I quit my job this week which is one of the best decisions I have made in a long time- long overdue as well since I pretty much knew three months into this job that it was not a fit.
After over 30 years into this game of work and careers, I have clarity as to what matters most personally at a workplace and it breaks down to three factors: Trust, Respect and Integrity. My former company displayed none of these and while I don’t want to bore anyone with with the stories nor dwell within the ugly details, I can say that I learned a lot from this experience. The fact is that we always can learn. We learn what matters and we learn what to avoid. For this I am grateful for the time spent and the kind teachers who afforded me the opportunity to gather this knowledge (I am also banking on the hope that it paid off well in positive karma!)
For my generation of Americans, work is as ingrained in us as our DNA. It is how we identify ourselves to others; it is how we rank ourselves among them and it is what fuels much of our existence. In my opinion, it is quite sad. I must say, as much as I get frustrated with the Millenials, they are the ones which have it right and there is so much to learn from them as well.
The “work DNA” runs deep for me. Too deep to allow myself the time to take a 6-month hiatus, rambling off to India to master the art of meditation. I am, however, granting myself two weeks of downtime to do whatever it is I want to do and I am elated!
Quality time with family and friends. Spending time alone. Hiking, biking, paddle boarding and traveling-it will all be accomplished. It is my Millennial-inspired vestige of time and maybe it won’t afford me enough days to find enlightenment, but I hope I will learn in the absence of all the background noise.