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It was a Saturday, my plane landed, and I was all set to relax during a short weekend getaway, when an email came through on my phone. I’d lost my job. I showed it to my boyfriend in the seat next to me. “These things happen,” I said, smiling and putting my phone away. “It’s probably for the best. Let’s enjoy our trip.” I praised myself for being strong and accepting the situation. In reality, I was in complete denial that I just lost a job I loved.
When you’re stuck in a job you hate, it’s easy to read a few articles about pursuing your dreams and find the validation you were looking for to turn in your resignation letter. But what feels like a terrible job may not be permanently terrible — in certain situations, it may be worth your while to try to fix your job, rather than jump ship.
It’d be nice if we all had the freedom to work on whatever our hearts desired throughout the day, but in reality, most creatives work a day job and then tackle their own projects in their spare time. As screenwriter Brian Koppelman points out, having only an hour or two to work on your project each day isn’t necessarily a limitation. It can promote focus.
Should you stay or should you go? It’s rarely a simple decision to make, but if you think through your options you can make it more confidently. This flowchart can help.