Hey. Can you keep a secret?
I have made what has been the toughest decision of my professional career. No easy choices, but the setup for an easy (-ier) life?
Set the scene: A job offer came in from a prestigious company.
- Great interviews (really, some of the best)
- Higher title than expected
- Alright pay
- Household name
- Virtually no competition
- Secure and exciting future
- Cool work
- Some of the smartest people to ever work with
- Stellar perks
- Fine equity
- Placed uniquely in the world with a huge business moat/niche
- Team believed in me
Sky’s the limit here.
But Wait! There’s More!
Air the laundry:
- Equity comp could be better per industry reports
- Hard work
- Associated to some difficult conversations
- Requires me to uproot what I have built in my town since 2016:
- Familiar routines and places
- Growing new social groups, routines, and other relationships
- Requires giving up on a 3-6 month world-travel plan in 2023 what was a WIP
- State taxes
- City traffic!
What to Do?
I negotiated, I researched, I quizzed oracles, I asked friends, I followed my mentors’ and my own advice… Everything swayed.
I could go to bed with a decision in my head, only to change it in the morning after journaling. Then, talking to a friend, change it by lunch. Come an article or two read through, the choice flips again – what to do!?
Why I Did What I Did
I said “no” to this decision twice. TWICE.
Then came the nightmares.
I dreamt of the work, of the opportunity, of making change. I am not one for distressed rest, yet still I lost sleep.
So I sat with someone whose brain processes things the same way mine does – first off, they called me out for indecision. I usually am swift because something is obviously right or highly weighted in a correct direction – such wishy-washy-ness is so… unbecoming 😭
Pouring the pebbles of info into this person’s ear, they came to a decision… Then changed it.
This second stance they affirmed. And for me, that was the answer I needed. Perhaps permission, perhaps a sanity check, perhaps an alleviation from the heavy thoughts… I made calls the next day, and signed the docs that week following the denial. Oof.
So It Goes
Regardless, here we are! The work has begun in a tornado. For three weeks now I have been going out every day, nearly every hour to say “goodbye” to friends, places, and attend parties in my honor.
I have fantastic friends. Humbled to the nth degree.
All that said, I am also one to mitigate. A big move carries risk – here are a few sandbags shoring up my position:
- Airbnb – Why sign a lease when with 30-days notice I can leave? Why move and carry around furniture and material excess when I can type my blog from a kitchen table provided by another in a private apartment? (Pretty meta here…)
- Below Means – Live as I have before. While I am not traveling to low-cost areas as I have before, income outweighs my expenses a hefty bit. Remaining frugal (not a poverty-practice, though I know I can – perhaps a post on this topic later), shoving excess gains into investments and savings, I will continue to grow more of a YOLO safety net should things hit fans 💩
- Better Communication – Stay in touch with folks. Take less for granted. Tough so far with how much of my time is suddenly taken, but hey – I’m trying. Sounds like this will influence June’s goals…
- No Need – I don’t need the job. So I am here because I want to give it my all for 6-12 months at least. I can endure any social construct for 6-ish months.
- World as Oyster – Things go badly? I leave. I know I can car camp across the country, head back to Las Vegas, or wander the world as before. Passport in hand, pack on back, health and heart, I am capable.
- Adventure – Learn new things, meet fascinating people, enjoy summer months in 2023 on beaches and in cafes and exploring one of the largest metros in the world? Be only a few hours from friends while establishing new social groups? This is already exciting – the rest must be a blast ❤
So ya! I have moved around. Taking on some tough work. Cannot talk more about it. If you know, you know 👀 No easy choices. Might make for some easier lives to come.
Wish me well in this. I value your support. In kind, what are you getting after? May I pass the help I received forward, lending you an ear?
Hit me up – I look forward to hearing from you. Cheers to you and I ~