Should You Quit Your Job? Four Techniques To Make Better Leaving Decisions
This originally appeared on Forbes on October 11, 2022.
Quitting. It's a word full of negative connotations. To be labelled "a quitter" is a powerful insult. But former professional poker player and decision-science consultant Annie Duke's latest book, Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away, makes a persuasive case for how getting better at quitting can lead to more success in the long run. In a time where employees are increasingly evaluating their career choices and businesses are double-guessing their strategies, it's time for us all to get better at making decisions on when to quit.
"We have a bias against quitting," says Duke. "With The Great Resignation, people haven't talked about that as a celebration of those who quit. Nobody's saying 'This is amazing.' But we need to celebrate those people! When you're in a job, you're not necessarily doing a lot of re-evaluation of the other things you could be doing with your time." Her point is that we're missing an important trick if we don't.