When I was growing up my step dad always used to say: “God hates a coward.” I, of course, don’t take this literally but I do believe whole-heartedly that opportunity comes more often to those who seek it out than to those who sit in wait. I think my job is great. I have the freedom to come and go as I like, work from home, interact with warm people and make a difference to the environment (I’m an environmental engineer). I love my project work. On the other hand, I’m young and ambitious. I want to build my career. I want to come into work every day with a sense of purpose and dive into the work I love. I don’t have that here for many reasons. So, I decided to trade the comfort and ease of my job in for a risk. I applied for a job at another local company and was immediately called back. When we met, I made sure to emphasize the things I was looking for: freedom but also responsibility, challenge and leadership. The same day I interviewed, I had a job offer. I interviewed elsewhere and explored my options… and then I accepted.
In what was just a matter of days I went from sitting at my desk wondering if I should just take what I could get and be happy to giving my notice. The process of telling my employer I was leaving was one of the hardest things I’ve done. My hands were shaking, my heart was beating fast and I was likely wrinkling the resignation letter in my hand as I went into his office. But, God hates a coward.
Onward I go into the unknown.