Today is day two at PrairieFire for me.  A few brave souls are working to create a new tool for the cyber security industry.  This is my second time around as a very early employee at a startup, and I’m VERY excited about it.  The funny thing I noticed is……..

“Congrats on the new job! Let me know if you’re hiring XYZ”

“Way to go! Position sounds great, when will you be hiring a ABC?”

How many folks out there are unhappy in their job?  Is it the day to day rut you can’t stand, is it your boss?  Why the heck don’t you do something about it?

In my career, I’ve only left a job “to leave the job” once or twice that I can think of.  The other times it was to GO somewhere else for a reason.   Relocation, compensation (this the dumb one, by the way) or an amazing opportunity to build something new (nPulse!).  This time, leaving Capital One was exactly the same as before.   I had a good job, wasn’t really looking for a new one, and BAM, a REALLY good opportunity showed up.

My career advice, since you’re reading, don’t stay in a job that you hate!  Work can be fun, it can be challenging and exciting.  Don’t stay somewhere because it’s “secure”, don’t be afraid of leaving and trying something new.   I can’t tell you how many people have said “Wow! I want to go work at a startup because …”.   Just find it and do it! Find a job you really enjoy.  Don’t get stuck in the traps that hold us back.

Stupid reasons to stay in a job:

  • Job security, need that pay check!
  • After this years performance review/bonus/raise, then I’ll start looking
  • My boss sucks, but one of us will find a new position in the company soon
  • We have great benefits here!

Sure, a lot of those SOUND like good reasons to stay in a job (kind of?), but don’t let comfort or the myth of stability hold you back.  Find something you like and enjoy.  It’s the age old question:

“What would you do if you had a million dollars”

No, it’s not about your cousin and low risk mutual funds, and no, you can’t do “nothing”.  Is there a task that you enjoy doing so much that it doesn’t seem like work?   Maybe it won’t pay as much, but probably it will pay a ton more in the long run.  Think about it… will you get a better raise doing something that bores you to death or something that really lights your fire and gets you pumped up to go to work every day!

Check out the book, 48 Days to the Work You Love, by Dan Miller:

((  This may seem like a little stab at my last job, and it’s absolutely not.  Capital One is doing some REALLY cool things in technology.  Investing in startup companies, embracing cloud and open source across the board.  It’s a VERY exciting time to be there, and my bosses were good too. Ha!   ))

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