At first, I was hesitant to ask the question down below because it seemed a bit too direct and personal.
However, in digging deeper into the topic, it was surprising to find that people lay their feelings out in the open on forums and such, addressing job related issues.
Do you ever feel like quitting. Like it’s all too much and I want to just give up?
It happens to all of us who work for a living at some point along the way.
It’s okay. No explanation necessary.
Checking it out
It’s a regular habit of mine to read through comment sections of women’s career and job sites to stay current with what people are thinking, and what’s trending.
When it comes to work, a surprising number of women are wondering “how long should I stay with a company before leaving if I’m unhappy?”
What I find is that most are of a mindset of wanting to turn lemons into lemonade, but, it can be difficult to keep yourself motivated.
This is true especially when no matter how fantastic you are at what you do, the higher ups take it for granted or worse, it goes unnoticed.
I hear people who say YUP, all the time, but you have to remind yourself of the reason you get up and go out there and give it your best even though you’ve long since been over the job.
As I read through the comments, I realize this is a common thread throughout the mainstream of the workforce and not limited to a few malcontents who are never happy.
Everyone waits to be noticed and recognized at least once in a while for their contributions to the success of a company.
I believe what’s happening is that talented women are deciding that hey, I gave it my all and if that’s not enough, I’m going to find where I’m treated best.
Better yet, I might just try to start up a side project on my own.
Why? Because my hopes and fears for the future are focused now on flexibility, competitive compensation, and a sense of well-being at work.
Working for myself may turn out to be my best opportunity to achieve my goal.
Anyway, having said that, here’s a sampling of comments from a single day on one comment board:
“At my last job, I couldn’t even sleep because I kept thinking about how much I didn’t want to go to work. Horrible boss, long commute, boring work,
Difficult people seem to be everywhere. They might be someone you work with, or work for. It’s not unusual for them to create problems and stressful situations –seemingly for no apparent reason.
Has this happened to you?
” I see so many others are in the same situation as me. I’ve been with this company 6.5 years years, I’m a top seller, great leader, but not feeling respected and appreciated for the good I bring to table. Time to take my talents elsewhere.
“My job doesn’t seem to respect older workers even though we are the ones who are the most reliable. I’ve been her for 6 years and at first it was ok but now it looks like the younger workers are taking over, even though they have zero management skills. Everyday on my commute I pray that I don’t have an argument with a co-worker. I know it’s time to go. Too much stress is bad for your health.”
Then there’s the job you absolutely love, but rampant favoritism occurring on a daily basis makes it almost impossible to get ahead. You stay because you also like the people you work with, but the unfair treatment is hard to take and you don’t dare complain.
Here’s the point
It is never too late to be what you might have been -George Eliott
FWIW, I thought some unfiltered perspective from dedicated, hard working, regular people would .inspire you to ask yourself “what are you working on this week to make your life better?” (Michael Frash)
After all, life is too short to work at an empty job with people you can’t stand.
Here’s an idea, No matter what industry you’re in and what point you’re at your career path, there are a myriad of reasons you should start a side project.
Side projects are exactly what they sound like—they’re projects that you work on during your spare time while still maintaining your regular employment. Side projects are great because they push you outside of your comfort zone and allow you to explore your creative capabilities.
Not to say there won’t be curveballs thrown your way, and many things to learn as your business grows, but that’s the beauty of having your own company. Being able to learn from the ups and downs, and apply lessons learned to build it and continue to move forward.
Good evening, and good luck!