Sometimes, you just know. You know the product you want to buy. You know the direction you want to go. You know the person you want to marry. Sometimes, you just know.
In this case, I knew what I needed to do. I needed to quit my job.
And that's what I did. This was a classic case of following my gut.
I took my original position knowing I wasn't totally qualified for it. I thought I'd give it a shot. What did I have to lose? If anything, I learn something new. Worst case scenario? It doesn't work out - but I can still tell myself I gave it my all.
I gave it my all - and I quit.
It's been about a month and a half since quitting, and I've never been happier. I'll always remember my former employer as a place where failure and learning were encouraged, "work hard/play hard" was believed to the nth degree, and a place where everyone wanted you to succeed. Nothing but fond memories.
But I'm so much happier now. I wouldn't change my experience there, or my feeling now, for the world.
So if you feel like quitting, quit. Always - and I mean ALWAYS - chalk it up as a learning experience. I learned I didn't enjoy something and wasn't good at what I didn't enjoy. Was I going to let pride get in the way of me being a happy person? No way.
If you feel like you're in the same boat - really think about. Weigh the pros and cons.
Or just fucking do it.
I just did it and it worked out. Why can't it work out for you?