Episode 147: The Art of Quitting Your Job With Steve Fiener

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Steve Feiner

Steve Feiner, author of the Art of Resignation, believes the decision to quit your job is actually a series of decisions that can dramatically affect the next stage of your career.

Thinking about quitting your job? Resist the temptation to search through YouTube videos looking for creative ways to stick it to your boss. Steve believes a more effective use of your energy might be spent on an exist strategy to position yourself for success in the next stage of your career.

He has successfully practiced the art of resignation several times as he’s moved from job to job. Currently he works for Google with an eye on starting his own company. He also had the urge to work abroad. Instead of quitting his job to pursue his dreams his leveraging his current position to ease into them instead.  A couple of years ago he secured another position within Google in Singapore.

Quick Action to Get Unstuck

Be appreciative of three things each day.

Take time out of each day to really stop and think about why you are grateful for three things in your life. Try to think of new ones each day and make them specific. Taking the time every day to think about people, feelings, possessions or experiences that make you feel grateful helps keep your mind clear and focused. Consider turning this exercise into a daily reflection habit.

UnStuckable Quotes From Steve

“In order to find some personal success, you really need to break out.”

“Travel has been a huge impact in my life.”

“I need life to be the driving force of my life.”

“Self-awareness is one of the keys to unlocking your happiness.”

“It’s very easy to celebrate the person who does it wrong, it’s not that easy to celebrate the person who does it right.”

More Habits & Actions

  • Travel. When Steve was feeling stuck he had the opportunity to move to Singapore. Moving halfway across the world might sound drastic to some of you, but anyway you can get out of your daily routine will help you gain new perspectives. Travel happens to be an easy way to do just that.
  • Know what you want. Once Steve was able to discover the keys to his happiness, he was able to guide his life toward what made him happy. You can’t start building the life you’ve always wanted, unless you know what makes you truly happy.
  • Meditate. Steve started meditating when he moved to Singapore and now he does it everyday for 15-20 minutes. It helps clear his head and gain new perspectives. If you currently don’t meditate, he recommends starting off with one mindful breath and build from there.
  • Exercise. If meditation isn’t for you, exercise offers some very similar benefits. Doing something like going for a run allows you to clear your head, just like meditation.

Steve’s UnStuckable Lesson

Quitting your job isn’t a single decision, it’s a series of decisions. There are many different things you need to think about before leaving your job. In Steve’s book The Art of Resignation, he goes over the best ways to leave your job. For those of you who want to develop a proper exit strategy, Steve offered the following advice:

1. Take A Deep Breath

Before you make any decisions, take a step back and think about what it is that you really want. Identify what you don’t like about your current position, so you avoid getting yourself into a similar situation. Too often people believe their current job is the source of all their unhappiness and a new work opportunity will solve all of their problems.

Be specific about what you don’t like about your job. Is it the location or commute? Do you feel undervalued? Which one of your responsibilities don’t you like? Does your boos treat you in a particular way you don’t like? What is it about the culture of the organization you don’t like?

Before quitting your job, challenge yourself to see if there is a solution to what is making you unhappy in your current position. Sometimes, a simple conversation is all it takes to feel valued and happy again. At the very least you’ll have a deeper understanding of why you want to quit and will have a much better idea of the type of opportunity you really want.

2. Make Preparations

Once you know what type of work opportunity you really want, it’s time to start making an exit strategy, so you are as prepared as possible on the day you quit.

Think about about the biggest obstacles standing in the way of your goal. Then break down your goal into small, actionable steps. Some things you will most likely need to address when you quit include:

  • Your financial needs. If you are starting your own business, you will need to be prepared to fund the transition from employee to self employed.
  • Your story. Whether you are searching for a new job or starting your own business, you’ll want to get your story straight about what it is you want to do, so others understand how they can help you.
  • Your current mindset. You might not be able to quit right away depending on your transition plan, so make a list of the things bothering you the most in your current position and think about ways to ease your stress.
  • Assessing how you use your time. When you are in the process of quitting, do exactly what is expected of you, no more and no less. You’ll want to carve out as much extra as possible to work on your transition.

3. Quit Effectively

When the big day finally arrives and you pull the trigger to quit, be positive no matter how you feel about your job. Give your employer plenty of notice. Don’t burn any bridges on the way out because you never know if the connections you made might be of help to you down the road.

Lastly, quit face-to-face. Don’t quit over an email or through a text-message. How you quit your job says a lot about your character and people will remember it.


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