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I Just Quit My Six Figure Dream Job: Here’s Why

It might be a good time to introduce myself. I’m Clayton and I’m a regular Midwest guy. I climbed the corporate ladder, hand and foot on rung, got my MBA from a top 50 program and earned my CFA Charter. I’ve had experience in investor relations, strategy, corporate development, investment banking and venture capital. I like to write. My dog’s name is Daisy. Nice to meet you.

Each step in my career took me closer to what I envisioned as my dream role: starting a venture capital fund, leading investments and rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of industry. I was lucky enough to find success. I led the first investment at a fund and was part of a fantastic, friendly team in Kansas City. I visited Silicon Valley and met some of the best business people I’ve ever encountered. I had the Midwest work life balance and was doing the work I had studied my whole career to be qualified to do. It was, by all accounts, my dream job.

Despite all this, I started to become disengaged from my day to day activities. My inbox was a grind of confidentiality agreements, legal documents, financial models, analyses and spreadsheets. I produced analyses that were only sometimes read, bounced between projects and attended meetings I did not speak in. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what exactly I was getting done. I suddenly realized with disgust that the reason for my malcontent was that I was just so busy I could hardly remember the purpose.

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” –Socrates

The busyness consumed me and I began to slip into a sort of depression. My mother was ill and since the previous Christmas my father had been in a nursing home. My mother had recently cared for her father through his end life, and was now faced with doing the same for mine while recovering from her treatment.Holy shit, I thought, how could I complain about anything when these two pillars in my life were going through such hardship? I realized I would much rather spend time with them than the financial rock stars that I previously had deemed important.

Why wouldn’t I want to talk to my mom about her time as a social worker in the civil rights movement instead of speaking to a lawyer about… well, anything? Why wouldn’t I want to spend time making my dad feel safe and secure in assisted living when he had spent so much of his life doing the same for me? The realization hit me like a ton of bricks; the most important people in my life were being deprioritized behind paper pushing and career aspirations. I hadn’t made a difference or changed much of anything, I had only signed some documents and made some admittedly killer spreadsheets.

So, I just quit my dream job and I am going to tell you why.

It is intoxicating to feel important. Society places an incredible value on popularity, fame, wealth and the attendant benefits of status. I’m as guilty of feeling the competitive rush of achievement as anyone else around. Our obsession with celebrity, busyness, competition and success are interrelated; we project these obsessions each day upon our career choices, touting proudly that we are the busiest and most important people in the entire world. Facebook provides us with a convenient avenue to show pictures and links to the proof that we are, in fact, awesome.

Everyone competes with their friends’ daily highlight reel, focused more on sending a pointless status update to their friends than looking around at the people they are with or experiencing the stunning symphony of real life around them. The issue with this approach is that it doesn’t make anyone particularly happy.

2016年1月日 - 78jitong - 元旦快乐

I kept expecting this warm wave of accomplishment to cascade over me when I would execute a non-disclosure agreement, but for whatever reason I experienced no such thing. I was busy! I was successful! Bring me the happiness!

It wasn’t there.

People treat busyness like therapy. They completely dive into their work and ignore the things that really need attention within their lives. Their relationships. Their health. Their issues. Their faults.

No matter how much money you make, how desirable your spouse, how shiny your car, how coveted your address or the title beside your LinkedIn profile, the fact of the matter is that some of the most successful professionals in the world are overworked, stressed-out, unloving shells of their former selves. I’ve attempted to be a good friend to people who were experiencing this busyness pandemic, but I can never seem to get past the deafening din of their busy lives. But their jobs, they cry! They have important projects and they can’t miss a day! It's not their fault! They’re lost in the white noise of activity, choosing to not connect with the actual human beings around them.

I’m going to take a different approach. I’m leaving the traditional workforce to focus on my startup businesses and make my own way. I’m going to focus on my family, my relationships, my health and my faults instead of my socioeconomic pole position. It’s not fun stuff. It is hard to be introspective and acknowledge that everything is not “fine.” It is also hard to be different. However, as a CFA I think I’m qualified to say this: I expect my ROI to be extreme.

If you leave with anything from reading this, then let it be this: the perception of risk in this country is backwards. Countless people I have talked to about my businesses have told me that they are happy for me, but their risk tolerance is just not high enough to take the chance. That is the real lesson here: I started EVO-X Health Products with $1,000 cash and if it fails catastrophically, I will be fine. I have already gotten more from this real life education than any class I ever took, and none of them were less than $1,000!  I've learned about marketing, customer service, logistics, cash management, leverage, and manufacturing. Where is the risk if you start small? If you decide to start selling doilies on Etsy, and it fails, what is the worst case scenario?  You have too many doilies in a box somewhere in your house? Call the police.

The real risk is doing nothing. My father was laid off by Ralston Purina in 1990 after years of service. It changed our life and we had to move states, start over. At the turn of the century, Enron made sure that retirement would be a nightmare for many of their loyal employees who had piles of Enron employee stock in their retirement accounts. Just thinking about those poor, trusting people and the wolves that preyed upon them makes me sick. The only person looking out for you in this world is you, and there is nothing more risk minimizing that taking back control of your own destiny.

I’m not suggesting everyone go out and start a business and quit their job, but maybe turn off your email tonight. Call mom. Take your kid out to a movie in the middle of the day. They will remember the day that mom or dad left their important work to take them out of school to see Star Wars for their entire life. How long are you going to remember what you did yesterday?

It was Henry David Thoreau who once said, “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” 

I would prognosticate that the things we are busy at are not the things we shouldbe busy with. I’ve had managers urge me to be urgent about items that were not critical, spending precious energy to rush to complete a task that had no urgency only to find that I was exhausted when a real fire sparked. This is the sort of rampant mass prioritization that burns people out before their 25th birthday.

Over the next 12 months, my business partner William Beck and I will test the hypothesis that we can be a productive business team while not working ourselves to the bone. We will focus on fitness, health, learning, productivity. We will support each other in endeavors, professional and otherwise. We will delegate and outsource tasks that are non-additive. We will not focus on being urgent for the sake of our egos, and so help me, we will not be busy. 

I welcome you to follow the journey as I catalogue my first year through LinkedIn posts and podcasts.

 
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