When are you ready to quit your job?

I want to but I don’t

Adulting in your 30s
3 min readMay 27, 2024
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I started work on Monday with anxiety creeping in. My manager is coming back from a two week holiday. Is he going to think I did a good job? Or is he going to wonder what I’d been doing for two weeks?

Do I really think he will think I did nothing?

Maybe not. But my brain was not being rational.

Then, checking my personal email, I saw the subject: Second round interview — Last chance.

I had applied on a whim to an early stage accelerator where they promise to put you with like-minded ambitious people to find your co-founder. And potentially provide your first round of funding.

I got a first interview and was excited going into it. Until I learned that I would have to quit my job to be part of the accelerator. No taking a leave of absence. No long vacation. Full commitment.

And I don’t feel ready for that.

It’s not that I love my job. I used to, but that job is long gone with a major reorg a year ago. Yet, I objectively know that my job is still a “good job.” Respectable brand. Competitive salary. More than average perks. Interesting colleagues that I can call friends.



Adulting in your 30s

Musings and self reflections of a 30 something who feels like an adult but a kid at the same time