CongratsMy last day was April 13th!
Doing some part time contracting work now to keep the bills paid, but it sure is nice to not work a "9-5" that requires you to read your email at night before going to bed and in the morning before going to work, get calls on the weekend, have to stay late, blahblah blah
My coworkers "couldn't believe" that I was leaving either. Had been there 8 or 9 years, moved up from entry level to a meaningless title with "Director" in front. With the help of a couple of folks that worked closely with me, we brought the company from almost a half million dollar loss per year to significant profit.
The boss got greedy though, and the job became less and less fun for me. All the perks that I mentioned when my friends asked why I didn't get a higher paying job somewhere else started to be whittled away. Promises were not kept, but continued to flow freely. I realized that the grant and investment money that we received on numerous occasions, that our small team worked very hard to get, had been squandered again and again rather than improving the business. And it was consuming most of my waking hours, at least 5 out of 7 days per week.
The truth of the matter is that the people that didn't leave (a few of us did, either by our own choice or by positions being "eliminated" to further line the owner's pockets) -- they either weren't confident enough in their skills/qualifications to seek another job, or were just "too comfortable" after years and years in the same company.
Change is good, embrace it
This is certainly a topic that applies to our current economy. I suspect we move on for many reasons; perhaps you are not fulfilled, feeling appreciated, or you are so frustrated with your environment as to (maybe) do something very inappropriate. For me it was the latter.
I worked for the same company for 21 years. With my paycheck I was able to purchase a very modest house and a number of modestly priced toys. I know it is something of a catch-22, but one reason that I was able to do what I did on my $16.35 an hour was, I did/do not have any 'Family' obligations. Seems, like my TW adventures, I have generally done 'life' solo.
When these situations arise, one needs to do what one needs to do. For most of us, our jobs represent a significant part of our sense of being. Silly I know, but when you spend almost 1/3 of your life doing a certain thing, with a certain group of people, it seems to become a part of who you think you are.
I made a move from frustration to 'nothing'; I stay VERY busy dealing with getting the house tip-top, but my income and social 'network' has changed significantly. Should I have stayed and had been 'forced' to deal with the chronic complaining and negativity, I fear I may have hurt someone.....
In my opinion, the above posts make reference to what could be a 'life changing event', I suggest you proceed with 'eyes wide open' and some degree of caution/planning.
Ronnydog, I like what it seems you are doing, good for you. Given that I have had an opportunity (one that you need to make for yourself) to do some counseling, I have found little as insightful as having a chance to talk with a trained communicator. Knowing that someone has REALLY HEARD what you are saying affords you the opportunity to quickly move beyond the point that has left you feeling frustrated.
In a nutshell; if you can't get your 'bike' running correctly, go to a good 'mechanic'. Take care; Gerry