How To Move On: The Difference Between Quitting and Leaving Your Job

Quitting your job is often romanticized as a bold, brave move.

We've seen it in the movies. We've heard the country song: Take this job and shove it. 

Well, okay. Maybe there are times for that. But decision making made in haste often results in trading one pressure for another. 

I'm not suggesting you shouldn't leave. Just don't quit. There's a difference between leaving and quitting. 

Leaving is moving toward something. Quitting is moving away from something.

How can you tell the difference? You're usually excited (and nervous) when moving forward. You're usually more frustrated when moving away from something. As Louie Giglio advises, "Don't abandon in frustration what you planted in faith."

Leaving is planned. Quitting is rushed.

Try to give yourself a 3-6 month financial cushion before making a move. Also, there will always be risk involved but try to shrink the risk gap. Preparing financially will help you do this, not to mention it will help you sleep better. (And sleep is a beautiful, often-underrated part of life!)

Leaving is decision-making with many advisors. Quitting is decision-making in isolation.  

"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed." Proverbs 15:22.

We've talked before about the importance of having a mentor, and for good reason. Don't make decisions in a vacuum. Before leaving or quitting, talk it over with someone who you trust. An outsiders perspective might be exactly what you need. 

Leaving is grateful. Quitting is resentful.

"Instead of regretting where you've been, give thanks for where you're going." Mike Foster

Everyone moves on at some point. When it's time to go, take time to reflect on what you learned and be thankful that you did. 

I'm not suggesting you stay where you are. I'm simply suggesting you do yourself a favor and leave well. That might take some extra time but in the end it will be well worth it. 

The way you leave your current season will shape your next season. Therefore, leave well.