When to Walk Away

You spend most of the day sitting at your desk pretending to read emails and toggling back and forth between Facebook and CNN. This is not a good sign.

Ending anything is difficult: a romance, a friendship, and, of course, a job. But sometimes an end is just the beginning you need.

Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not implying that you walk away at the first sign of restlessness or unpleasantness. You won’t always be happy or satisfied, and that’s just fine. Sometimes you must do the work that you don’t 100 percent like in order to build a career that you 100 percent love.

But if you’re sitting at your desk and you know you’re not supposed to be there, then by all means get up and walk away. An unsatisfied, undervalued employee is the most dangerous person in the room.

The tricky part about knowing when to walk away is that there isn’t a list of generic symptoms. There are symptoms, of course, but they’re far too personal to generalize. The easiest rule to follow is this: you know when to walk away when you know when to walk away. Excuse the mysticism. But if you’ve ever been in this situation I’m sure you understand.

The bottom line? You’re better than 40 hours of toggling. You have more to offer than the ability to look busy. Be brave. Be confident. Get the hell out of Dodge.

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