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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/a">Anything You Want</a>”:</div>
<h1>Naïve Quitting</h1>
<small>2010-05-24</small>
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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 too happy there!
	I was scared that if I didn’t force myself to quit, I’d never leave.
	Too comfortable.)
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	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:
	I found and trained my replacement.
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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="https://twitter.com/capricornsister">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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	Ten 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 — deciding from scratch what seems like the right thing to do, instead of just doing what others do.
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