Six weeks ago I took a huge leap of faith and left a job of seven years for a new adventure. I’m now taking another leap … this time without knowing where I will land. Rather than being scary, it is quite liberating.
After a month on my new job, I knew for certain it was not for me and wouldn’t evolve in that direction. It was simply a bad match. Once I made the decision to leave, all the stress I’d been under disappeared. It was the right thing to do. Coming from an HR background, I knew that bad fits happen. I also knew it was best for all concerned for to make an early exit from the position, which is what I did.
It helped that my boss had known how stressed I was. I was honest that my skills are better suited to a different environment. He didn’t disagree.
Before looking forward to where I want to go next (I’m back to that again), I looked back to see where I went wrong. Even in reviewing the situation, there weren’t any red flags that I ignored. Strangely enough, that made me feel better.
Conventional wisdom (the infamous “they”) would have dictated that I line up another job before leaving this one. I am seldom conventional, and “wise” is in the eye of the beholder. I was miserable and not performing to the level they deserved, so I jumped completely blind into the abyss.
Maybe I should have fear. Instead I have faith that something will catch me after the jump. It is a liberating feeling.
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