For six consecutive months, I was employed at a hotel owned and operated by an extremely low-rated franchisee, Columbia Sussex. I have always been an inspiration to others by displaying such strong optimism, but this company contradicted that throughout my employment.
I accepted a front desk position and was excited to see what the new opportunity would present. The initial plan was to gain experience in this entry-level position and over time, climb my way up the career ladder in sales. Unfortunately, that idea diminished shortly after seeing each individual in higher positions, dread and constantly complain about work. Management should lead by example and motivate their employees. They should encourage lower-level employees to want to compete for higher-ranked job openings.
The management at this location achieved quite the opposite. Why would I, let alone we, want to work towards their position if they aren’t happy or motivated to come in each day? The internal culture made absolutely no sense. An entry-level employee shouldn’t be heard by the Director of Sales bashing the company they work for. It turns us off from wanting to show up each day.
The day I decided to quit, was the day my employer forced me to work a valet shift twenty-four hours after I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg. After showing them the paper work, they still had me work the valet position. I mean, the doctor note stated I could not work at all unless I am sitting but I figured I would suck it up.
(For those of you who have experienced a blood clot, standing up with the last thing you want or can do because of the pain it brings. On top of that, you have to listen to the doctor*quick chuckle).
I knew that quitting meant I would no longer have a stream of income, but I decided to go through with it. Quitting allowed me to regain what I had lost while working there. I regained my motivation and became optimistic once again. I just coasted and remained employed with them for a paycheck. I didn’t want to grow within the company, I just needed to pay my bills. I needed to survive.
It seems as when you are content and secured, you stop visualizing and putting fourth the effort. When I knew I could pay my bills on time and could afford a roof over my head, I stopped worrying. I stopped trying to better myself. No longer was I reading educational and business related articles. I had lost my ambition.
After quitting, I knew that I no longer had a stream of income to pay my bills. Quitting encouraged me to apply for other jobs rather put it off to the side. It forced me to take action now rather than later due to the fact that I was no longer financially secured.
Quitting my job without a financial safety net created more exciting opportunities that I might’ve missed out on. Unemployment creates a sense of urgency. That sense of urgency enabled me to apply to fifty-two positions with other companies and organizations that resulted in a position with Ethos Consulting Group.
As of now, I am earning more money and I am financially stable. I am taking my girlfriend out on cute dates. I took one of my best friends out for their twenty-first birthday. I am having my buddies over for an ultimate Fornite gaming night tonight. But most importantly, I regained my optimism and drive.
Least to say, I am truly happy.