From soul-aching job to purpose aligned business
I had a high paying 9-5 job, I lived in the nicest penthouse, it had a gym, and a pool. We had a maid in the house who cleaned, washed clothes, and dishes. And I really hate doing dishes.
And why am I telling you this? To brag? No, because we have been fooled to think that external things are going to make you happy but that's not true.
I wasn't happy.
I was quite "successful" by traditional terms
But my soul was hurting.
I used to work at a pharmaceutical company and I joined with the hope of using my abilities to make a difference in the world. To identify products bring them to a market and most importantly to cure people. However as any business it was all about the numbers, if they weren’t making at least 70%+ in profit margins, upstairs wouldn’t even look at my proposals. There were so many products that could have been useful and we could have easily make profits and impact but were rejected again and again.
That slowly made my high paying job feel unbearable.
It was soul crushing.
Over the weekends I was so tired not because it was physically tiring but because it was mentally draining to have to keep up with this voice inside of me saying why are you wasting your life here?
I remember back then, I prayed and I hadn't done it in so long it felt weird, I nailed on my knees on my marble bathroom floor and asked for a sign. And I did get it. That day I met this guy who was obsessed with startups and I became too.
It took me a while to quit, I liked my teammates, I liked my boss, this wasn’t about them it was about me. And I liked my salary... I liked the security.
Taking that decision was probably one of the hardest and one that took me months. Sometimes I think is easier when life throws you a fast ball and you have to move quickly.
I’m not saying it’s easier when you get fired. I’ve been fired and it’s horrible. But leaving what "being successful" means in your circle is a decision not to take lightly.
While being an entrepreneur is not easy or the dream "being your own boss" life. I felt freedom, and for that I don’t even mind doing my dishes. I do believe a business could be the best vehicle for your purpose.
You won't probably get it right the first or the second time around.
But if you keep doing "The Work" it will come.
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