Playing it safe is the riskiest choice of all
Love the article
Well done. It's nice to see such high salaries being paid. I am a retired MIT EE who bounced around the field, working for a few years then taking a year or more without working, then going back to work. I do not regret leaving any of my workplaces. The more engineers that refuse to put up with BS the less we'll have to deal with. Thank you for your part.
I am just a student who is in college but reading all this gives me an overview of how life and things can turn out to be, and how important is to choose what you like to do irrespective of anything, i am grateful to know all the inside stories of the engineering world before getting into it, it's a great article, Michael!
I just caught your op/ed at Business Insider and found you here.
You've made the right choice, and it will become clearer and clearer the further away from the decision you are.
You only live once. Chase the dream and see what happens. If you fail, so what? At least you tried. And you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you gave it a shot - which for someone like me (and obviously you, too) is all that matters.
And, if you're successful? You achieve the best of everything you could want career-wise.
Super cool what you're doing. Godspeed my friend!
Can relate, and I suspect many others can as well - Michael, this was an outstanding article.
Was in a similar situation 1 year ago, only I got fired before I could exit. It ended up being the best thing that ever happened - someone else made the decision for me.
100% people stay too long in jobs that they don't enjoy and can lose years "renting" their time
This article really speaks to me
Well said! I feel exactly the same way. I left Twitter back in 2013 because my dream job had become soul sucking
Really a Great Article!!
What a brilliant article! Glad the handcuffs have come off. Looking forward to reading more articles in the future.
Life is too short to stay at FAANG building up number. I love the tombstone piece: are we just actually replaceable nobody in the corp, while making 6-figure? Life is more than that.
This really resonates with me. I'm a part time primary care physician in which I operate from a standard western medical approach to mental illness.
I'm also a mental health coach operating from a much deeper perspective which helps at the cause end of the cause and effect pathway rather than masking symptoms with medication.
One provides a higher income, the other transformation in people's lives.
I know which I'd rather be doing full time, but the golden handcuffs keep me restrained.
This was a very useful article, thank you Michael.