I’d never heard this idea prior to this week, but I really liked the sentiment. And it really resonated with my experiences of the past few months.
The person who said it was talking about a company in which many of the people there had decided they didn’t like the management, or policies or some individuals there (or a combination of all three).
But instead of quitting, leaving the company and getting themselves out of a situation in which they were not happy, many decided to quit on the company and their coworkers, but remain to spread unhappiness, be a cancer within the office and sabotage the efforts of others.
And so she summed it up with that idea: quit and stay or quit and leave.
It resonated with me because it spoke to my last experience. I was at a place where most people complained about the company and were unhappy. But instead of getting out (which some did), many chose to stay and complain.
Personally, when confronted with that situation, I’ve always been prone to action. As long as I’m at a company, I won’t quit on it. But if I no longer feel good about the situation, I move on as quickly as I can.
To stay at a company where you’re unhappy is to do a disservice to your own happiness and that of those around you (both at work and at home).
I’ve never understood those who are content to complain without action. Why would one do that to themselves? The best way to remove myself from that environment is to take action, fix the problem and move on.
At this point in my life, I love it when I hear something that summarizes what I’m thinking.