Mar 21, 2014

Five Things to Consider Before Quitting Your Job

Short version of this post: Do you want to quit your job? Then do it. Seriously, don't think too much about it, if the thought has come in your mind for one or the other reason, there is no point in really hanging around. You can do a lot of things once you're out of the job. Or you can sit at home and be a Twitter troll (which is just slightly worse than being jobless)

Now, most people think of being jobless as without work, because given the state of our society, job=work. 

Which is absolutely fucking wrong. 

On your job, you're working for someone else, you are hired for your skills and time while you grow older and more cynical, stuck in a comfort zone of things.

But let's assume for a minute that you've decided to quit your job, and you want to plan it out properly like the cool fox that you are. Here are the things you need to do in this specific order.

1) Take your parents and your significant other in confidence. This is very India specific. Unfortunately, we live in this kind of society where your neighborhood aunties and relatives are more concerned with what you're doing or not doing than you might be. If you're going to be jobless, these are the two parties on which you might have to depend if things go belly up. So, better to have their complete support before you put in your papers.

2) Figure out your monthly expenses. Seriously, pick a piece of paper and pen, and write down every repeating monthly expense. This can include rent, internet bills, newspaper bills, commute expenses, daru/chicken/cigarette/drug expenses, book buying expenses, and anything else that is specific to your lifestyle. Arrive at a basic monthly figure of money and multiply it by the number of months you intend to chill the fuck out and not earn any money.

3) Learn to Live like a Monk. Monks are cool, serious people who do not fuck around when it comes to minimization of expenses and their impact on everything. Though, I have seen modern monks with Macs and iPhones, chugging Red Bull in posh Delhi malls, we are not trying to be those kind of monks. We want to be monks that don't splurge and spend money whenever they have some free fucking time to browse flipkart. Seriously, online shopping is satanic. People don't realize, but they end up spending shit loads of money. Learn to avoid buying shit from your debit/credit card. Learn to use cash only. Money management is the only way to do okay in the months where there is no cash inflow, only outflow. Money the price you pay for chilling out. No free lunches in life.

4) Decide what you want to do with an eye on the future. None of us know what the future is going to bring, but preparing for the intended outcomes in mind never hurts. So prepare for things you want to do before you quit your job. You want to write a book in break time? Start writing and looking for publishers. You want to study further, figure out the universities you want to apply to. You want to learn a language, how are you going to do that. Break time is not really break time, it's serious time where you finally are the master of your own time, so figure out what you want to do and how you're going to do it, the break time is for doing things, not figuring out anything.

5) Jobless is not workless. I am going to give you a new word: workmore. Yes, that's one word and I just made it up because I don't give a fuck. You're going to have to workmore in order to maintain your chill and your level of freedom that you get in your time away from slavery. Your job is not work and the work you do is not a job. Get into that mental state of thinking where you are able to look at different money acquiring opportunities and work on them. 

Remember, no one became great by sitting their ass in a comfortable chair in an air conditioned office. A job will not make you great. Doing great things will make you great. If you do great things at your job, your colleagues, managers, or your boss is going to take the lion's share of credit. 

And the bitter truth is that, if you're going to be without a job, it is going to be difficult. Go into this mentally prepared, unless you've got amazing amounts of cash hoarded away or you're extremely shameless, being jobless is never an easy task. So, be shameless, too. That's awesome in its own way.

Oh, and if you fail in all your efforts, there is always the option of doing another job. If they ask you what you were doing in the break months, say you were soul searching or learning new skills. Whatever, doesn't really matter.

I don't know wtf i am going to talk about in my next post, maybe how to get a job. 


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