In June 2011, I graduated as a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from a university in Chennai, India. Straight out of the university (within three days of my last exam), I went to work at a reputed company. It seemed the most obvious path to take, my parents encouraged it and all my friends seemed to be doing it.
Eight months into it, I was not so sure. I was barely getting time for myself and there were too many personal projects that I wanted to try out. So I decided to quit my job, now I am working on several internet projects, most of them (at the time of writing) are still in the development phase. Hopefully, they will take shape in the coming months.
Why I Quit My Job
Here I share with you the factors that motivated to quit my job:
In Ten Years time
The first thing that bothered me while I worked for the company was the haunting question: Do I see myself in this industry, ten years down the line? I most definitely did not. In that case, I was doing nothing but wasting everybody’s time. More importantly, I was wasting my own time, involving in many things that won’t help my future cause.
Life can’t wait
Many people told me that I should work for a few years before I startup. I differed in opinion, it is better to do what you want at the youngest age possible, you will make mistakes faster and you will learn quicker. By the time I am thirty, I would probably know a lot more than my other counter parts.
Its not always about the money
The money was good. Better than others who had the same qualification. But it is not always about the money, I thank God for the maturity he has given me to understand that the money can only make you happy so much. The real happiness and sense of motivation only comes with the job you love and the things one is passionate about.
I hate Hierarchy
I am not saying here that I cannot respect people, but I hate the corporate hierarchy system. The very fact that if I need a leave for my personal work, I need to ask permission from some guy who I don’t give a crap about. Is this freedom? I call it slavery. So I quit my job, I would die poor than waste my time trying to work in an environment that thrives on blindly respecting an individual regardless of quality and standard, but only designation.
I want something of my own
This is the last and perhaps the most important point of all, for why I quit my job. There is an innate urge in me to create something and to see it grow from a small seed to a huge tree. I like the pride of owning something that was built from scratch by me. This blog, although not all that popular, always gives me a great sense of achievement.
In the end, it all boils down to passion. I would rather spend my life doing things that I dream to and being in an industry that I love being in. We are no longer in the Industrial age, where only stereotypical jobs can help you make a livelihood. We live in an age, where anyone with passion for his work and perseverance to boot can lead a comfortable life. And, that is why I quit my job.