My Awakening: Quitting My Job & Starting My Second Chapter

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  • My resume made it look like I was crushing it, I was winning a game I like to call prestige bingo. But winning prestige bingo has nothing to do with doing what matters to you and deep down, I couldn’t shake that fact.
  • Deep down, I knew that the default formula of success was not going to work for me, but also started to realize that failure as we conceive it in the business world is mostly an illusion. Failure is impossible if you have your health, relationships and freedom to do things that matter.
  • started to look around at some of my high performing colleagues and asking are they truly happy? Is everyone just pretending? I asked myself β€” is there a better way? Is there a way to build a life instead of a career?
  • In the 1970s, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan came up what they called self-determination theory. They found three elements helped maximize intrinsic motivation, or doing work for its own sake. Those three elements are competence, relatedness and autonomy.
  • There are many good things people get from employers. However, it is often at the cost of doing work we want to do. We look at someone with a job that they hate and say β€œgood job.” But at what cost?
  • So as I started looking at my finances as a freelancer, I realized I wanted to question everything. I started with the question β€œwhat does a good life cost?”
  • I aspire to help build the world that Ralph Waldo Emerson talks about when he said: The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
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