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Why You Should Quit Your Job During A Recession

For those that have dreams to fulfil ...

You hate your job. Micromanaging boss, snarky co-workers, dreary cubicles, gruelling hours, unrealistic deadlines... the list goes on. But what can you do? It’s common sense to hang on to your job. After all, you’re lucky enough to be employed during a recession—why would you throw that away for an uncertain future?

Because you’re using the recession as an excuse not to pursue your dreams.

There will always be a convincing rationale to stick with a job you hate. But if you allow this temporary recession to influence your life path, you’ll continue to live a life dominated by external conditions. If it’s not the recession, it’ll be some other excuse—saving for a house, not disappointing your family, waiting for a promotion…

However, if you make achieving your dreams a priority, you will find a way—regardless of the economy or various other conditions outside of your control. You can’t control the recession. You can control your actions.

“During a recession it’s impossible to find another job. I’ll be out of work for months and nobody will hire me.”

“Sure, I hate my job. But that’s just the way life is. I don’t have any big dreams, so what’s the point of quitting during a recession just to search for another job I’ll hate?”

Everybody has dreams. If you think you don’t, it just means you haven’t discovered them. Perhaps you’ve been repressing your dreams for years because what you love to do doesn’t seem to connect with making a living, supporting a family, getting promoted or any of the other things you’ve been brainwashed into believing you’re “supposed” to do. Barbara Sher, author of Wishcraft, says, “You will recognise your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”

If you found yourself relating to any of the above objections, know that you’re not alone. Plenty of people are using the recession as an excuse not to quit jobs they hate. And yes: it is scary to quit a job. It is scary to step into an unknown future. It is scary to take yourself seriously. But if you have dreams and can develop a plan, you should seriously think about making drastic changes to improve the long-term quality of your life.

If leaving your job is a step too far then you still have many other options. Consider going part-time and use your newfound free time to pursue your dreams. You could also free up time by cutting back on less-important activities like watching TV. Another good (but sneaky) tactic is to try and reduce your workload at your usual job so that you can discreetly work on improving your prospects, as opposed to the company’s.

There is always a way around obstacles to real success; you just have to get the motivation to find it!

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