Do you have that one mistake that you keep on making?
For me, I guess it's quitting my job too early. From 2011 to 2015, I worked with three companies and left them all. Not to mention, I also tried blogging full time during the second half of 2013. So, I left three jobs in just over three years.
I have always told others (and myself) that I quit because there was something else I wanted to try, to explore, or to learn. That I wanted to grow.
But deep down, I always knew that there's another reason why. I quit because I was afraid of more work and responsibilities.
I quit my first job when my boss told me that I would be traveling more to other regional offices. I quit my second job when I was about to be promoted and I had to work overtime more. I quit my third job a few months before the IT upgrade that would change the way I did my work was about to be completed.
The result: I did not progress as much in my career as a financial analyst.
Maybe it's really part of the process of discovering the work you are meant to do, and maybe it's not really a mistake, but for the sake of this post, I kept making the same mistake because I did not learn the lessons behind it.
I did not learn how to endure, to commit, to work harder, and to take more responsibilities. And, in the end, I did not grow in my career.
When we set out to make our dreams a reality, we start by trying new things. When we try new things, making mistakes is certain. It's automatic. But, learning from our mistakes is not. And we need to learn from our mistakes in order for us to grow. And when we grow, we become more prepared for the fulfillment of our dreams.
Next month, it will be a year and a half since I joined the company I'm working with. For the past few months, my boss and our CEO have been giving me more assignments and bigger responsibilities. And yes, I thought of quitting so many times. But, I don't want to make the same mistake again. I need to learn how to handle bigger responsibilities. And I also need to learn to make the most of my limited time to work on my dream of becoming a full-time blogger. (Because when I have more time, the more I spend it on mindless internet surfing.)
How about you? Are thinking of quitting something? But before you quit, is there something that you need to learn?