“You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know when to run.” – Kenny Rogers
I can just see it now, the gambler sitting at the table contemplating if he should fold them and walk away or hold them and get ready to lay down. Thus this thing called life. In our professions, we have to know when to hold the cards that we were dealt and prepare to lay down or know when to fold them and find something else to do with our lives.
There will be a time when you go into work and you will realize that maybe it is time to fold them. You have been working hard without any merit, maybe there’s some office politics, perhaps it is not your dream, and you have to make that decision. I love the book from Jon Acuff, Quitter, which helps the reader on “closing the gap between your day job and your dream job.” It is a direct reflection on the ever changing demographics in the workplace. The following statistics from Forbes.com are astounding, yet they shine a light that maybe you are not alone in the “fold them” mentality.
1) They don’t like their boss (31%),
2) A lack of empowerment (31%),
3) Internal politics (35%) and
4) Lack of recognition (43%).
Each of these percentages are people who decided to fold them because of the reasons above. They chose to win with hand that they were dealt. I am not telling you to go and quit your job today. I am not even suggesting that you should quit. However, if you are finding yourself with a bad hand – perhaps it’s time to fold them, quit complaining, and make a decision to win with the hand that you are dealt.