Opinion | I quit my job as the chief marketing officer of a large company. As millions of people quit their jobs, here is why I decided to jump ship. By joetoubes.
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in multiple industries and a turning point in how they look at the employee experience. While this narrative is compelling, only time will tell whether this is a temporary phenomenon or if this changes the job market forever.I can't speak for the millions of people who left their jobs this year or those that never returned to them after the pandemic hit. I can only share my story and hope it helps clarify how someone could make this kind of decision and how I have benefitted from it.
Why I quit Over the years I have learned that I am a walking contradiction. Impassioned and relentlessly ambitious, and yet, uncertain with my career direction and evolving life goals. I imagine that's not unique for most people, but for me the dichotomy of the two created anxiety and ultimately unhappiness.
I helped do amazing things for my company, work I am proud of and that I know contributed to the company's success for many years. And yet, I never really felt the rewards of that success. I never raised my arms in victory as I crossed the finish line or had that sense of euphoria from achievement that I perceived others did. headtopics.com
I do not think this was my employer's fault; my bosses over the years were both engaged and complimentary of my performance and rewarded me well for my work. This was clearly my issue, and I needed to resolve it or risk my happiness for years to come. That's why I made the decision to leave.
When I left, I decided to take a few months sabbatical to clear my mind, take care of some physical and mental health issues, and explore what I wanted to do when I grew up. Call it a mid-life crisis — though I did not buy a Ferrari — a need to reflect with a clear head on what I had accomplished in the first half of my life and decide what I wanted to achieve with the rest of it.
I don't want to be just one thingClearly, a sabbatical is not for everyone. Heck, I don't think it's really for most folks. It required a considerable financial safety net, support from my family, and defined goals to ensure I used my time wisely. I meditated, exercised, caught up with old friends, cooked for my kids, and spent hundreds of hours writing in my daily journal, scribing multiple short stories and even penning the first half of a political thriller. My sabbatical helped clear my head, opening it up to possibilities I couldn't see in the constant chaos of professional life.
My time off has been eye-opening: I realized that I am not defined by my career accomplishments, that being a good father and husband pleases me far more than professional recognition and reward, and that I have many goals outside of the corporate world I want to achieve. The world needs chief marketing officers and finance directors, software engineers and project managers, but it also needs authors and entrepreneurs, philosophers and public servants, parents and coaches, artisans and reality TV stars. Okay, maybe it doesn't need that last one. The point is, why do we need to define ourselves as just one? headtopics.com
I also came to realize how much I love to be part of a larger mission. I thrive in a fast-paced environment, and I have talents and experiences that will help companies grow. I will be choosy in my next adventure, and I think I have earned that luxury.
So what's next for the lost talent created by the Great Resignation? I don't think it's lost at all. It's renewing itself and preparing to come back stronger — at least it is for me. COVID-19 may be the worst crisis in our lifetime, and I mourn for the millions of lives lost, but like all tragedies, the unintended consequences of the global pandemic opened the aperture to things I never thought possible.
Today, I read through my half-finished novel and realized that I can't wait to write the final chapters. I'm excited that they will be the climax to an epic tale yet to be told. I am glad I have been able to write so much, and I'm proud of the words on the page. But my book is as unfinished as I am. It's time to re-enter reality and it feels great.
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joetoubes If only others had THAT option. Honeywell didn't appreciate me either. So, best wishes, Joe. USA HR is broken🔴 No one wants to seriously address solutions. Yet we wonder how China keeps eating our lunch. SMH🔴Business CEO For a quick second I thought this guy was Furio joetoubes joetoubes , come let’s work on something extremely exciting!$
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