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4 Signs You Should Leave Your Job

We've all been there. We've experienced the feeling of dread, battling traffic as we drive to and from work. The lack of sleep Sunday night as your mind spins, thinking of ways to get out work the next day. Constantly wishing you were doing something else, anything else…


...yet never feeling 100% clear that you're meant to leave your job and find something else. After all, other people at work seem happy. You earn a decent living, and you've got a roof over your head because of that job.

Now, I'm going to give you the four simple signs that you should get a better job. But first, here's a bonus tell-tale sign: If you're reading this article and got this far, you probably deserve a better job. The fact that you're reading this tells me there's some part of you that knows you can do better.

Yet, just for fun, let's go through the four tell-tale signs you should get a better job:

You're Doing What You 'Should' Do

Female employee looking unhappy with the work she has at her desk and deciding whether she should find a new job.

Ever feel like you're constantly doing things you 'ought to do' instead of what you want to do? If the real reason you're working is to appease your parents, impress your friends, or do what you think your great-great grandfather would want you to do, then you're not being true to yourself, and you'll eventually snap. It's time to tune into what you want in life, and take steps today to pursue it.

You're Incredibly Bored At Work

Young man looking bored at his desk and deciding whether he should get another job.

There's a difference between doing the occasional boring task during an otherwise enjoyable work week and working an entire job that you're bored with. If you're daydreaming of better things to escape the mind-numbing boredom, then it's time to make those dreams come true.

Your Co-Workers Bring You Down

Young professional upset at his desk while his co-worker yells at him.

People around us have a huge impact on our life, often much more than we realize. So, if you don't get along with your team, find yourself picking up bad habits from your co-workers, or just can't wait to get away from them…then that's a pretty good sign the grass is greener elsewhere.

You Say 'No' To This Question Too Many Days In A Row

Young professional woman looking stressed at her job, debating whether she should look for a new job.

Here's the really big, final, decisive sign. It's from Steve Jobs' famous Stanford commencement speech, and it goes like this: "When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." Powerful, isn't it?

Your Next Steps...

These tell-tale signs may have helped you come to terms with the fact that it's time for a change. Yet, as you likely know, figuring that out is the easy part. The much more difficult part is gaining the clarity on what to do, and the courage to do it. These are massive topics that I won't get into here, but I'll leave you with two of my favorite guiding questions to help you get started:

  1. If you knew that you only had 5 years to live, what would you do?
  2. If you had an endless supply of money, what would you do?

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This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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