“There are two ways to live your life, you can go to work or school everyday and do whatever you do and then go home and sit there OR you can seize life by its throat and choke it until it dies.” -Jimmy Kimmel
Yes, this is another post about people quitting this place. Yes, I’m running out of ways to open up blog posts about analyst quitting. Yes, I stumbled upon the awesome quote above whilst procrastinating by youtube-ing Olympics stuff (and yes, I even procrastinate about writing a blog post).
So yes, it’s been quite the revolving door here. But you know what I realized? The sky doesn’t fall down whenever someone leaves – no matter how much institutional knowledge that person possesses, no matter how little transitioning period there is, no matter how fresh the replacements are.
The lesson? Never make career choices because of someone else, look out for number one, forever and always. In other words, you got to take life by the throat and choke it.
In two very different ways, that’s why two of our most recent sub-VP level bankers left. You get comfortable, inertia takes over, and then one day, you wonder how you ever got to that spot in the first place.
Case in point: On a particularly late Sunday night, one of our interns said, “I can’t believe I’m going into an industry where you have to stay until 3am on a Sunday night because you didn’t do enough work over the weekend.”
And like our two recently “quitted” members, there’s been many times when I’ve wondered how I got to this place. When did it become normal to leave the office at 1am every night?
The flip side of this is the actual act of quitting. Lots of closed door talks. A bit of flair and a bit of dramatics. In some ways it makes sense as it is the biggest weapon in your arsenal, but remember how I said there appears to be a lot of leverage on our sides? Well, that leverage, like a nuclear weapon, only works to your advantage if you DON’T use it.
In college, I witnessed had pretty dramatical resignations. Like the dumper to the dumpee, that moment of resigning must carry with it a confluence of emotions, designed to help the resigner cope with the guilt.
But resigning your 6-figure-paying job shouldn’t be like quitting a college club or a ending a teenage relationship. Those are fraught with emotions and admittedly some immaturity. In a slightly more ideal environment, it should never come to that point, since we get paid on a biweekly basis….we should at least reevaluate our situation on a bimonthly basis?
I guess there’s no real brilliant insight here other than to say that you have to occasionally stop and think about what you’re doing, or else you reach a breaking point and it will be life that chokes you – and not the other way around.