Seeking a new career or quitting a job is a turning point in our lives. Am I making the right decision? The article is NOT trying to give you any career advice. Different people are facing different situations. The best answer is inside our mind. Thinking through these inspirational quotes and questions can help you gain more self-awareness and see the big picture in your life.
"Everyone is a genius but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." ~ Albert Einstein
Question for Your Heart: Are you swimming in the sea or climbing a tree?
Takeaway: There is no problem with you or the job. Both of you are fine, but when you two come together, something goes wrong. It’s all about “fit”. So it is important to make it clear to yourself if you are still fit for the job.
"It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out. It’s the grain of sand in your shoe." ~ Robert Service
Question for Your Heart: Anything needs to take care of?
Takeaway: The strong feelings of quitting a job are usually complicated. Is it because of your boss?A fight with someone in the office last week? The low pay? The promotion? The work location? The pressure? Or your family? Sometimes, after sorting these items out, you would calm down and make a much better decision. Don’t let emotion get control over you.
"And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it." ~ Steve Jobs
Question for Your Heart: How do you know your next job is what you love?
Takeaway: In our brain, we perceive “love” as the opposite of “hate”. Sometimes, the “hate” of our current job amplifies the “love” of our new job. “New” never means “better”. The fact is, what happens now will still persist in your next job, if you try to escape by quitting. What you do not like now will still be seen in your next workplace. Therefore, be clear about what you do not like and what you like. After that, go for it.
"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people." ~ Randy Pausch
Question for Your Heart: What are the brick walls in your career right now?
Takeaway: Identify the brick walls in your career, and try to see both sides of the coin. On one side, brick walls are there to stop you and knock you down, but on the other side, they push you out of your comfort zone, and urge you to pick up something new. It is your chance to step on the walls and see broader and higher.
"Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’." ~ Napolean Hill
Question for Your Heart: What are you waiting for?
Takeaway: Waiting is inevitable sometimes, but more often, it is fatal because we are unaware of what we are waiting for. At least, list out the things that stop you from moving forward. Are they worth waiting? So when the “right time” arrives, you will feel it, exactly.
6. Big Picture
"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching." ~ Thomas Jefferson
Question for Your Heart: Will you do it differently when everyone is watching?
Takeaway: The decision we make does not only affect ourselves. Doing a “Newspaper Headline Test" can help us do the ecology check. Just imagine everybody would read tomorrow’s newspaper and see the headline of your new actions about your career today. Will you do the same thing now?
"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the wellworn path, and that will make all the difference." ~ Steve Jobs
Question for Your Heart: Are you following your heart?
Takeaway: Again, we have to come back to Steve Jobs, because we all admire his phenomenal accomplishment throughout his career and there is a lot we can learn from him. The most important thing he has shown us in choosing a job or career is to follow your heart. He cares about Apple, for all his life. That’s why he came back and created the miracle in IT industry. Do you want to create miracles? Then, what do you truly care in your life? Trust your intuition.