I QUIT MY JOB TO LIVE MY DREAM !

I QUIT MY JOB TO LIVE MY DREAM !

Informing My Boss on the Decision to QUIT !

I clearly remember the day I decided to quit my dream job in the year 2012 , when I was at the peak of my professional career and designated as Associate Director – Marketing role.

I sat in a nervous state in the chair that was placed next to my first lady boss. Despite my best attempts to look cool , calm and collected,

It was a very difficult stage to inform my decision to her face to face .

But let me admit , no matter how much you plan in your mind and rehearse, Its pretty tough to look confident and composed when you are quitting your job.

 

THE JOURNEY

I remember, when I got the internal promotion to move into Marketing Manager Role based at Mumbai , I felt like dream come true situation .

A role I was waiting for years to come, after working in Sales roles for 16 years .

But everything comes with a price – I had to relocate to Mumbai with a clear decision of leaving family back in Delhi .

With no much experience in Marketing role, I was consistently challenged every single day due to the following:

1. Adjusting to corporate culture with different departments
2. Understanding my new roles and responsibilities &
3. Managing self in Mumbai

After serving as Associate Marketing Director for almost 2 years, I felt it was time to move on.

It was a job I’d loved ferociously at the beginning, but over the past couple years the joy of it faded.

I felt bored, frustrated, and monotonous in my career.

I told myself to stop now and get out of the fear I was in, but after a year of feeling that way I knew it wasn’t a fear anymore.

So I quit the job in May 2012 , My parents and wife didn’t know the reason, and I refused to tell anybody the reason of departure.

If it happened to come up in conversation I was quick to respond, “ They let me go. Something about company lay offs. You know corporate stuff.”

How could I tell them the truth ?

How could I tell them the reason I left was to start living my dream, for which I had no concrete plan or even the experience to begin with?

Surely they would have assumed that I had lost my mind. I spent hours upon hours thinking, “ Why did I leave my job?”

I knew it was to start living my dream and bring HCN – Human Capability Network to life, but I wasn’t clear on this if this was a sign from God or a rebellious tendency gone awry.

All I knew was that I needed to escape the stress.

Jumping out from my full-time job was undoubtedly one the scariest career decision I've made in my life so far.

But, even though I had my doubts and lack of clarity, I’m glad I did it. It’s worked out well so far, and I’ve managed to learn a lot along the way.

I definitely look at entrepreneurship as a career – one that has made me busier than ever, so will still be posting regular articles on this blog about how to balance a career with Job prospects.

If there are any things in particular you’d like to know about balancing your career with job prospects or starting a business or getting into freelance recruitment's , training's, or have any other questions, please leave them in the comments. I’d be happy to answer them

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