The Real Reason I Quit My C-Suite Job
Big power, privilege, influence and rewards. Just four of the benefits of my role. So why did I quit four weeks ago, and walk away into a career ‘wilderness?’ What was the REAL reason I resigned? Okay- here’s the truth, and stuff the consequences.
I lived in Adelaide in my early 20s, in a house next to a very senior, 80 year old Anglican Church minister. He was about to have a major operation, and was nervous about it. I was chatting to him over the fence: “Oh well, if it goes wrong I guess you’ll find out whether what you’ve been banging on for about for 60 years is actually true!” To his credit, he saw the humour in it, and laughed.
That’s why I quit my job. I needed to ‘walk the talk.’ It was time to take my own medicine. Quite simply, I had to have the courage to take this one critical step. And I did.
I took the ‘exit’ door when I did not know where the stairs would take me.
Many people die in emergencies because they refuse to take the ‘exit’ door. They fear the uncertainty of where those stairs lead, and stay put. With the encouragement of family, I walked through it.
I had been editing selected previous Possums stories into a book. They reminded me of passionately felt advice I have encouraged readers to take. It was time for me to take my own counsel.
I was unhappy in my role. The learning and passion had slowed. For six years it had been the best role I’d ever had, and a privileged part of my career. I’m grateful for the opportunity. But it was time to move on. As I said in my previous Possums post, ‘there’s no growth in your comfort zone.’ I was cruising. I loved the monthly pay cheque, and the ‘pointy end’ pace. It was not enough. I had to walk through that exit door.
So I did.
I’m following my plan of having ‘100 cups of coffee.’ That’s a hundred meetings to just chat about business, life, the universe and everything. Twenty of those meetings will lead me to other conversations which will lead to the five key connections that deliver the perfect ’next step’ for me. I know what I do next ‘will become apparent.’ I have a clear direction, and know final clarity will evolve, and then appear. I have to be free and ‘available’ for the fullness of opportunity to emerge.
While I don’t know exactly where those stairs are going to take me, I do have absolute faith it will be to ‘safety.’ Mind you, it’s not all plain sailing. Read here my post on The Five Biggest Learnings I have had so far from quitting my job.
I’ve always been a massive fan of ‘making the grass greener on this side of the fence.’ Work hard to adjust a role to give it what is missing for you. If that’s not possible, don’t be a prisoner of cash flow, and fear. Not when you are unhappy. Have courage. Have faith. Of course make sure you plan carefully, particularly financially, and have contingencies in place. Then- take the ‘exit’ door. Good things WILL come from it.