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Have you ever quit a job on a whim?

By Toni Bowers ·
It's a fact of life that you should never quit a job until you have another one lined up. But have you ever been so unhappy that you've just had to walk away from a job before you have your ducks in a row? If so, what were the career repercussions? Did it end up being the right thing to do or the wrong thing to do?

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Define whim

by JamesRL In reply to Have you ever quit a job ...

Have I left a job before I had another job lined up - yes once.

I was working for a small Mac dealer in the late 80s. The owner started to spend less and less time at the dealership, and the staff became somewhat disgruntled. They started to leave. The owner really didn't seem to care. Business went downhill and there came a point where he didn't have the cash to pay me. He offered me a computer instead. I made that my sign to leave without having something else lined up. I got another job in two weeks.

Had zero impact on my career.


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At least a half dozen times.

by Oz_Media In reply to Define whim

Any employer I have worked for knows I will up and walk out the door at any time if I don't like the way things are going.

If I get fed up with a company, for any reason, I'm out the door. I don't have patience to waste my time working for someone who can't appease me.

I have quit because I wanted to go camping and was told someone else booked the day off. I just said goodbye and left.

I quit one job because it was sunny and teh beach was calling (good job, nice company but a VERY nice sunny day and I wasn't interested in working).

I quit another after a year just because I was bored of working there.

You can ALWAYS find a new job, it's not that hard. I select careers based on what I'm into at any given time. if I want to be in IT, I will get a job in IT. If I want to work hard and sweat out a living, I will go fix cars, frame houses or whatever. If I don't want to work I will take a few months off and then decide where I want to work after that. Other time I find i get bored of working and fall back into teh music biz full time again.

I sure as heck am not about to dedicate my life's work to fulfilling someone else's dream though.

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I syndrome

by jcorbettesc In reply to At least a half dozen tim ...

Sounds like you have a nasty case of the I syndrome!
throughout your whole reply couldn't help but notice the IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII. Would have to agree on your last sentence though!

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That wasn't very clever at all

by Oz_Media In reply to I syndrome

Due to past experience and study, I understand psychology very well, the observation you have noticed has a reason but you are looking at it in the correct context.

I was not offering conversation, in which case I would have had an obsession of speaking about myself. In that case I was speaking of personal experience, which is what the thread calls for. therefore, I is going to be the main pronoun used.

But you a fair attempt at clever psychological observation all the same.

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Why I wasn't so bothered about being fired ...

by Too Old For IT In reply to At least a half dozen tim ...

... from my first IT gig.

"I sure as heck am not about to dedicate my life's work to fulfilling someone else's dream though."

I should have that put on a plaque.

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The old definition of success.

by Oz_Media In reply to Why I wasn't so bothered ...

Success is defined as; the progressive realization of a worthwhile dream.

WORTHWHILE being the operative word of course.

Seeing soemone else achieve THEIR worthwhile dream and success, is not exactly what I consider a worthwhile career.

So why woul di dedicate MY time and energy into seeing someone else win?

Forget it, unless the dream is worthwhile to ME, you will only get what you pay for, and that doesn't include marryig my job. If someone else's dream looks more attractive to me, I'm gone, buh-bye.

Unless the dream is mine, you will only ever get a hired employee that will always look after himself first.

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I have, and others

by w2ktechman In reply to The old definition of suc ...

I have walked out on 2 jobs 'on a whim' before. no problems or reprocussions that I can think of.

Similarly, I was 'let go' once, and I was soooo releived that it wasnt until I was almost halfway home when I realized that I had to start looking for a job.
I dreaded going in every day, cause I was going to get a lot of crap from the boss, which decided that no matter what I did, it was always wrong. Out of the 3 months working there I do not think that I even went an hour of actually doing something right.

Funnier, 2 weeks later they asked for me to come back, and I said no way.

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Me! OH! My!

by ITEngineerGuy In reply to The old definition of suc ...

I left a job after 16 years and it was the best thing to happen to me. I realized people actual do pay good money to do IT work. I would still be making half what I make probably, because I was redlined so they said. They also said you will not find anyone to pay you what I do. They were right, everyone else paid more.

I agree with the comment made by OZ_Media about "looking after yourself first."
Companies have no problem cutting jobs to save upper management bonuses.

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by vimala.paran In reply to At least a half dozen tim ...

I absolutely agree with you, we should pursue our dreams and dedicate time to what we feel is important & do what we like to do. If the ambience , or work cultute doesnt suit a person he can always quit the place & find another place to work.

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Getting fired or walking away...

by N-Cise In reply to At least a half dozen tim ...

In repy to your last line...
Here's the take from a militarist's point of view:(I forgot the originators' name)

One's goal in war is not to die for your cause (or country), but to make the enemy die for HIS !.

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