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<title>Naïve Quitting </title>
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My first real job was as the librarian at <a href="http://www.warnerchappell.com/">Warner/Chappell Music</a>.
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I loved it. I was 20 years old, just graduated college, just moved to New York City. I took it really seriously and learned a lot.
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After 2½ years, though, I decided to quit to be a full-time musician. (Partially because I was <em>too</em> happy there! If I didn't force myself to quit, I was scared I'd never leave. Too comfortable.)
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<strong>Since I had never quit a job before, and didn't know how, I did what seemed to be the respectful and considerate thing to do: find and train my replacement.</strong>
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(It wasn't my boss's fault I wanted to quit, so why should I make it his problem? If I want to quit, it's my problem.)
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I called on my old friend <a href="http://www.facebook.com/people/Nikki-Alcazar/756291693">Nikki</a>, who I knew would be perfect, and offered her my job at my current salary.
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She came with me to the office for a week while I trained her in every aspect of the job.
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Once she had it mastered, I went into my boss's office on a Friday afternoon and said, “<strong>I need to quit now, but I've already trained my replacement.</strong> She's great. She'll take over for me starting Monday.”
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My boss just looked a little stunned, then said, “Uh. Well. OK. We'll miss you. Tell her to see HR about the paperwork.” And that was that.
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10 years later, I'm running my own company, and for the first time, an employee tells me he needs to quit.
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I said, “Drag. Well. OK. I wish you the best! Who's your replacement?”
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He looked confused.
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I said, “Have you found and trained a replacement yet?”
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He looked a little stunned, then said, “No.... I think that's your job.”
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Now I was stunned. I asked a few friends, and found out he was right. People can just quit a job without finding and training their replacement. I had no idea. All these years, I just assumed what I did was normal.
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There's a benefit to being naïve to the norms of the world.
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Deciding from scratch what seems like the right thing to do, instead of just doing what others do.
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Positive <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomie">anomie</a>.
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