As per what the title suggests, this post is about resigning and will share about a couple of factors that influenced by decision. This is not the first time I resigned and will probably not be the last. My career has always been designed by my own standards and, never had I followed the so-called usual traditional career path, unlike many of my peers. This led me to (ad)ventures across the world that has fundamentally shaped my thoughts and views of the world.
I resigned — This year (2016) started up on a great note of inspiration that my past year (2015) has been relatively mediocre due to factors that I could not control — Started out in Singapore with the (awe)-inspirations to conquer Southeast Asia month-on-month with leads generations, [business] travels, and an exciting opportunity to be part of a joint-venture creation which would have generated tons of new learning and business opportunities. By the end of year, none of these happened.
I resigned — The early days of this year (2016) prompted me to take radical action to seize control of my life and my journey. I also knew deep inside of me that none of what should have happened the previous would happen this year. One influential factor has been: An ex-colleague of mine had once wished me, a couple of days before 2016, to have a new year filled with (ad)ventures, her words resonated in my mind a zillion of times a day until the moment I submitted by letter of resignation. It was time. And the time to leave was now.
Uncertainty — I resigned from my job without looking back. Yet, the future ahead is filled with uncertainties. That’s exciting! Throughout the years that I have spent away from home, I came to understand and embrace the concept of uncertainty. Each time, I would take the plane, I know there is a probability that it would never land. Each time, I would go to sleep, I know there is a probability that I would never wake up. Each time….and the list goes on. I am bordering the uncertainty paranoia if I keep going 😉
Learn to live with uncertainty. Spice up your life, every now and then.
Naivety — I resigned from my job thinking that I made the right choice. I know I did. I know I am right. Who else, other than me, can be more right about his/her own decision? My boss at that time, with whom I worked for for 1.5 years told me that I was young and naive. My naivety is what made me more proud than ever to resign, and refocus my youthful naivety into things that are worth waking up every morning. Along the way, I hope I will be happier, learn more, do more and be more.
Learn to embrace what you do not know, i.e. “naivety”, to take critical decisions in life.
Impatience — I resigned from job as life is short. I am quoting Sam Altman:
Life is not a dress rehearsal — this is probably it. Make it count. Time is extremely limited and goes by fast. Do what makes you happy and fulfilled — few people get remembered hundreds of years after they die anyway. Don’t do stuff that doesn’t make you happy (this happens most often when other people want you to do something). Don’t spend time trying to maintain relationships with people you don’t like, and cut negative people out of your life. Negativity is really bad. Don’t let yourself make excuses for not doing the things you want to do.
His words, for a 30 year old (in 2015), are simply inspiring. I definitely wish to be one of these young “leaders” who can inspire people from 18–30 while I am still within that age range myself. Perhaps, when I will be in my 31–40, I could go on to inspire another generation.
My comfortable desk job did not enable me to go out and get things done. It did not give me the opportunities to go through life and have vivid memories of my achievements. Life is short, impatience can be good too.
Wrapping up this article, I am embarking on a journey to enable people to make new connections — whether for love, friendship or business. I believe that dedicating the next couple of months, years and why not, decades, to pursue a career that is aligned with my personal vision (more on that another time) will fuel my days and nights.