It’s been few months since I came to Shanghai and found a job. Everything now is different. A lot has changed, but my values and mission keep in time, and that’s why I just decided to quit my job.
Right now I’m writing these lines in a hotel near the airport, ready to pick a flight tomorrow in the morning and leave Shanghai.
It’s been a hectic week, but now in hindsight, I know I’ve done the correct decision.
Most people get attached to their jobs, saying one I’ll do something different, but now I want this salary, but in the end it takes steal balls to quit and correct your path as soon as you notice it.
Now, thinking about these last months I can remark 7 points I just learned:
1. Draw a line in the sand
Months pass, or even years, and the main mission you had in mind gets fuzzy. If you want to avoid this, you need to review your track and have a clear idea of what you want. Otherwise, you’ll end up with something you don’t want in your career. You have to draw a line in the sand and say, hey, no matter what, I won’t cross this line.
2. Don’t get too comfortable
Nice apartment, nice money, good stability. While a lot of people seek that, you gotta change your mindset. Since I arrived to China I haven’t descarted the idea of picking my luggage and leave quickly. When you start with this mindset, challenging the status quo becomes easier. So be ready when the time comes.
3. Follow your guts relentlessly
Changing is hard as hell. As soon as the change comes, your mind will start pushing you back. In the moment you know something is wrong, make a decision to change and don’t come back to the same situation.
4. 9 to 5 is dead
I don’t care whether is 9 to 6, 10 to 7 or whatever. Having fixed working hours will steal your creativity. You have to own your time. That means you can manage your energy and tasks in your own benefit.
5. Find the right environment
You already know what you want, so find the right place and the right people to get there faster. If your environment doesn’t boost your career in the way you want, move.
6. You already have the right stuff
Deep down you know what you are capable of. Don’t let nobody tell you what you can or can’t do. You can feel your internal resitance pushing you back, but in the end, you can do it.
7. Life is too short
I know, it sounds as a cliqué, but it’s true. If every single day you go to work and you feel pain, why would you stay? Pick your stuff and find something better.