I was shopping at Aldi as a college student, and I only had a few dollars to my name. I had to take a few things out of my box because I didn’t have enough to buy everything I wanted. I was in between paychecks. I literally had less than $10 to my name when I was buying groceries.

I was broke.

I still remember exactly how I felt on the way back to my apartment. I was quiet and deep in my own thoughts. It was the first time I thought to myself that I would never let this happen again. I would never let myself get to the point where I had to make life decisions in line at a discount grocery store.

It was a sickening feeling I could feel deep in my stomach.

Yes, I could have asked my parents for more money, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I had convinced myself that I was going to be completely independent and I would do it all by myself. I had no choice.

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There are plenty of reasons that you should quit your job, many which aren’t discussed in the open. I believe there are reasons to quit your job even if you like the company you working for.

Here are 10:

1) It will make you more money – The title of this article explains it all:Employees That Stay In Companies Longer Than 2 Years Get Paid 50% Less

2) You will build a better professional network – The easiest way to build your network is to join another company. You will be introduced to many people that you wouldn’t have met otherwise. Also, if you do it right you can still maintain a great relationship with your ex colleagues and bosses. Who knows, in a later life you could become your ex-bosses boss.

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When I resigned from a large consulting company after 3 years of working as a consultant, I sent out my farewell email at the end of the week. The next day, the CEO sent it out to the ENTIRE US Consulting Practice. (A lot of people).

Note: I wasn’t a Director, Partner, Senior Manager or even a Manager. I was a Senior Consultant. I didn’t save the company millions of dollars by inventing a new methodology or product. I wasn’t given any top performance awards or recognized as a global leader within a company.

I can only guess it was because he saw something noteworthy of sharing. In short: I loved working there & it showed in my e-mail.

If you’re quitting, here is exactly what you need to do to leave on a good note: (more…)

Meeting is the name. Coffee is the game.

Mark Suster inspired me to take 50 coffee meetings. I took his advice, and then I took it again, and again and again and again. To the tune of 250 coffee meetings in 400 days. The result was phenomenal.

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My main motivation to do this was because 1)I like people and 2)I knew no one in Chicago after I quit my job. I wanted to get connected in a deep way.

Here is a summary of what has happened:

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