#CollectiveWisdom – I’m a “Quitter” + Kirsten Ramos

#CollectiveWisdom: I’m a “Quitter”

Kirsten Ramos is an alumna of The Collective and is open to discussing future possibilities. You can follow her on Twitter at @KRamos25 or via LinkedIn for more wisdom.

haa_cnvr-9016Let me preface the title by saying that I have worked nearly nonstop since I was 16 years old. When I joined The Collective several months ago, I walked in announcing that I was resigning the following day.

On my last day of The Collective (a mere three months later), I announced I had already resigned from my new job.

Why, you may ask? It is simple. I made a mistake. It wasn’t what I thought it would be and I felt I had exhausted my own energies trying to make it work.

I am not advocating for everyone to read this and walk into their place of business tomorrow and quit. What I am doing may not work for everyone.

What I realized through my “Collective” journey is that it is okay to leave a role you just started – even if it is under three months. There is no written rule that says, “Hey, I know you are miserable and things are not getting better, but you need to stay for a year.”

I didn’t take my decision to quit lightly. I reached out to trusted advisors and utilized my fellow “Collectivists” to run things by the group during Critical Question sharing. Overwhelmingly, from family, my mentor and The Collective – the answer I already knew became the response I received from all facets of my network: it was time to leave.

Since the time of my decision, and as I sit here with the terror of being “unemployed”, there is also a calm, and an excitement as to what is next for me.

So what is next? I am not sure. I am taking some time for myself, for my health, to reconnect with my family, to write, to create, to evolve and to dream.

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