I don’t want to reveal too much about it, but my former company and I had a values mismatch. One thing I value deep down is being transparent and honest (that’s why I’m writing this, duh) and unfortunately, my former company did not.
So I left.
And here I am again.
Unemployed, in my underwear at home, and reviewing all of the Angellist Job Boards.
I’m anxious, but also excited at what’s possible. The past few months have felt like one big learning experience.
I’ve met and worked with some amazing people, so I know it wasn’t all for nothing. I still keep in touch with my old colleagues. That was probably one of the best results to come out of this whole experience.
But I also wanted to reflect on my time there. I wanted to extract some type of meaning and value.
And so here are five lessons I’ve learned over the past few months:
1. When you’re starting out your career, focus on the thing you were hired to do. Don’t feel like you have to 10X the business from day one. Chill out with all of your ideas and just perform what you are being paid to do. Don’t be afraid to pitch them, but those ideas should be secondary to your paid role.
2. Make friends with your coworkers. Don’t skip (too many) happy hours. Just show that you’re willing to take time out of your personal life to get to know your coworkers beyond the office. It really says a lot about who you are as a person. When you all move on to different companies and passions, you’ll have a diverse network.
3. Customer support has an immensely important role in a company. They have a direct line to the customer. If you’re interested in starting any type of business, you must listen to your customer’s words and their feelings. It’s not enough to look at metrics and think you’re doing the right thing.
4. It’s fine to make mistakes as a team and as an individual. We are all growing. But when you don’t own up to those mistakes and take responsibility for your actions, it becomes extremely harmful to those around you.
5. Never compromise on your morals. No amount of money (and certainly not at entry-level) should persuade you to do things that are morally not aligned with who you are as a person. There are too many other jobs out there that won’t force you to do this.
During my whole time with this company, I’ve neglected my health: I haven’t been going to the gym as much, I haven’t written on this blog as much, and I haven’t been sleeping as much either.
Health is definitely a priority going forward.
With good health comes the focus I need to figure out what the next steps are. In order to do that, I will be aiming to write at least 500 words a day as I report on what my search is looking like.
Sometimes that will mean a post daily, other times it will mean posts will be combined into one epic 2,000+ word post.
My hopes for my next team to work with is that they value fresh ideas, feedback, and transparency. I’m sure I will find something even better than I imagined. Life’s too short to spend 8 hours at a place you have a moral mismatch with. A job doesn’t have to be exciting, but at least it has to be non-toxic.
Let me know if you have any advice going forward!