Struggling with Work, with Link Love for Job Quitting posts
The fact is that I haven’t been happy in the job for awhile, after I went from being a software engineer to managing a department for almost a year now.
It has become a sort of grind. I drag myself to work only to end up enduring endless meetings and political struggles – that often leaves little room for 1st level manager’s decision making anyway. My drive to getting work done is often met with the stone wall of red tape.
With projects involving teams in timezone across the globe, I would dial into conference call early morning, lunch time, and in evening.
Big customers frequently with sudden, difficult demands on the team. A side effect of a technology, information age where people have less and less patience and tolerance.
I get so stressed that I can feel the blood going through my body and the effect of cortisol and other ‘bad’ hormones that’s distinctly making my body feel physically weaker.
Part of struggle has to do with a toxic corporate culture that has particularly grown in my organization. Plea for changes just falls on deaf ears. The other part of it is the manifestation of my INFJ Myers-Briggs type. I am seeing the unfairness and pettiness in-my-face now and that is difficult for me to ignore. At the same time, I am getting overstimulated due to the constant stress and demands from managing the many simultaneous situations/projects/teams.
To provide a little more background, I had been with the company now for over 8 years since before I graudated with my master. I had made some really good friends. In fact, I was able to work with one closely who had also greatly influenced me in many aspects in life until I started this new position. So although the new job had made me see new perspective and grow in different ways, the feeling of “going at it alone” does not help also.
Because of what goes on for work, I am left with less energy to do what I like outside of it. This makes me more unhappy. This is not good. It is a bad stress feedback loop. Mentally and slowly physically, work is running me over.
I can continue in the job and just suck it up. Many people out there are unhappy with their jobs and are doing that. It is a noble thing to do in order to provide for yourself and the family. I just find myself asking myself the question, “at what cost?”
This reminds me of this bit attributed to Dalai Lama:
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Consequently, fantasy of quitting had appeared, as many of you can relate. Something needs to change.
I scoured the internet and found many others’ wisdom on this topic. Apparently I am not alone! In fact, we have a crowd…
- 10 Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job from James Altucher
- 10 More Reasons You Need to Quit Your Job Right Now from James Altucher
- 10 Reasons Why You Have to Quit Your Job This Year from James Altucher
- Why Do People Hate Their Jobs from James Altucher
- All Jobs Suck from Mark Biernat
- Corporate America Sucks from Mark Biernat
- Wanting Out from Medicinesux
- No More McJobs from Monevator
- I handed in my Two Weeks Notice from Retire by 40
- How I Quit My Job, and What I Plan to Do Nextfrom Invest it Wisely
- Top 10 Reasons to Quit Your Soul Sucking Job from Bryce Christiansen, Careertopia
- The Scariest Time of My Life: The Story of the Day I Quit My Job from Escape the Mundane + Experience the Remarkable
- I Quit My Six Figure Corporate Job, Slamming The Door Behind from Christina Simon’s Blog
- Top 8 Reasons to Quit your Job to Enjoy Life and the World from Escape Normal
- I Quit My Job from Beating Broke
- How to quit corporate life from A Different Kind of Work from Christine at A Different Kind of Work
- 6 Things I Learned From Quitting My Job from Tom Ewer
- Quit Your Job, Work At Home, Save Some Money, Or What The Hell Was I Thinking? from My Two Dollars
- Yup, I Quit My 9-5 Job Today! from Explore for a Year
Currently I am weighing other internal opportunities at work.
On the other hand, many signs are saying to me to “get out!”. Perhaps it is time for me to make the jump… A scary jump but a jump that would allow me to write more here, explore my love of photography and maybe even my dream of owning a coffee shop that embodies my love of inner peace.
Many would discourage out-right quitting but maybe that is what I need. Put myself up back against the wall and get scared. Get really scared so something good can grow from it.
Even though my job performance is still good but with me just turning 30, asking for a sabbatical could be a good option.
So… how many of you out there are in similar situation with work? What are you considering?
Finally, I want to thank My Money Blog for sharing Stefan Sagmeister’s TED Talk – The power of time off – that got me thinking about a sabbatical, which I will leave you with.