Quitting Does Not Mean Failure: Knowing when to Leave.

by Marsha Glover

On May 15, 2017, I did something I have never done before…I quit my job without any notice. I have been working since I was 16 years old when I was hired with my BFF as shoe saleswomen at Kinney Shoe store in Green Acres Mall.  My first job was like my first boyfriend; it started out great, to only end with my boss telling me my best friend was a better sales person than I was.  I was then demoted to stock room and clean up duty aka the cleanup woman.  I should have quit and left on my own terms but I was no quitter! I hung around until my boss terminated my position.  My next job was in the same mall at Sears as a sales person in their woman’s department.  I was not going to let my former boss tell me I was not a good sales person!  In fact, I was going to prove him wrong by being the best sales person at Sears.  I am not sure if I was the best sales person because we were not on commission, but I received accolades until I had to leave for college.

 

I’ve had many jobs after Sears…but none that I’ve quit.  If I left a job, it was due to relocation, childcare or I simply outgrew my position and I always left by submitting at least a two-week notice. I am not sure why but I felt liberated when I quit on that day in May.     A friend and colleague of mine told me I probably would have stayed employed if I was not placed in an uncomfortable situation.  I would have probably continued to make excuses on why and how to make this work.  He continued to say that “the company we work for already has an established name, its time for you to establish your own name.  His advice gave me the motivation to start blogging and become an entrepreneur that includes launching my own clothing line, Newde. I have always saw and supported the greatest in others but never in myself. You should never make a career out of being a student or an assistant.  If you do, there will be no progress or growth!

I did not quit my first job because I feared it meant that I was a quitter. Even when all the signs were there that this was not the job for me, and my role was not appreciated, I still hung in there until I had to leave; not on my own terms but on someone else’s.  The life lesson I learned is to know when to call it quits and KNOW your self-worth. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a job it could be a relationship.  In relationships, we sometimes never know when to leave. If I had not quit my job when I did, I would not have had the courage and the support to start my own clothing line and this blog.


9 Comments

  • Ryan Glover August 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Pitch perfect babe! ????????

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    • Marsha Chin-Glover August 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you Babe!! My biggest Fan 🙂 I won’t quit you!

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  • J-Lyn August 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey. It takes a lot of courage to share your story so candidly. Your transparency indeed inspires & motivates others while being therapeutic to thyself. As your blogs & posts reflect genuineness and passionate. A beauty both inside and out. May the peace & favor of God be upon you as you continue to answer your true life calling. That you are provided with wisdom, resources & direction as you fulfill your life purpose. May grace & mercy follow you in all business & personal endeavors. Keep sharing, keep smiling because greater lies ahead 🙂

    Many Blessings to you and your family.

    Warmest regards,

    J-Lyn

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    • Marsha Chin-Glover August 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you so much J-Lyn for your kind words and your prayers. I am so humbled by your feedback. I was scared at first to start blogging because it meant stepping from behind the scenes, a place that I had gotten comfortable being. Your supportive comments reassure my decision to step out on faith and start this blog. I wish you the best in your endeavors and pray for blessings for you and your family.

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  • ALLISON August 12, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Wow and already you are an inspiration! So glad I found this blog. I even put my daughter on lol. She just started her own blog. You will be great!

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    • Marsha Chin-Glover August 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you for reading and so happy to hear about your daughter. All the best to her on her blog! I think blogging is such great outlet to connect with yourself and others.

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  • Lo August 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I am in a similar situation but haven’t found the courage to move on. There is some security in getting that steady paycheck (and more so a good one). But I am aware that it is time to see what is next. I keep giving myself deadlines, by summer, by September 1st, by New Years…I have to find the courage to just rip the bandaid. Again thank you I really appreciate your journey and your voice.

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    • Marsha Chin-Glover August 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Thank you for reading! I am so familiar with the security that comes with that steady paycheck. It is really difficult to know when to leave a situation for a greater good. I wish you the best in your journey to see whats next and may the New Year bring you good fortune.

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  • Tiffany M September 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Marsha, I am loving your blogs. You provide great insight and inspiration. This particular blog is where I am at now. I have been considering doing a sports blog. I have been so nervous to start it and put myself out there. A friend of mine has been pushing me to follow my passion of sports. I have been hesitant to take that leap but seeing what you are doing and accomplish. I may take a stab at writing my first sports blog this week. Once again, keep these coming.

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