Feeling depressed about your job at the end of a particularly long workweek? Slate’s Deborah Jian Lee has some bold words of advice for you: quit! In a personal essay that recounts her first postcollege job in finance, Lee writes about the inner tension between her desire to be a “grown-up” and the immediate realization that she didn’t fit in with her colleagues. She stuck it out for three years because she thought a job with a 401(k) and a dress code was the responsible thing to do, but eventually she had an epiphany: “It’s time to be a real grown-up and make hard decisions.” She quit to pursue a career in writing. Living the dream!
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