Stepping off the treadmill
ABC 148: On my biggest fears going out on my own
Six weeks ago I quit my job at IDEO, a job I loved for nearly four years. I had known I was going to leave for months. I drafted the company-wide goodbye email weeks before my last day. But the second I hit send, I felt a pang of doubt.
Had I made the wrong choice? Should I have stayed six more months to vie for my next promotion? Who leaves a good job with nothing lined up on the other side?
I’ve heard these voices before. Truth is, I’ve always been a doubter. Whether it’s a life decision or sandwich order, I often have to unpack some combination of buyer’s remorse, Jewish guilt, and millennial fomo before I develop the nerve to make up my mind.
In the weeks since I left full-time employment, I’ve interrogated the source of those voices in my head and compiled them into a rather personal essay. Leaving a great job is scary! I hope the essay is relatable to anyone who has considered working for themselves or chosen to zag when it would have been easier to zig.
Here’s the piece: Dealing with Doubt on the Pathless Path
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