and it will be passed on for generations to come. We’re not eternal on this planet (as far as I know), leaving something of authentic value behind for others to enjoy and learn from is the least you can do for yourself.

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If you’re still unsure about your current job situation, try this meaningful quiz to decide if you should quit your job or not.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

I often hear people say, “I want to be successful but don’t know where to start” or “I’ve achieved career success yet I’m not happy.” And then I ask, “what does career success mean to you?” And many have a hard time articulating their response with much conviction.

It’s common that people lack clarity, focus, and direction. And when you layer on thoughts and actions that are misaligned with your values, this only adds to your misdirected quest to achieve your career success.

A word of caution. It’s going to take some time for you to think about and work on your own path for career success. You need to set aside time and be intentional about the steps you take to achieve career success. In my opinion, this step-by-step guide is apart of your life philosophy.

1. Define Career Success for Yourself

Pause. Give yourself time and space for self-reflection.

What does career success mean to you?

This is about defining your career success:

  • Not what you think you ‘should’ do
  • Not what people may think of you
  • Not adjusting to friends and family’s judgements
  • Not taking actions based on societal or community norms

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms” – Zen Shin

When you strip away all your external influences and manage your inner critic, what are you left with? You need to define career success that best suits your life situation.

There’s no fixed answer. Everyone is different. Your answer will evolve and be impacted by life events. Here are a few examples of career success:

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  • Work-life balance
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Feeling valued that my contributions had an impact

Now even as you reflect on the examples above, the descriptions are not specific enough. You’ve got to take it deeper:

  • What do you mean by work-life balance?
  • What do you consider to be opportunities for growth and advancement?
  • How do you like to be recognized for your work? How do you know if your contributions have had an impact?

Let’s take a look at some potential responses to the questions above:

  • I want more time with my family, and less stress at work
  • I want increased responsibilities, to manage a team, a higher income, and the prestige of working at a certain level in the company
  • I’d like my immediate leader to send me a thank-you note or take me out for coffee to genuinely express her or his gratitude. I’ll know I’ve made an impact if I get feedback from my coworkers, leaders and other stakeholders.

Further questions to reflect on to help narrow the focus for the above responses:

  • What are some opportunities that can help you get traction on getting more time with your family? And decrease your stress at work?
  • What’s most important for you in the next 12 months?
  • What’s the significance of receiving others’ feedback?

Now, I’m only scratching the surface with these examples. It takes time to do the inner work and build a solid foundation.

Start this exercise by first asking what career success means to you and then ask yourself meaningful questions to help you dig deeper.

What types of themes emerge from your responses? What keywords or phrases keep coming up for you?

2. Know Your Values

Values are the principles and beliefs that guide your decisions, behaviors and actions. When you’re not aligned with your values and act in a way that conflicts with your beliefs, it’ll feel like life is a struggle.

There are simple value exercises that can help you quickly determine your core values. This one designed by Carnegie Mellon University can help you discover your top 5 values.[1]

Once you have your top 5 values keep them visible. Your brain needs reminders that these are your top values. Here are some ways to make them stick:

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  • Write them on cue cards or notes and post it in your office
  • Take a picture of your values and use it as a screensaver on your phone
  • Put the words on your fridge
  • Add the words on your vision board

Where will your value words be placed in your physical environment so that you have a constant reminder of them?

3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

When writing your short-term and long term life goals, use the SMART framework – Specific Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Treat this as a brainstorming exercise. Your potential and possibilities are limitless.

How you define short-term and long-term is entirely up to you. Short-term can be 30 days, 90 days, or 6 months. Maybe long-term goals are 4 months, 1 year, or 10 years.

Here are a few self-reflection questions to help you write your goals:[2]

  • What would you want to do today if you had the power to make it the way you want?
  • If no hurdles are in the way, what would you like to achieve?
  • If you have the freedom to do whatever you want, what would it be?
  • What type of impact do you want to have on people?
  • Who are the people you most admire? What is it about them or what they have that you’d want for your life or career?
  • What activities energize you? What’s one activity you most love?

Remember to revisit your core values as you refine yours goals:

  • Are your goals in or out of alignment with your core values?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to your goals? Maybe some of your goals can be deleted because they no longer align with your values.
  • How attainable are your goals? Breakdown your goals into digestible pieces.
  • Do your short-term goals move you towards attaining your long-term goals?

Get very clear and specific about your goals. Think about an archer – a person who shoots with a bow and arrows at a target. This person is laser focused on the target – the center of the bullseye. The target is your goal.

By focusing on one goal at a time and having that goal visible, you can behave and act in ways that will move you closer to your goal.

4. Determine Your Top Talents

What did you love doing as a kid? What made these moments fun? What did you have a knack for? What did you most cherish about these times? What are the common themes?

What work feels effortless? What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? Think about work you can lose track of time doing and you don’t even feel tired of it.[3]

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What are your desires? Try it out. Experiment. Take action and start. How can you incorporate more of this type of work into your daily life?

What themes emerge from your responses? How do your responses compare to your responses from the values exercise and your goals?

What do you notice?

5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience

Do you have tendencies to use your head or heart to make decisions?

I have a very strong tendency to make rational, practical, and fact-based decisions using my head. It’s very rare for me to make decisions using my emotions. I was forced to learn how to make more intuitive decisions by listening to my gut when I was struggling with pivotal life decisions. I was forced to feel and listen to my inner voice to make decisions that feel most natural to me. This was very unfamiliar to me, however, it expanded my identity.

Review this list of Feeling Words. Use the same technique you use for the values exercise to narrow down how you want to feel.

Keep these words visible too!

Review your responses. What do you observe? What insights do you gain from these responses and those in the above steps?

6. Be Willing to Sit with Discomfort

Make career decisions aligned with your values, goals, talents and feelings. This is not for the faint hearted. It takes real work, courage and willingness to cut out the noise around you. You’ll need to sit with discomfort for a bit until you build up your muscle to hit the targets you want.

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Surround yourself with a supportive network to help you through these times.

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them” – Rumi

7. Manage Your Own Career

Not to be cynical, but no one can make you happy but yourself. If you don’t take control of your career and manage it like your own business – no one will.

Discern between things that you can control and what you can’t control. For example, you may not be able to control who gets a promotion. However, you can control how you react to it and what you’ve learned about yourself in that situation.

Summing Up

For many who have gone through a career change or been impacted by life events, these steps may seem very basic. However, it’s sometimes the basics that we forget to do. The simple things and moments can edge us closer to our larger vision for ourselves.

Staying present and appreciating what you have today can sometimes help you achieve your long-term goals. For example, if you’re always talking about not having enough time and wanting work-life balance, think about what was good in your work day? Maybe you took a walk outside with your co-workers. This could be a small step to help you reframe how you can attain work-life balance.

Remember to take time for yourself. Hit pause, notice, observe and reflect to achieve career success by getting deliberate and intentional:

  1. Define Career Success for Yourself
  2. Know Your Values
  3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Life and Goals
  4. Determine Your Top Talents
  5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience
  6. Be Willing to sit with Discomfort
  7. Manage Your Own Career

“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

Good luck and best wishes always!

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