When Is It Time to Leave?


Acknowledge when you are stagnant at a job and take action.

Here’s an email question from a reader asking about 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?

Ready to start your job search but not sure how to begin? Maybe you’re hitting a road block when it comes to writing your resume or getting in the door. Step out of the ordinary and do something that makes YOU extraordinary! 


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