Hello everyone…it has been a great pleasure, discussing the topic of Passion Vs Paycheck, over the last few weeks. Now, in continuation with the existing chain of topics, let us discuss the appropriate time when you should take the call, quit your job and switch over to your passion!!
Believe me, neither it sounds easy, not it is easy in practice…quitting your job, a steady source of income and a medium of financial stability…just to follow your passion!!! Interestingly, the uneasiness that will drag you away from making such a decision can be fully avoided if a proper thinking process is involved in making the decision.
Before moving ahead, I must admit one thing…Yes!! The passion and profession can easily go hand in hand, without quitting either!!! But there are some much-defined boundaries to this, regarding when the parallel process gets misbalanced enough to take a call!!!
I shall discuss that in detail…
In my last blog entry, dated at 3 July 18, “Timing the decision: When is the right time to quit your job and move to your passion– An inside take from Rowan Atkinson’s (Mr. Bean) success story!!!”, I have talked about the concept of matching your internal indicators to that of the external indicators. The external indicators are all your well-wishers, family, friends, who can tell you that your passion and talent levels are at adequate levels for you to give them a full-time dedication. The internal indicator is your soul, the conscience, which if starts vibrating in the same frequency as that of your external indicators implies that it is the right time to quit the job and follow the profession.
So, it is obvious that one should continue pursuing the passion along with the profession, in parallel, as long as either of the indicators is not matching!!! Simple…isn’t it!!!
Strangely, the internal indicator, your conscience, also has an emergency exit alarm facility!!! This alarm rings specific to a scenario when some very stressful or excessively demanding work situations. For example, too much traveling or working late for work results in disturbing the normal routine and might consume the time allotted for your passion, say reading, writing, singing, dancing, etc. Most of these situations are temporary in the jobs, but if they persist enough to create a long-lasting impact on the time you give to your passion, every day!!
So, the emergency exit alarm of the internal indicator actually rings it hard when you feel that something at work is stressful enough that it continuously hampers your commitment and inclination towards your passion!!!
This might sound a bit harsh, but most companies want their employees to be pushed to such levels, where there is no scope of your passion sustaining further. This adds flavor to the companies’ favor, making sure that the employee won’t suddenly leave the job merely to follow their passion!!
But, if you feel the inner urge, realizing the internal indicator buzzing hard…you have to then gather insights from the external indicators, explaining the specific situation to them. Now, you have to again gather the views and then try matching the overall votes of the external and internal indicators. If the decision is Yes…you know how to quit the job, professionally!!!
Adding some practical insight into this theory, let us discuss, Indian cricket legend, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s story…the story of the man who made India win 2 world cup titles in his career, under his very leadership!!!
MS Dhoni belongs to a lower middle-class family from Jharkhand, where his father was a helper class professional in a government-run organization. After Dhoni gathered enough fame in his early days, his father reluctantly supported him to pursue his passion and keep applying for jobs as well. After his graduation, utilizing the sports quota, he got a job as the Railway ticket checker at the Kharagpur Station. The job was a big deal for his family members, but his aims were nowhere even close to a ticket checker jobs. Dhoni was then following a dual commitment routine where he was working hard during the day shifts and burning the night oil to play cricket. Within a few months, Dhoni realized that his game was not improving and his job was getting more demanding in terms of stress and overall hours.
One fine day, the legend took a tough call, quit his job and went back to his native place. Initially, the family members took it badly, but due to the eventual support of the friends and his dedicated hours of hard work, everyone started supporting him for his passion!! Dhoni started playing brilliantly in all the tournaments again and within a year, he made it to the International cricket team…playing for India. The rest…is history…the man; the legend is still on the field and creating more records for his nation!!!
The internal indicator’s emergency exit alarm did work for him…it can work for you too!!!! All the best!!!