We often talk about following your passion, and doing what you love. But if you already have a stable job, then quitting to follow your dreams may not be the best decisions! In fact, here are some questions you need to ask before giving up your day job. These come from executive coach Steve Tobak:
- Question #1: What’s your goal? Tobak says it’s one thing to quit a job you hate, or that’s killing you with stress. But if you’re thinking about quitting just because you think it’ll be fun to try something new, that’s the wrong reason. It’s also wrong to up and quit because you think you’ll make more money doing something else. If you have no experience or training in your new field, you won’t make more money, no matter how glamorous it seems. Even if your friend is making a mint, that doesn’t guarantee that you will too. So, what’s the right reason to quit? Because you’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t try something. If you’ve always wanted to try a new career, but you never had the guts, then go for it. Just be realistic about the sacrifices you may have to make. You may need to start at the bottom, and you may fail. If you’re okay with that, then quit.
- Question #2: Does the new job fit the REAL you? In other words, don’t try to be what you’re not – because if you don’t like flying, then you should never apply to be a flight attendant! Tobak says make sure you’re not looking for a job to change who you are. Instead, a career change should cater to your strengths and bring out the best in you that was already there.
- Question #3: Am I passionate about solving a problem? Tobak says to be a successful entrepreneur, don’t go searching for a new idea – find a problem that piques your interest, and find a new way to solve it. Because you’ll be more successful if you’re offering a solution that nobody else has thought of.