Posted tagged ‘Journalism’

Quitting your job without a new job lined up

December 8, 2010

I know several people who have recently quit their job without another one lined up. Some have saved up a lot of money, so they can afford this life change. Others have had it so much with their job they’re willing to suffer financially and even physically until they find a new one. That might mean buying cheaper groceries, losing health insurance, or ultimately moving in with a family member.

I think it’s really a slap in the face when one of your employees quits without another gig. It’s like the person disliked working for you so much that he’d rather have no source of income than one of your paychecks. Sometimes, though, it’s totally worth it to leave a company without any immediate work plans. If your job is so stressful or time-consuming you don’t have the motivation or opportunity to look for another job at the end of the day, then you’ll be stuck with this job forever.

If your job is so mindless or frustrating you are depressed each day you have to show up, then continuing with this job is probably not the best thing to do. It’s probably better to quit, improve your mental state, and figure out what you want to do next. You’ll have the time and proper disposition to identify your objective, apply for jobs or grad school, and do what else it takes to achieve your goal. (more…)

Don’t listen to the naysayers

April 19, 2010

paintbrushesHave you ever stopped doing something because someone told you you weren’t good enough?

I have.

When I was studying abroad some acquaintances told me it was crazy I was majoring in art. There was no purpose for doing it, they said. Only a few people could make a living as an artist, and I wasn’t one of them. Art was a fine hobby, but not something you pursued for a career.

As I spent more time abroad, I visited more museums. I saw awesome works of art, and starting wondering why I ever thought I could be an artist. I was just kidding myself, I thought.

I ended up changing my major. But the worst part is I stopped doing art entirely. I had been pretty serious about painting or drawing pictures for four or five years. I painted pictures for my roommates, and hung them up in our dorm. I painted pictures for friends for their birthdays.

But then I just stopped. I have to ask myself if my decision to stop resulted more from comments I received about my abilities, or laziness. I’m sure both played a role, but I wonder if I would have continued if no one had put my efforts down.

I really shouldn’t have listened to those people, and kept up my interest. Maybe I will engage in it again in the near future.

A couple of years later I was told by a journalist that I shouldn’t become a journalist. He said my writing style more resembled a lawyer’s (a definite putdown). But this time I didn’t listened to the critic. I ended up going to journalism school and becoming a journalist.

I’m glad I didn’t listen, even if I’ve decided to change fields after a few years.

Have you ever stopped doing something because someone made you feel like you weren’t good enough? If so, what was that thing? Do you regret your decision to listen to that person? Did you learn from that experience?

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