Deciding to ttjasi

This page is part of a book: "How to ttjasi"
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Only you can make the decision to ttjasi, or to stay at your current job. Before you make any decision, you should talk it over with people whose advice you trust, including preferably some professional advice from a careers counsellor and a financial planner. And of course make sure you talk it over with your family and others affected. If it gets rough you will need their support.

Some things you should get sorted before taking a decision:

  • your priorities in life, as we already discussed
  • that your job is the problem: sometimes dissatisfaction at work is just a symptom of something else upsetting us

Try reading this: 10 signs that it’s time to look for a new job
And of course, try our quiz!

If you decide to do it, be prepared to change your mind. As you look further into possible strategies, then a plan, then what resources you have ... at any stage in that process you might get more information that shows it is not such a good idea after all. Be prepared to back out: no point ruining your life for a dramatic gesture. You may see stuff you can work on so you will be in a better position to try another time, e.g. saving some money, learning new skills, building up your network.

For that reason, don't tell anyone at work or elsewhere what you are planning if telling that person will make you feel bound to go through with it.

OK those are all the warnings to make sure you don't do anything rash. The flipside is overcoming the things that can hold you back, such as:

  • fear of change
  • fear of the unknown
  • lack of confidence
  • laziness or procrastination
To do a ttjasi, you need to take a leap. Read the stories on this site. Get advice and feedback on what you should aim for: listen to what trusted people think of your abilities. Write down your desired state of life - what you are aiming for - then envisage what it would be like to get there.

If you are not confident about something you need to do, (1) try yourself on simpler tasks first and (2) practice when it doesn't matter. For example:

  • Practice job interviews with a friend.
  • Interview for a few jobs before you quit, not really caring if you get them or not.
  • Start living on a tighter budget now.
  • Get part time work doing what you plan to do in future...
  • or offer to work for free for a few days to try it
  • Work from home if your current job allows [be careful, this is not always a good indicator: I could never get anything done when I worked from home for an employer. I goofed off. Now I work from home for myself, I'm the toughest boss I ever had!]


According to bestselling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly, while staying focused and motivated when it really counts. Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt-until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons. In fact, winners seek out the Dip.
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This page is part of a book: "How to ttjasi"
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