The question asked in this article’s title is not only for sports games, but can be for any other extracurricular activity or hobby. Should you quit your job to attend the Olympics? Or to hear your favorite author speak because he/she is coming to town and you just couldn’t get off? Or to attend the presidential inauguration? Anything that you’re passionate about and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presents itself in that area: Does this opportunity equal your income?
I ask these questions because a Red Sox fan recently quit his job to attend Game 1 of the World Series in Boston. According to Yahoo! Sports, Gino Marcello, a former furniture salesman in Rochester, NY, quit his job after his boss refused to let him take off work to attend the big game.
“He said I couldn’t take off this week because I didn’t get him enough notice,” Marcello said. “I told him I wasn’t coming in. And here I am.”
Marcello later said he’d find something new and it wasn’t worth it.
The story even said that he brought a large sign with the words “I Quit my Job for This” written across it to the stadium.
Now, another site recently updated this story with details that may show that Marcello worked at a family owned business; so, his “quitting” may not be all that it seems. But the question still remains whether or not it is justifiable (and a wise decision) to quit one’s job for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?
I don’t follow baseball, so let’s use the popular television show “American Idol” for an example. Say a woman, we’ll call her Ashley, learns that the TV show plans to host auditions for one day only in her current city. Ashley has high hopes of becoming a famous singer and she regularly sings around the local community trying to promote herself. Ashley goes to her manager at a local retail store and asks for the ‘audition day’ off. Her manager refuses. Following her passion and believing the chance that this opportunity will present itself again is slim to none, Ashley goes to the audition anyway and ends up losing her retail position.
Was following her heart worth it?
While I believe the answer to this question is subjective, I do think there are a few objective things one can do before deciding to quit his/her job in general. Below are just four:
1. Make sure you have another job. This obviously won’t work for those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, but if you’re a worker feeling restless, bored and unchallenged (and/or unappreciated) on the job, you may want to secure another position before quitting. The job market is tough nowadays, and you don’t want to be unemployed for a long period of time because you didn’t adequately prepare yourself.
2. Ensure you have enough savings. Oftentimes, people will quit their jobs and not think about their financial states. Even if one has a new job, you need to think about the transition period. Will there be a gap between your last paycheck and your first paycheck from your new employer? If so, do you have enough money to cover all your expenses during that time?
The same is true should you decide to disregard point no.1 and quit your job without having a new role. Making sure you have enough money saved to cover all your expenses while unemployed will be one less MAJOR headache for you to deal with.
3. Reevaluate your motives. When you feel like you want to quit your job, it’s good to pause and reevaluate your motives. A lot of times people make irrational decisions based off their feelings. Take some time to really examine your reasoning behind wanting to quit in order to help you uncover if leaving the company 1) is necessary or 2) has to be immediate.
4. Look at the big picture. This is similar to point 3 when it comes to acting off your current feelings. It’s good to get out of your emotions and think about the bigger picture. Is your job helping you achieve your career goals? How will quitting affect your progress toward your future plans? It’s important to remember your end goal to ensure that leaving a job now won’t negatively affect you and your career later.