A while ago I met an old friend I studied with back in 2006. We kicked off our careers at the same bank and had equal opportunities. The main difference is that I have left the bank after six years and she stayed. Along with her some other colleagues have stayed with the bank and celebrate now their 10th anniversary.
So I have a direct comparison of what title and salary I would be on right now.
But I left.
Was it worth it?
When I left the bank to join a startup company many people thought I would have lost my mind. Maybe I did. Do I regret it? Not at all.
Financially I might have gone a huge step back. Especially with now having founded a startup company there is no such benefits as paid holidays, paid insurance, expensive incentives and bonuses etc.
But I guess it’s not all about a financial aspect. Journeys like mine will always loose when the benchmark is prestige or money.
Most startups fail and will never be successful. So, my decisions to get into business on my own was also risky – in every aspect.
Why did I do it?
I did it anyways and would do it over and over again as I used my 20-ies to gain experiences. To try out different industries, to figure out what I enjoy doing and also what I definitely hate doing.
I went back to University and I did this in a different country. Two things I wanted to do forever and would have regret if I wouldn’t have done them.
For me the whole thing isn’t too frustrating anyways as I had never the aspiration to have a quick win. I am in it to win it. I am in it for the long run.
I truly believe legacy over currency.
All this blogging stuff I definitely don’t do to become rich. Or to become famous. This would actually freak me out if I would because I sometime don’t even know whether anyone is reading this. If you do, please give me a hint so I know I am not alone.
Legacy over currency
Of course I want to make money – preferably a lot. But I believe you have to put the work into it. And I want to do this by delivering great customer experiences, great products and great service.
Therefore I guess I might no longer be comparable to my colleagues from earlier days and that’s fine. I would make any decision over and over again. And to answer the question: Yes, I truly believe it is worth it. I am creating the life I want. It sometimes sucks, it can be lonely but so does employee life. Je ne regret de rien.