Each day I do something that I no longer want to do is another day that I’m not getting any closer to finding something that I really want to do. That was my thinking back when I decided to leave a job that I no longer wanted to be in, but had no idea what I wanted to do next.
But honestly, it really depends on your situation. For instance, you don’t want to quit your job first if you have financial responsibilities where you can’t afford to be unemployed. Fortunately, I didn’t. So if you can afford to do it and feel strongly that your current job is providing little benefit to your career and future success, then quitting your job first may be what you need to do to seek a better future for yourself.
One thing I can tell you about doing this is that it creates a real sense of urgency to figure out what it is you really want to do next. When you’re in a comfortable or stable situation, there’s nothing pushing you to think about other possibilities. But once you leave the safety and security of a job, even one that’s not right for you, you start feeling the pressure. You find yourself staring at the ceiling, and you start doing some real soul-searching. And you start getting inspired!
At least, that’s been my personal experience. And that’s how I got inspired to start my first company over 20 years ago, Wang & Li Asia Resources. In my case, I can honestly say that the idea for Wang & Li would never have come to me if I had continued to stay in the job I was in.