When Is The Right Time To Quit Your Job? Former Netflix Exec Offers Simple Algorithm To Solve That Dilemma

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Is it time to leave your job? Patty McCord has a simple method to understand if you're where you need to be (or not).

Most people will change jobs 10-15 times in their lifetime. How do you know when you should start looking for greener pastures? When is the right time to quit your job?

Patty McCord, the former chief talent officer at Netflix, devised a simple algorithm to find out if your job is right for you. If you're thinking of moving on, here are some questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Is this what you love to do?
  • Is this something you're good at?
  • Is this something the world needs?

McCord gave Yahoo Finance three potential scenarios of the algorithm:

Sometimes, she said, "You could be doing so much more and there's stuff you're really passionate about and the company just doesn't care."

Other times, "You've got a job you can do; you just don't love it."

In still other cases, "You work really hard every day and you know it doesn't matter."

If these scenarios ring true for you, then you probably should start looking around for a better fit.

When should you quit your job? Follow your Ikigai.

McCord's algorithm reminds us a lot of this Japanese concept called "Ikigai", or your "reason for being". Your Ikigai is what makes you get out of bed in the morning and lead a full and meaningful life.

It's what makes you come alive.

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Sadly, not everyone is able to find their Ikigai. But oftentimes, this is because people don't know where to start.

To find it, you can ask yourself these four questions:

  1. What do you love?
  2. What are you good at?
  3. What cause do you believe in?
  4. What will people pay you to do?

As you can see, these questions are very similar to McCord's algorithm. Learning what your Ikigai is can give your life direction and clarity, but you need to act on it.

"Ikigai is not something grand or extraordinary," Gordon Matthews, professor of anthropology at the University of Hong Kong, tells Chaaipani. "It's something pretty matter-of-fact. Knowing your Ikigai is not enough — you have to put your purpose into action."


So, is it time to leave your job? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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