Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

There are those who espouse the importance of following our dreams in business, those who encourage us to leave our job if we don't like it, those who say it's not about the money it's about the enjoyment, and those who suggest we give it all away and take the plunge to start our own company. 

Most of those who say these things are already comfortable - either financially or emotionally. But what about those of us who don't like being unsettled, who can find some pleasures in our work although it is not really what we want to do, who may have a job that we don't like but the money is good, or someone like me who has just started his business and had two large contracts cancelled? What should we do?

For us, sometimes it is more about security. Security in employment, security in knowing our work, security in the day-to-day schedule, security in being able to plan ahead without concern about where the next dollar will come from. For those of us who enjoy security it is about making the most of what we have. 

If you are in a job that you don't like but you feel secure in, I say don't leave your job. Instead make the most of a bad situation and find ways to make that job more enjoyable. If you have always had dreams of owning your own business, speak to others who have 'made it' in the business world but also to those who have struggled so that you gain a full perspective of how tough it can be. 

It's not always about the money but if you don't have money life can be hard. In his hierarchy of needs, Abraham Maslow identifies food, water and shelter as our basic needs to survive. Today you can add money to that list because without money you will find it very difficult to buy food, to pay for services and to have a home to live in.

Life can be exciting if you have your own business, but it can also be a struggle. If that means giving up on your dream of becoming a millionaire; of owning your own business; of having a job that will be enjoyable but pays much less than your current one, then you have may have to stay where you are or give up on your dream if you have already taking the plunge.

If you stay in your current job you may be left wondering "if only I had...". So what, you can change a thought as easy as it arrived. Would you rather be able to say that you have your own business but are always worried or would you rather be comfortable in your current job and emotionally well? I know which one I prefer.