Why I quit my job and where I want to go next
October 14, 2020
I quit my job three months ago.
Between the pandemic and civil unrest, it definitely didn't seem like the best time to leave a stable job and secure income, but I was unhappy and burned out. I knew I needed to take action before these feelings became embedded in my way of life.
For the last two and a half years, I spent my days and nights building a product with a diverse and talented team. With offices in SF, Chicago, Ukraine, India, and myself in Australia, we worked through what felt like every time zone. There were many highs, but after years of building fast with little time to reflect and celebrate I felt emotionally and physically drained.
It was a bittersweet end, but I'm glad I took the time off to invest in myself.
Where do I want to work next?
A place that values and is deeply driven by craftsmanship, diversity, and inclusion.
At the core, it's a place where people are valued, celebrated, and proud of the work they do.
Value is often linked to compensation ($$$)
but true value is so much deeper than dollars, rupees, or kips.
It shows up through trust.
It shows up through constructive feedback.
It shows up through support.
It shows up through *regular* celebration.
It shows up through gratitude.
It shows up through being present.
In my years of experience as a product designer and a human being in general, I've learned that cultivating a joyful, bold, and safe environment requires trust and intent.
Trust isn't built overnight. It's built through continual reliability, vulnerability, and inclusivity (basically sticking to your word and not being a jerk). We show these qualities through our craft, how we approach problems, and empathy for one another.
The best products are built by happy teams. And happy teams are the ones that are valued, celebrated, and proud of the work they do.
If these values resonate with you, I'd love to chat.