The day after Thanksgiving, I got an email from the person who’d been my employer for over two decades.
He was upset, but he wasn’t going to give up.
I had a good reason for leaving, and it wasn’t that I didn’t like working for the company.
It was that I was tired of having to be the face of the business.
It had become clear to me that the company was moving towards becoming a giant advertising juggernaut, one that used its position to promote its wares across the country, a position it’d assumed I was the face.
In the early 2000s, I’d started my own travel agency, and I was worried that this was a step towards becoming the face and voice of the travel industry.
But after a few years of being in that position, I began to realize how much the job was not my calling.
At the time, the travel agency was a $30 million company that did everything from book hotels and private jets to hosting parties and charity events.
Its employees were paid a salary that ranged from $15,000 to $50,000 per year, with many earning more.
It didn’t matter what job I was doing, I couldn’t be the person doing it.
I knew this because I’d spent years on the job.
It’s been three years since I left, and my thoughts are still the same: I didn.
I quit to pursue my own dream of becoming an entrepreneur.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but I made the right decision.
I didn and have been successful, but what I’ve learned from my experience has helped me see where I might have gone wrong.
The first step I took in that direction was to understand that I wasn’t the only person who felt that way.
I’d been thinking the same thing for years, and yet I’d never found a way to put it to the test.
That’s when I decided to start a podcast, a site where I’d write my thoughts about the world around me, and then host an occasional podcast in the hopes of finding people to share them with.
The idea was that the more I was able to share my ideas, the more people would have the opportunity to learn from me, too.
I got to work.
The podcast My thoughts on the world and its problems started off as a way of sharing a few thoughts I had while driving to a job interview.
The interview had been scheduled for a few weeks prior to the date of my departure.
As I was driving home from work one morning, I was surprised to find myself talking with an older man who had recently moved to the city.
It turns out the job had offered him a promotion, and he had recently taken a job at the same warehouse as me.
We started talking about the city, about the work I had to do, about all the things that were different in New York City.
“Do you like the new restaurant here?” he asked me.
I told him I didn, but that I could try it out if he wanted.
He asked me how much it would cost.
I asked if I could get the $15 per hour, but his explanation made me think he meant the full-time job.
After that conversation, I went back to my car and called my friend and coworker.
It turned out the guy who’d hired me had moved away to be with his family.
It sounded like the beginning of a bad marriage, but as I told my friend, I figured I’d at least get a few hours of sleep.
So we started talking, and the more we talked, the better I realized that the person I was talking to wasn’t just an employee, but also a friend, colleague, and coworking partner.
The guy was, in fact, my coworker, David, who was also a former colleague of mine and who was now working for another freight company.
And he told me that after a couple months, he had decided that I needed to do more of what I was hired to do.
That, he told my friends and me, was a business model that was being taken advantage of.
That was when it hit me: If I were to leave, I would be leaving something to someone else.
As a business owner, I needed someone who could help me put my ideas into action, and that someone was David.
After several meetings, we had an agreement.
I would stay on for two more months and then, if the job wasn’t right for me, I could come back.
David agreed to help me with all the other business decisions, and if the company decided to move on, he’d be working on the transition from his role to that of an employee.
It took another year for the business to hire me.
When the business had moved on, I had no idea what I’d find.
The last time I went to work, I left a message for a new boss on Facebook.
He didn’t reply.