Always Quitting, Never Sitting

If you’re anything like me, you have the desire to quit things, like ALL THE TIME.

I quit on relationships, jobs, workout plans. I have twelve books on my book shelf at home that I tell people I’m “reading”.

I’m not going to finish them.

When the going gets tough – hell, even boring – I’m looking for the next best thing.

I’m not saying I’m lazy, but I’m definitely saying for a lot of things I have a short attention span.

My friend’s mom is a high school teacher and at the end of every grade 12 year, she asks her kids what they plan to do when they get out of high school. All her teaching career, the large majority of the kids had a plan. “I’m going to become a doctor.” or “I’m going to school for business.” or “I’m going to travel the world.” There was a small fraction, maybe 5 percent, that weren’t sure.

But these past few years, she’s been noticing an alarming trend. Now the vast majority of the kids don’t know what they’re going to do when they get out. They’re lost. Certain career paths just don’t feel right. And so a lot of these kids go straight into the lower-level work force until they “figure it out”.

Why is this happening? Why are all these kids (and myself) feeling so lost?

I worked for a door-to-door sales company last summer. The beautiful moose in the picture was in one of the many small towns that we traveled through, across the country. It was probably  the coolest job I had ever worked. I literally got paid just to walk around and talk to people. On top of that, it was constantly pushing me out of my comfort zone and fostering my growing communication skills.

It was a sweet gig.

And yet, three months into the summer working season, I quit. I got lazy, started to feel like I wasn’t enjoying it anymore and drove across the country back to my home town.

So you might be saying, “Alright Kyle, well maybe it just wasn’t for you. You tried it. You didn’t like it. You quit.”

Well fair point, concerned citizen.

But here’s the thing, I LOVED that job for the first two months of it. If you could take all the core reasons behind why I enjoy the hobbies that I do, and you tied all those interests and drives into a single position title, it would be DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES REPRESENTATIVE.

Pretty attractive, right? Fathers, line up your daughters.

But seriously. I’m super into self-development. I love working with people. I love psychology and body language. Anything that gives me an opportunity to better understand my fellow human? Sign me up.

So why did I quit? I got discouraged for two weeks and went home.

The real funny thing is a couple weeks after I got back home, I already regretted my decision. I missed the work.

And I’m finding this universal trend all through my life. Where I start something I like, I get proficient at it, and then I quit it and try something else.

Part of me thinks that I’m still looking for my thing. But the other part of me, well he isn’t so sure.

I’ve got to plant my flag somewhere. Into something. Or I’m going to end up that thirty year old guy, working the valet station at some fancy hotel downtown.

Not that I have anything against those guys, but I just know that wouldn’t be my bliss.

I hear that opinions are like assholes and everyone has them, so leave me a little reply below if you’ve gone through a similar experience or have some wisdom to shine on the matter.


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