When you decide to quit your job, it’s important that you ask yourself why you want to leave the corporate world. A lot of times, we don’t realize that we make decisions to live up to other people’s expectations. We think too much about our parents, peers, colleagues and bosses.
For heaven’s sake, do yourself a favor and decide because you want to do it for yourself.
Deciding to tender your resignation doesn’t happen overnight. The goal is to find out if you are completely, wholeheartedly and 100% ready to say yes to it. No more dilly dally! When that happens, the rest will be easy and the things that you will hear from other people wouldn’t and shouldn’t matter.
I made a list of the remarks I heard from people after I dropped the bomb of leaving the corporate world. Take note, I quoted them verbatim.
1. “I always saw you as a long-term employee.”
Was that a compliment or not? I did not ask. I wondered if there is a big sign on my forehead that says “Employee Forever”. Honestly, after college, I thought I wanted to pursue the corporate ladder, but everything changed when I realized what I really want to do. There is nothing wrong with changing plans especially if you do it to be more true to yourself.
2. “You were a good soldier.”
This came from a dear friend. He said that he couldn’t imagine my previous team without me. According to him, I was a workhorse and a performer. Don’t be deceived. It was a friend’s opinion! But seriously, I owe my work ethics, drive, and discipline to the corporate world. It made me a “good soldier”, but I wanted to be more than just a soldier. I wanted to be a general who leads armies.
3. “You don’t even know what’s out there.”
Exactly. I wanted to find out. I did not wish to get stuck in my cubicle daydreaming about the adventures waiting for me outside. It scared the hell out of me, especially that I was aware of the limitations of my knowledge and skills. I entered a whole new world to unlearn some of the old corporate stuff and learn new real life lessons. There is so much to learn and experience outside the corners of my cubicle.
4. “You are throwing away a very good opportunity.”
This was a killer! It was the hardest to take. When you are put in a job where you love the people around you and you’re okay with the work, most likely you’d feel torn about leaving. Again, self-inquiry is important. Ask if the corporate path is the journey you want to embark on. If not, be grateful for the opportunity then walk away.
5. “You gave up too easily.”
Hands up! Some people thought that I found the job too demanding. They blamed my young and rebel heart from resisting the corporate world. For the record, I did not feel the need to explain and defend my decision to leave. I have my reasons. During my last week in the company, I asked myself one last time if it was really what I wanted. In silence, I found the same answer. Before I completely let go of my job, I was fully aware of what I was about to let go and turn away from.
Conscious about what other people are going to say?
It shouldn’t matter.