I Quit!

Pim
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I'm done. I'm resigning. I don't feel any purpose. I don't like the values. I'd rather spend time doing something I love in a place I like.

These words were on my mind when I quit my job in 2015. It's been one of the best decisions I ever made. It has led to five plus years of passion, exploration and a shit load of personal development.

Sadly, not many see quiting your job as being a positive thing.

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Influencing the world

There are three important roles in which you can influence the world: as a customer, a shareholder and an employee.

As a customer you inspire change via the products and services you buy. Stop buying from companies that destroy the world. Start buying purposeful brands. Doing that supports change to a better world.

Every dollar is a vote.

If you're an investor - big or small - you can influence the world by buying some stocks and selling others. Do you invest in green technologies and responsible fashion brands? Or do you focus entirely on financial return, and maybe perpetuate a system that’s literally destroying the world?

Every dollar is a vote.

Then there's the often overlooked role of employee. Devoting your time, talent, passion and energy to an organization makes a difference. If the company you work for allows inhumane practices in its supply chain, you're supporting that. If you work for a company that does nothing to solve its gender pay gap, you're keeping that alive.

Whereas, if you work for an organization that actively contributes to a better world, you're supporting positive change. You do good by adding value as an employee.

Every workday is a vote.

To quit, or not to quit

Of course, quitting your job isn’t a luxury everyone can afford. But for most reading this blog, it almost certainly is. But few people realize that 'voting', as an employee, is extremely powerful.

If companies realize they have to be responsible and purposeful to attract talent and flourish, they'll change. If organizations don't take ownership for their wrongdoing, and see loads of people quit as a result, they'll change. If companies repel people because of their toxic work environments, they'll change.

And importantly, you're helping yourself by leaving a shitty workplace. It's like quitting a toxic relationship. It can be hard to do, but the benefits significantly outweigh the downsides.

I'm not advising you to quit your job today. But I am advising you to consider this potentially powerful option to do good for both yourself and the world.

To quit, or not to quit? That is the question.

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Liesbeth

Liesbeth

There is at least another way for influencing the word : to be a citizen

Alain

Yes indeed!

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JH

JH

Amen to this! I was at an organization for over 10 years where the values were aligned with mine. Over the years the organization got away from those values and I could no longer reconcile the companies values with my own and things got really toxic. I just walked away from the company. It was hands down the BEST. Decision. Ever.

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Kate

Kate

It’s a very narrow view that the only ways to influence the world are through the way you spend or earn money - what about being a citizen? A parent? An activist? A community member? - a town councilor? A youth club leader ? amongst many other things - I know masses of people who do jobs that are fine and then create and generate meaning in spaces way way beyond the control of an employee environment - the blindness to all these spaces may be why you are struggling for purpose

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Rachel

Rachel

I am currently working my notice in a toxic organisation. I feel exhausted by the politics and how unsafe it is to be authentic and honest. My concern is how do I truly spot the organisations where I will thrive and be able to be myself and do my best work?

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Mark Inskip

Mark Inskip

It’s a very narrow view that the only ways to influence the world are through the way you spend or earn money

Kate

Very well said. There's so much more to life, and so much more we can all contribute to society.

Unfortunately too many in today's society have fallen into Pim's narrow view of the world and how we can influence it. Be a true rebel and understand there's more to life than just business!

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Michelle_F

Michelle_F

I have definitely "voted with my feet" in my career and have left organizations which I have deemed to be both unethical in their practices and counterproductive for my efforts to grow professionally.

This takes time, financial resources and a strong will to do so, but my future self thanks me for saving potentially years of unhappiness at work - which has in the past seeped into my personal life as well.

This is why in my current job search, I am applying a values-based model to ensure that I am aligning with my future employer on issues that are important to me BEFORE I start my next job. For anyone here curious about the approach: https://mfevola.medium.com/the-values-based-job-search-dfac1a102ce0

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Emma

Emma

I did quit my corporate job a few months ago. Felt tired, always fighting for change; changing the bureaucracy, the way of treating personnel and lack of trust and inspiration. But then realized that this urge to fight had far more to it than just wanting to change the environment in this specific corporate. Thinking: "there has to be another way right? This cant be it". Stopping out of this environment felt so so liberating. And talking honestly about these feelings and doubts makes me realize a LOT of people are feeling the same! But of course not everyone wants/can make such a change and speak up about it. For me; I will be ready for a next, yet to come, adventure!!

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Lise

Lise

Thank you for the article! It is very important to vote as employees. Too many people accept bad working environment, even though they could afford to quit or change job.
I quit my job as manager 21 years ago - and for 20 years I loved being an independent consultant.
Now the pandemic taught me how much drainage all my saleswork has been to me. Now I recently quit being a consultant. I want to be free. I want to follow the purpose of my life. I want to fulfill my longings and go for my curiosity questions. I don't want to waste my life doing anything that is not part of my path in life.
I want to CoCreate with LIFE, not work against LIFE. I want my life to be with ease and joy and to spread ease and joy around me.
My "work" is my inner growth, becoming alive, becoming an instrument listening to what wants to emerge, and in doing so CoCreating a book about CoCreation. I love it!

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Jos

Jos

Enjoy your journey - I understand this comes on your journey knowing you can also afford it. Jos

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Lise

Lise

Hi Jos
You comment on the economical consequences off being free. Yes, it has consequences. I live in Denmark with a very good welfaresystem, so even though I don't get any money from it now, I know that I will never end without money for food and somewhere to stay.
When that's said, I have rented out 2 of my 3 rooms in my appartment - then my rent is paid. I get a lot of food from the containers behind the supermarket - and I minimize the waste of food. I transport myself on my bike - very common in Copenhagen. I feel rich due to fulfilling my purpose, so I don't need any status things or clothes. I get money from a few coaching sessions and when somebody donate money for what I have done for them.
But I only have myself to provide for, my children er grown up. I'll wait and see what happens. Thank you for asking.

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