Job changing is an art!
The biggest challenge is timing the exit, few succeed in doing this.
So why is it a challenge?
As you may know no work place is perfect and not everything can go according to your liking. When things are going the way you may like you may not want to exit and ride the high, however when you hit a low you keep adjusting till a point comes and you say no more, at that point you want to simply get out but sadly the time you may have spent while trying to adjust might have done more harm than good, you may not be relevant anymore. This is why the timing is crucial.
This period of adjustment reminds me of a beautiful experiment.
Let us put a frog in a vessel of water and begin to heat it. The frog starts adjusting its body temperature accordingly to rising water’s temperature.
The frog keeps adjusting its temperature with increase in water’s temperature, quite natural you would say!
But something happens when the water is about to reach the boiling point, the frog is not able to adjust anymore, it is called the tipping point.
At this point the frog decides to jump.
The frog tries to jump but is unable to do so, he makes several attempts but fails miserably.
This is because the frog lost all its strength in adjusting with the rising water temperature.
Soon the frog dies.
The biggest question in this experiment is ‘What factor killed the frog?’
Many of us would say it is the boiling water that killed it.
But sadly the truth is that the frog killed itself. It was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out. It decided when it was too late. Adjusting initially is always right thing to do, but it is right only till a point.
We have to decide when to jump. Jump while you still have the strength.
Every time a good bye mail hit my Lotus Notes in office it reminds me of this story, am I that frog in the vessel?