Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Less responsibility feels so good...

A buddy of mine decided to leave his position at a university. He was tired of the grind, the attitudes from the students, and the pressure from the administration. He said it was time to walk off and relax. He had some money squirreled away and felt he could take most of a year off if necessary.

As a friend, I wished him well. He said the one phrase you always hear at these times, "It's a relief to leave." I bet it is a relief. It's always a relief to have no responsibility, at first.

But I didn't share the whole story. This is the third time he's done this. He's felt relief each time. And a few months later, he's felt remorse and desperation. Then he finds his next position. And, he does not make more money or have a better job the next time, at least it hasn't happened yet.

Leaving your job is not a relief unless you're retiring.

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond

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