It’s fair to say that many people feel perfectly content working in the ‘traditional economy’. They may not necessarily get a thrill from their 9-to-5 job (or whatever hours they personally work), but they probably gain some degree of satisfaction from being a cog in the larger machine.
But for a rapidly increasing number, attending a prescribed place of work, filling a defined role and exchanging a minimum number of hours for a maximum remuneration no longer makes sense. They’re ready to move on; ready to ditch the failing traditional work model and take control of their own futures.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
So how do you know when this awakening within you begins to take place? Here are 10 sure signs that you’re ready to quit your job.
1. It takes you longer to drag yourself out of bed on work mornings. You no longer bounce out of bed in the morning, happy to breeze into work and ready to take on the day’s challenges. You start to hit the snooze button and drink an extra cup of coffee before leaving home, subconsciously (or consciously) delaying the inevitable.
2. The slightest cough and you’re calling in sick. Those minor ailments that you previously would have brushed aside are now far more serious. You need to convalesce at home and certainly don’t want to risk infecting your work colleagues.
3. You begin to imagine having an accident or serious illness. It sounds rather extreme, but this sort of fantasising is actually quite common. Toying (almost hopefully) with thoughts of this kind creates an imagined scenario of guilt-free sustained absence from the workplace.
4. You weigh salary directly against effort. Salary is not generally the primary driver for the employed workforce. Studies show that workplace environment, relationships with colleagues and managers, etc, are all equal considerations. But when job satisfaction begins to evaporate, your financial remuneration becomes the yardstick by which you measure the viability of your continued employment.
5. You find increasing fault with your employer’s business. The managers have poor communication skills, the company is using the wrong software, the wrong type of biscuits are in the tea room. You begin to find fault everywhere as a way of justifying to yourself that this job is just not for you.
6. You’re less of a team player. You become more introvert and begin to isolate yourself from colleagues and team members. This is not necessarily a reflection on your colleagues, but more an indication that you are losing all interest in the way that your employer’s business operates.
7. Increased stress, both in the workplace and at home. Rising stress levels are a clear barometer of whether you should be looking to pastures new. Difficult tasks now create stress as opposed to a challenging buzz. What’s worse is that it’s hard to leave that stress in the workplace. The thought of jumping back on the merry-go-round again the next day means that the stress follows you home and can begin to encroach into your private life.
8. You avoid socialising with work colleagues. After-work drinks no longer have the same appeal. Being with your colleagues, even outside of the work environment, is still a reminder of the dissatisfying job that you feel trapped in.
9. You find ‘important’ reasons to leave work early. You need to see the doctor, collect the kids from somewhere, or take the hamster to the vet. Tasks that you would previously have organised around work, you now find yourself strategically arranging in order to have a ‘legitimate’ reason to leave work that little bit earlier.
10. It’s harder to switch off at home. You find it increasingly difficult to relax at home. Even at weekends you’ll find thoughts of work niggling at you, reminding you that before long you’ll be back at that job again, still trying to work out how to break the cycle. It feels like you’re starring in your own version of Groundhog Day. You know that there is a better alternative out there, you either don’t have a clear vision of what it is, or your fear of failure is greater than your desire for success.
If you recognise yourself in this list – if any or all of the above strike a chord with you – then it’s probably time that you were making some life decisions. Continuing in this way will certainly cause you emotional harm and this can, in turn, be detrimental to your personal life. And what you may not see (although you will be feeling the effects) is that you are also experiencing failure. Failure to be content.
So if you are one of the increasing number of 9-to-5ers who are convinced that ‘there has to be a better way’, then don’t you think it’s time that you were considering some alternatives?
Over the last few years we’ve worked with people from all over the world who were in this very same position. Our hugely successful entrepreneur program has already enabled thousands of people, of all ages and backgrounds, to successfully transition from the traditional work model, to growing their own successful and profitable online businesses within the new and thriving digital economy. Will you be our next success story?
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