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To Quit or Not to Quit?

I started working out of high school. well I’ve been working since I could at 15, my first job was at Joann fabrics and crafts and I seriously loved it. I was super into scrapbooking at the time, it was actually my senior project (I got 100%. obviously still proud of that accomplishment.) then I started babysitting for my neighbor, “nannying” if you will, once I graduated. then in addition to those jobs, I got a third one at a local restaurant as a hostess/salad expediter. yes that was my title. I had no serving experience and still don’t. which I’m starting to regret ever so slightly because: I’m going to quit my job. there, I said it.

I juggled three jobs after graduation bc I had no idea what I wanted to go to school for, I didn’t even apply to college (not something I would ever suggest.) I caught a break when the bank my dad works out was hiring a bunch of referrals. my sister also got a job, and I’ve been with the company ever since. four years and three months to be exact. I make good money, I have benefits and a 401k with four weeks vacation. oh and I’m on a 7-330 shift Monday through Friday. I have it GOOD

I was inspired to write this post after reading morningmojoblog.wordpress.com‘s blog the other day about how she was laid off. I commented that I was fortunately not laid off, but I feel like I have lost my job in a way because we are changing lines of business. the company I’m with is turning our location into a collections office. 

so I’m in quite the predicament. I’ve been struggling the last few days whether to stick it out or search for other options – it’s hard to take a pay cut! but if there is a time in my life for me to do so, it would be now. this may be the perfect opportunity and the push I need to fully commit to being a Trainer. I’m highly considering going to full time at the gym I work at. it’s scary though. there are so many variables! and the bank is all I know; I’ve been very spoiled with a structured schedule and I’m honestly not sure how I will do without one. then again, how will I know if I don’t try?

I’ve applied to a handful of other places, some in the line of business I want to be in, others that I can use my bank experience as an advantage and another application in sales. so we will see what I decide, but I know deep down collections is not for me. it takes a certain personality type and tough skin to be successful in collections, and I avoid confrontation at all costs. I’m a very positive person but the idea of collecting money from people makes my stomach hurt.

I have a lot to think about and many things to consider! there are a few people I need to talk to like my manager at the gym and my financial advisor. my initial thought when I heard about the new job I would be trained for was to walk out the door, (I’m not that impulsive!) but I know the best thing to do is to weigh every option. 

have you been in a similar situation? please comment your personal experiences or words of encouragement. I appreciate the support!

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9 thoughts on “To Quit or Not to Quit?

  1. I would say go with your gut but I also know how difficult it is to make it successfully as a trainer. It’s a rock and a hard place, for sure. I quit my job once to train full time and hit a really rough spell and lost three clients in one month and that was it. I had to turn around and start from square one. I’m not as dedicated to it as you though I think. The truth is you have to ask yourself what is more important, job security and the easy way or doing what you love and the hard way. To rob Harry Potter of a great line, you have to choose between what is easy and what is right. Best of luck to you. Either way you will rise to the occasion. Trust in yourself.

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  2. Years ago, when I said my friends and family I was quitting my job to start my own self-employed business, everybody said I was crazy to leave a well paid job with security, pension and the likes to start doing something really risky. Then a year or so later, I set up my own company with 2 friends and after a couple of months, we almost went bankrupt, and did not pay ourselves for 6 months to save the company, which we did. The whole point i want to make here is if you feel you need to quit because your job does not make you happy or want to “risk” doing something you enjoy more, you should do it. Ask you the simple following question: If I quit now, will I regret it in a year from now? And listen to the first answer that comes to your mind, it’s usually the right one. Once you’ve chosen, be all in and do not look behind! Hope it helps.

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  3. The main question to ask is: what will your reaction be when things go hard? So I’d add to Mark’s question: If I quit my bank job now, take on the Trainer job and it goes bad (like Mark mentions the 6 months without payment) will I still be happy that I stepped out and tried despite the trouble right now.
    I found it very scary to step out of my secure job and ‘go for it’ – but it’s been worht while – not because I’m financially secure (I still am not), but it has given other rewards.

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    1. that’s a good way to think of it! I have a lot to consider so thank you for that perspective. money isn’t everything and I would hate to make the wrong decision based on that.. thanks again for your insight!

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