Lesson # 8: From my Tendered Resignation
Yesterday, I tendered my resignation. 1 year and 8 days from the day I started.
This probably counts as one of the toughest decisions I have ever made – but a decision that I will not regret.
The main reason why I finally decided to write and submit my resignation? My heart wasn’t in my job anymore.
(So I can’t find the right words to finish this blog entry using plain narrative so I shall list down what I learned in enumerated form.)
8.1 THE REASONS WHY IT’S SO DAMN HARD TO RESIGN
8.1.1. “Financial Security” – Truly the older generation has a slightly distorted notion (which has unfortunately been passed on to us) that financial stability can only be earned by getting a job, ANY JOB, that would consistently give you that paycheck that you will eventually use up just to pay your bills. The world has so conspired to make us believe that there are few jobs out there and that we should take whatever is available mindless of what we really, really want to do.
8.1.2. “I’m waiting for the right offer and opportunity” – then what if it never comes? By then you realize that you’ve wasted a great part of your 20’s and 30’s waiting, and waiting until you’re too old to be of any relevance to the companies.
8.1.3. “I might not succeed if I go for what I want.” – the thought in itself is a recipe for failure.
8.1.4. “Okay na to. Basta may kinikita.” – May kinikita ka nga, pero nakaka-ipon ka ba talaga? May kinikita ka nga, pero sapat na ba iyon?
8.1.5. “Mag-iipon ako para magawa ko lahat ng gusto kong gawin.” – Same as the other reason…. By the time you save enough money for that house, that world tour, that porsche or whatever dream you may have, it MIGHT be too late.
8.1.6. “Nakakahiya. Baka magalit boss ko.” – isipin mo na lang, mas nakakahiya kung matanggal ka. and besides, never underestimate your boss. They might have gone through the same thing before and they might be able to offer you priceless advice.
8.1.7. PRIDE. – ever wonder why it’s a deadly sin?
8.1.8. Parents, Lolo’s, Lola’s and Friends who give us all the reasons mentioned above.
8.2. THE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD RESIGN (If ever)
8.2.1. “Your heart is not in it.” – if your job is all that it is for you – a job, then you should be thinking twice. Work ethic and discipline will save you from getting fired because it will allow you to deliver the basics. However, without your heart in the work, then going beyond what is expected will be hard for you to come by. Eventually you’ll feel tired of having to do something you really don’t want to do.
8.2.2. Opportunities? You can create them for yourself. So what if you fail once or twice or a hundred times? One successful project, idea can change the world and your bank account as well. 🙂
8.2.3. If you know what you really want to do and where you really want to be, go for it. I guess in the hierarchy of priorities that we have, it must be try earning money from your passions and doing what you want, do what you want, then IF ALL ELSE FAILS, then get a job.
8.2.4. Look around you and you’ll see the different possibilities that can make you more successful than you ever will be with a 9-5 job. 🙂 All you have to do is think out of the box. 🙂
8.2.5. If you truly care for your company, then you should know that they would deserve someone whose heart will be in the job that they will be doing. Lest you are doing your company an injustice.
8.2.6. If everyday you wake up with a heavy feeling wishing you would be doing something else but going to work nonetheless and ending the day before you sleep wishing you DID something else and would DO something else when you wake up.
I’m no expert in career advice giving but I did learn a lot from this experience. Resignation isn’t always a sign of weakness, in fact, at times, especially when it’s a matter of knowing what you want in life, resignation requires guts and a lot of courage. (Let us just be careful not to jump from Job to Job. Mali rin naman yun.)
Sitting on the floor while talking to my boss about my plans and dreams as I tendered my resignation, heavy weights were lifted with every word I said and every plan I imagined and shared.
In that moment, I knew I made the right decision. 🙂
I will forever be grateful to Gupit Industriya, Incorporated (The mother company of AZTA Urban Salon). The lessons I learned and the experiences I gained have prepared me well for this moment. 🙂
Now there’s no turning back.
Goodbye free salon services! (But to all my friends, just tell me so I can still set appointments and discounts for all of you! Pwedeng-pwede parin! :D)