Quitting a job that's a bad fit, or even just not as great a fit as it might once have seemed, is for many people a sign of high emotional intelligence.
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The U.S. Department of Labor revealed Friday that 4.4 million people, reflecting 3 % of the entire U.S. workforce, left their jobs during September.
That number broke the record that had been set in August, which in turn had broken the previous record, set in July.
Emotional intelligence is the practiced awareness of how emotions affect your communications and efforts, coupled with strategies that you develop to leverage your emotions and other people's emotions in order to help you achieve goals.
Most people have one of two reactions:
“I left my job because I realized that I’d followed someone else's plan for my life, and even if it had worked out on paper, I wasn't thrilled with the result; meanwhile, the fear of simply being branded "a quitter" had stopped me from finding an off-ramp earlier.”
We encourage people not to quit even though it's like a series of textbook examples of what economic theory tells us not to do: basically, the sunk cost fallacy, which drives people to continue a course of action in order to just...
Both explanations miss the point.
We encourage people to continue on certain courses of action because they're the courses of action they've already put time and effort into:
“I left my job because I simply considered my value as a worker and realized that the people I was working for couldn't or wouldn't ever likely be able to perceive it.”
It’s certainly swimming upstream, trying to get people to embrace the idea of "quitting" as a morally neutral word at least, and perhaps even something to be admired in the aggregate.
But emotionally intelligent people know: Stripping the abstract emotional connotations of the conce...
“People who quit things are losers.”
“Quitting one thing makes it easier to quit other things later in life .”
“I left my job because I realized that I’d stuck around too long out of a misplaced sense of moral duty.”
“I left my job because I thought hard about what I was doing for a living, and realized it didn't fit with my long-term goals.”
“I left my job because I realized that by taking up the spot and performing at least competently (even if it wasn't the perfect position), I was blocking someone else for whom it might be a dream job.”
We can't know whether it's a "good" thing or not without knowing the object of the verb. Examples:
“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison
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People with low emotional intelligence are afraid of painful feelings in others, so they try to make them go away. For example, they try to explain why you shouldn't feel the way you do or attempt to solve your bad mood.
A sign of high emotional intelligence is when someone is willing ...
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