Here’s an email question from a reader on – when to leave a job.
Dan, I know that you and Dave Ramsey are close, and I listen to you both and notice a lot of consistencies. One thing Dave mentioned the other day was that people need to occasionally look at their possessions, like a boat, and decide if they would buy it all over again. If the answer is ever “no”, then they should sell it.
I was listening to one of your podcasts from the spring and a man was asking how to know when to move on from a job. Is it fair to say the same about a job? Should you ask yourself if, knowing what you know about the job while you are in it, would you accept the position again? Thanks, Millie
Here’s my response:
Millie, Yes, that’s a great way to frame it. It’s healthy at any point to ask yourself that question. Knowing what I know now, would I choose this job, this house, this car, or this wardrobe? And recognize that you change over time. You are not the person you were 5 or 10 years ago. So yes, ask yourself if you were in the job search now — would you want the job you currently have. If not, it may be an appropriate time to do a job search.
That doesn’t mean you made a mistake in the first place – it just acknowledges that you are not stagnant – you are becoming a more experienced, more intelligent and more competent person. So knowing what you know now, what changes are you going to make – starting today – to take advantages of the stronger position you’re in? And to move to a higher level of success?
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