It's not what you think, I promise. Failure is not only necessary, but expedient. The only thing standing between where you are and where you want to be is experience. It's the best teacher, and it just so happens that you learn a lot more from the bad then from the good. Related: On Friday, I Quit Google – Here’s Why Look at the light bulb. It took Thomas Edison more than 1,000 tries to get it right. He said it better than I ever could, "the most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time." The mistake we make is stopping and standing by for success. Too afraid to make moves, we wait. What we all fear is failure, and that fear becomes a prison. It holds us hostage, and we rather stay still then shoot for the stars.

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All good things must come to an end. This is especially true for today’s job seekers. The age of golden watches and working for the same company for 30 or 40 years is behind us. Instead, we jump around. Related: 5 Things To Avoid When Breaking Up With Your Boss According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years. Over the last few years, confidence in the US jobs markets has slowly improved, and more Americans feel they can find a better job. There are also more employment choices than ever before, including new fields like renewable energy and mobile technology. And the younger generation refuses to play by the rules. In a quest to find their purpose, Generation Y is turning away from large and profitable corporations to find their passion. There are countless reasons why now is the right time to leave your job, but say good-bye gracefully. Always remember the golden rule of leaving any employer: Don’t burn bridges. Here are a few strategies on how to break up with your boss, the right way.

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Right around now, we’re all making a list and checking it twice. I could do without the cold, but the holidays are the perfect hour to help yourself. All year, we wait for the chance to tell our closest friends and family what we want. This year, I decided to do things differently. Related: Why It’s Absolutely Necessary To Discover Your Passion Instead of focusing on what I might get, I’m considering what I can give. We all have a job to do, a self to become. The purpose of life is to discover your calling. The meaning of life is to answer that call. Pick up and pay it forward. You can only give what you got, but you must know what you have first. This holiday, the greatest gift you can give is yourself. In the context of your career, the only work worth doing comes from a place of enjoyment and expertise. You can only be great at that one thing you’ll sacrifice everything to achieve. On the road to becoming your best self, the most important question you’ll ever ask and answer is this:

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This isn't the first time I quit my job, but it will be the last. Honestly, saying goodbye to Google was supposed to happen a year ago. And six months before that. If you ask my friends, they'll tell you that I'm kidding myself and Google is too good to let go. They're right, but I promise you that this is it. On October 3rd, I quit. QUIZ: Should You Quit Your Job? Is Google all it's cracked up to be? No. It's better. The grass is greenest at the Googleplex, and I don't have to bore you with the perks because they've been documented ad nauseum. I'm willing to bet my stock that no company treats their employees better, but it comes at a cost. My frat brother said something once that stuck with me, "The grass may be greener, but you better believe the water bill is a lot higher!" He was right. Don't get me wrong, I'm dealing with first world problems, but they're problems nonetheless. The challenge with Google, and any great company, is complacency. You sacrifice tomorrow's potential for today's pleasure. Yes, I'm too comfortable (free food and personal masseuses, anyone?) And life is too convenient (chauffeured shuttles with Wi-Fi to work? Yes please!) But we're too young to settle. Be honest: do you love what you do? Probably not because most of us don’t enjoy our 9-to-5. I started on Wall Street and when I tell you I hated life, I HATED LIFE. Anyone that says they enjoy the long hours and indentured servitude that investment banking brings is lying to you. Then again, we lie to ourselves everyday. The idea that you and I were meant to sit and stare at a computer screen all day is just wrong. But the road to what's right is remote. Here's what it takes to quit your high paying job in pursuit of your dreams in a city as expensive as New York: ditching dinner with friends, lots of cheap beer, saving more than you spend, building a business on the side, five hours of sleep a night, no vacations, missing family functions, skipping weekend weddings, moving from Manhattan - and dating? No time, and couldn't afford it anyways. Who wants to do all that? Who wants to give so much not knowing what they'll get?? Who wants to sacrifice everything for the slim chance they could have anything??? Not me, but what I want doesn’t matter. To get this far I learned that there’s a difference between want and need. The secret? Self-control. Building my blog has been my dream, and it's taken more than a days work. It's taken a few years to be in a position to leave my day job and I've been willing to wait. "If you can wait and not be tired by waiting" ~Rudyard Kipling Today’s timing isn’t perfect, and it never will be. You will always need more money and a perfect plan is hard to come by. What I know now is that today will never be the right time to lose the weight, start that business or find a new job. Neither will tomorrow. Delays cast doubt, and you wind up disputing if it even makes sense to begin. YES! Make moves. The reason why is simple: you are the CEO of your life. The decisions you make today will set the course of things to come. Do something today that will pay dividends down the road. I read once that you should do one thing every day that scares you. I can’t remember the last time I pushed past my limits. What I know now is that you’ll never reach your potential until you assume some level of risk. It doesn’t have to be your job, but leave something behind starting today. Stop settling for what’s good enough and make room for what’s great. In time, what will you give up?

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Did you know that the typical job search takes six months? Depending on who you ask, it might take considerably longer. Some experts even believe that it takes one month for every $10,000 you bring home. So, in theory, if you want to earn $60,000 annually you should set aside six months to find your next role. That’s a lot of time. Related: Why Job Search Reminds Me Of Freshman Year Of College There is no output without input, but six months is a long time to wait. Particularly when you're balancing work, family, friends, finances, and other commitments, rarely do you have the time to do something else. Somehow you do what needs to be done because where there's a will there's a way. So, at night, on weekends, and maybe during the down-time at your current job, you hunt. We are motivated by returns on our investment. Problems arise when the fruits of our labor are not realized quick enough. We lose steam. After months of job searching, we give up and we're right where we started. Frustration and burnout are the casualties of typical job searches. Lucky for you, there's no reason why finding a job has to take six months. Sure, anything worth having is worth the wait but why stick around when you can act. In fact, you can get the ball rolling and make considerable progress in just one week.

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