It is time for change? A new role, a new company, maybe even starting one yourself?
That time comes. We all know it when it does. I remember the first time I felt it. In my first tech job, I was working at a firm helping startups … and then I knew one night, it was time. It was time for me to join one. I gave my notice the next day, with no job lined up, and zero savings. I just knew.
My entire LinkedIn feed is folks leaving their current role the first week of the New Year
— Jason ✨Be Kind✨ Lemkin (@jasonlk) January 6, 2023
But I did give 60 days notice. That 60 days notice sounds long, but one of my bosses really needed it. And it cost me. I did end up joining a startup, and the strike price for my options doubled over those 60 days, costing me about $400,000.
Time has gone on, though. And I worked with that boss several times thereafter, including as my investor. It was worth it.
I’ve then left two jobs since. In both cases, I actually gave 6 months notice again. I thought that was more than enough, and it was. But even there, looking back, I could have done more and better. I could have left on better terms, even with the 6 months notice! I should have. I regret it, even now.
Fast forward to today, and as the years have gone by, I don’t so much see karma as I see … re-runs. What I mean is, I see successful folks again and again. They start new companies. They get promoted to VP of Sales. They do new, interesting things.
And while we don’t, for the most part, work together 52 weeks a year, the ones I still work with, are the best relationships. And they’ll all been worth investing that little bit of extra time at the end of one phase.
Here are 3 folks that worked together, back in the day. One went on to be CRO at Brex, and then Partner at Founders Fund. Another is now SVP at Gong:
Go long in your career. I’ve yet to see this not pay off.
And the simplest hack to do that is just to leave on great terms. It’s not that much extra work.
Whatever you do, don’t quit in a huff. This just never plays out well. It may feel like something “they deserve”, but they don’t. It’s a place of work.
In fact, make sure you go out grateful. Even if you only 60% mean in. If you did an incredible job, knocked it out of the park, but burn all those bridges on the way out … it will all in the end count for nothing. You’ll be remembered as a quitter, or someone that left poorly, and all your hard work and contributions will be forgotten. It’s just how it is.
Grateful and Graceful is the way to move on. Make it your rule.
You’ll see them all again.