How And Why I Quit A Job That’s Been Good To Me

How I quit my job

 

Two weeks ago, I talked to my boss in private, and with a shaky voice I told him, “I’m resigning.”

 

I am pretty sure he wasn’t expecting it especially that he and the company have been so good to me, and I was one of his employees who truly believes in his vision.

 

And nothing has changed. I still believe in my boss (now, ex-boss) and his company. But it’s time to believe in me, too.

 

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When you search for stories on quitting a job, almost all of their reasons are about toxic environments and asshole bosses, which is actually a more than enough reason on why you should quit, yes.

 

But quitting a job that’s been amazing?

 

Now that’s rare, so here’s one.

 

Just a little overview of my career background: I am in my early 20’s and I have already worked for 3 companies. The first one was a publishing company for my internship. The next one was a marketing company for charities where I was a content writer and partnerships associate. But because of financial instability, I had to resign. I was there for 6 months.

 

The last one is this company. It’s a luxury specialist company and I was their social media manager, media coordinator, and only content writer.

 

Now, my top deal breaker in accepting a job offer is the work environment, and let me just say that this company made me feel so at home. Maybe it was because it was still in its startup phase (they have been operating for only 4 years) but everyone there was so close together and understanding of each other’s time and responsibilities.

 

My boss (the CEO), is a great leader. He kept on including me whenever he has some new plans and strategies to pursue. He presented me with opportunities and connections that made me step out of my comfort zone. My workmates are all amazing. We were like this huge group of friends who are always having lunch together and sometimes going out at night for some happy hour drinks.

 

It’s a dream job come true as one would say.

 

However, on my 8th month in the company, I was unsatisfied, unfulfilled, and unmotivated. I was writing about things and topics that I don’t believe in and really have no interest in. I was writing about luxury stuff that I don’t even have and will never plan on having. I meet people and fake a smile while pretending I have a clue about what they’re talking about.

 

This new watch collection? A new Maserati launch? More foreign brands I don’t know about and have no interest in?

 

I was trying to be someone else for 8 months. Every day. It was tiring and mentally draining.

 

But I couldn’t quit in just 8 months. I was made to believe that quitting jobs for less than a year can give off a bad impression to future employers.

 

Add to this that I was at my first job for only 6 months, I was scared that I won’t be getting into a better company in the future.

 

On my ninth month, I was utterly burnt out. My creative juices are nearly drained and I was feeling more like a robot – wake up, go to work, write and research for more articles, go home, sleep, repeat.

 

It is also then that I accepted the fact that I want to do more. That I can do more. I have a lot of things and topics I want to write about, so maybe working for only one company isn’t really for me.

 

I really wanted to dip my toes in freelance writing then and there.

 

But then, another opportunity was presented to me. My boss wanted me to go overseas with him and another workmate for a business trip. He was ready to spend an insane amount of money on me even if I was working for him for only less than a year.

 

Maybe it was guilt or my anxiety (again), but I couldn’t decline. I just told myself, “Suck it up. At least try to last for 2 years.” I am given all these opportunities so maybe I really am meant to be here… right?

 

Apparently, fate loves playing with me.

 

My boss got into some booking complications which resulted in him canceling our flight and our trip. And boy did I grab that sign like a hungry kid.

 

I thought, okay, this is it. I’ll finish this month then I’ll hand in my resignation. I guess 10 months would be fine, right?

 

Yes, I was still thinking about the look of my freaking résumé after. Not my proudest moment.

 

However, before I even got to the end of the month, I was given the last straw.

 

I was given a raise.

 

I know people are supposed to feel ecstatic about getting a salary raise. I am too, believe me, but my guilt trumps my happiness. It was then that I decided that I should let them stop investing in me when I know I don’t see myself as part of the company in the near future anymore.

 

They deserve someone who has the heart and motivation to do the job.

 

At the same time, I deserve a life and a career path where I feel satisfied and not burnt out to the point that I’ll hate what I love.

 

Related Read: I Followed A Career Path Different From What Others Wanted For Me

 

So earlier than planned, I finally did the thing that I should have done 2 months ago.

 

Two weeks ago, I finally gave my resignation letter.

 

Two weeks ago, I cried when my boss asked me why I was resigning. I sobbed when I said that I am still trying to navigate my way through life. I told him I don’t want to be restricted in a box because then, I wouldn’t truly know who I am and what I want to do.

 

I told him I am going to try freelance writing.

 

I trust my writing and I know I can do so much more with it.

 

He told me he will support me and his office doors are always open for me.

 

I spent two months with hundreds of doubts and countless what if’s, but it was also two months of self-discovery and self-improvement. It wasn’t my proudest moment but I don’t regret it at all.

 

What’s the point of this story, you ask?

 

I just want you to realize the importance of self-fulfillment and putting your happiness first. You will grow, I assure you, but it’s best to let yourself grow at your own time and speed.

Doubts may cloud your decision but I want you to not lose your goal: you.

 

This is your life and you should be living it the way you want it to. Trust your instincts and always go for what’s best for you. You are your own priority and no one will give you the happiness and satisfaction you deserve but you.

 

So now, I have two more weeks before I end my turnover period.

 

Two more weeks before I can finally start over and start better.

 

I can’t wait.

Krisy started Kronicles with the aim to inspire and empower. If she is not motivating people through her written words, she's either pretending she doesn't have social anxiety, petting random dogs, or watching the sunset.

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32 Comments
  • Zakia Chanell
    February 5, 2019

    This article really inspired me. I feel like I’m always doing what society expects me to do because of its standards. After reading this, I’m going to stick to my writing.

    • kronicles
      February 6, 2019

      When you think about it, society really has no say in who we are and what makes us happy. Keep on writing!

  • Olivia gilbert
    February 5, 2019

    Great post. I also had a job that made me unhappy, so I quit. Now I live in Grenada and will be here for a few months. when I get home to the states I will work on searching for a career and finding the right job. I want to do something that makes me feel fulfilled, like anyone else. We should all be able to try and follow our dreams. I’ve had people discourage this in favor of sticking with a soul sucking job that pays well, but we can’t let those people get us down.

    • kronicles
      February 6, 2019

      Yes, yes, yes! Good luck in your search for the right job, Olivia! Always do and choose what makes you happy.

  • Stacie
    February 11, 2019

    I love this! Just because it’s time to move on doesn’t mean you’re moving on from a terrible place. I have a very similar story. I had a good job with no drama, but I knew I could do more.

    • kronicles
      February 12, 2019

      Cheers to us! <3

  • Subhashish Roy
    February 11, 2019

    I loved reading your story and feel you have taken the right decision.I too 6 years back left a handsomely paying job with a chauffeur driven car, a fat bonus every year to pursue my dreams.And I am so happy today.

    • kronicles
      February 12, 2019

      Thank you for sharing your story, too! And I am glad you have found your happiness <3

  • Emily
    February 11, 2019

    You have to do what’s best for you! You have your whole life ahead of you. You will find the right one!

    • kronicles
      February 12, 2019

      Thank you so much for this <3

  • Sara Welch
    February 11, 2019

    You only get one life; live it to the fullest! I am glad you discovered what makes you happy and made a change.

    • kronicles
      February 12, 2019

      True! Cheers to us!

  • Marcie W.
    February 12, 2019

    It’s important to remember that money isn’t everything. Your happiness and a feeling of accomplishment are far more valuable. How wonderful that you were strong enough to make the right decision.

    • kronicles
      February 12, 2019

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read <3

  • Terri Steffes
    February 12, 2019

    My dad stayed with the same job for over 20 years, not because he liked it or felt fulfilled by it, but because he was able to provide for us three kids and our mom. His fulfillment came from nature, the Bible and his family. Things are really different now!

    • kronicles
      February 12, 2019

      That’s really interesting to hear as this is also the case with my mom! I think as long as you don’t have any responsibilities yet, you can still go and do whatever you want as long as you have the leisure and time 🙂

  • Shahrom Martijn
    February 12, 2019

    Thank you for writing this. I am sharing this with my friends who are contemplating whether to leave their toxic jobs. Keep on pursuing your dreams.

    • kronicles
      February 12, 2019

      Thank you so much for reading! <3

  • artchee
    February 12, 2019

    I admire your courage for taking the leap. If it were me, I’ll have a very difficult time of leaving the job.

    • kronicles
      February 12, 2019

      Thank you! Trust me, it took me forever to finally have that courage lol

  • Ave
    February 12, 2019

    I’m glad you found the courage to keep fighting for what’s best for you and what you really want! I think we all should try to find a job that fulfills us.

    • kronicles
      February 13, 2019

      Absolutely, Ave! Thank you for reading!

  • Diana
    February 12, 2019

    At the end of the day if you are unsatisfied and unfulfilled it well eventually show and that good on you to walk away when the time was right.

    • kronicles
      February 13, 2019

      Yes! And I believe the company deserves better than a mediocre work output.

  • Vanessa Delia
    February 12, 2019

    I can’t say that I quit on good terms with my last job. However, I’ve had a couple that were under wonderful terms and those feel much better than the negative experiences.

    • kronicles
      February 13, 2019

      Those experiences shape who you are today as a strong person. Thanks so much for reading!

  • emman damian
    February 12, 2019

    I think it’s all about growth and changes in life. Sometimes, we just need a fresh start! 🙂

    • kronicles
      February 13, 2019

      We truly do. Thanks for reading!

  • Lora Frost
    February 15, 2019

    Way to be true to yourself. Not many people have that courage. The right thing will come to you and you will do great. Best wishes in your future endeavors!

    • kronicles
      February 17, 2019

      Thank you so much, Lora!

  • Sharon Wu
    February 16, 2019

    i can totally relate to your post and experience babe, as i also quit a job that was good to me but I was looking for something more and wanting to work for myself! best decision ever!

    • kronicles
      February 17, 2019

      Ahh! Cheers to us! <3

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