Life has interesting ways to tell us it's time to move on.
For me, all started some years ago when I was looking for a Masters program and ended up enrolled in a Design School, very weird choice considering that I'm a Computer Science engineer.
Loosing sleep but happy as a hippo
Going back to the school when I was already leading large teams in my work was a big humility lesson because my classmates didn't care at all which role I had, the size of my team or even the name of the company I was working in, they only cared about the fact that we had to do several projects together and that they expected me to do my part and to be on time, a good reality check.
That was one of the happiest and most challenging years in my life, I had to get up early, go to the office then run to the school, and by the time I was finally back home I needed to sit for hours to complete all the homework for the next day that I'd usually end near midnight, it was very hard but being able to do it and looking at my completed projects was very rewarding, it's interesting that those days work seemed to be less stressful than it used to.
The entrepreneur bug
Fast forward to 2015, years after I put last semesters of Design on hold, I was assigned overseas for a Corporate Service Corps program to work in a NGO that helped young entrepreneurs start their projects and I remember that as I was getting to know more and more about the profile of an entrepreneur and the activities they perform I started thinking that it sounded like something I'd enjoy doing.
And again, timing was curious, because I returned from that assignment to a new role reporting to a super important, incredibly smart and amazingly nice lady in what some people called "a once in a lifetime" work opportunity, I needed to put the entrepreneur dream aside to focus on this.
The entrepreneur bug wasn't quiet for too long, I simply needed to do something about it, I already knew the company I wanted to create (related to my design background) and I knew I'd be able to fund it if I put together my savings and investments, deep inside of me I knew that I couldn't defer this any longer so I needed to notify my boss that I would be leaving in some months.
I think that this was the hardest thing, because I would be leaving an incredible job, a marvelous team and the place I've called work for the last 11 years for something that sounded more like a dream, I remember that a friend told me that I was changing everything for nothing: all that I've gained for something that I didn't even know, right, that defines my exact situation, but I really needed to give it a try.
My boss was certainly not happy to see me go, but she was very understanding of what this meant to me, and from that day on she would use any time we had together to coach me in the most important aspects of a business, she really wanted me to be successful, that's how special she is.
Going away from people I love
I've spent the latest weeks executing the knowledge transfer and saying good bye to everyone, and to be honest I had never imagine the large number of friends I would be notifying of my depart, I just realized how lucky I was by having all that loving and caring people wishing me the best for my new endeavor.
It has certainly NOT been easy going away, and in the latest days I've received so much love in the form of flowers/plants, cakes, surprise parties, cards, that I couldn't feel more thankful. The cherry on the cake was my farewell call earlier today where we were suppose to discuss some work items, I was seated in my home office (in my pajamas) listening to all the people getting on the phone and suddenly someone in the call said that I needed to go and open the door... and there he was, one of my closest friends from the team with a big bunch of balloons and a big flower arrangement, the whole call was a surprise orchestrated by this cool Bostonian guy and I spent the following minutes listening to the kindest and sincerest appreciation words from this group that will definitely be missed, it can't get any better than this.
|I wasn't lying about the pajamas situation|
Elvis will be leaving the building
Tomorrow morning will be the last day I'll drive to what have been my work office for the last years, I'll be there only for some hours, will have a couple of meetings, will deliver my computer and badge and will officially become an ex-employee, but also the moment I leave the building I'll allow me to officially call myself an entrepreneur, hopefully not a starving entrepreneur, so we'll see how it goes from here.
I'll eventually also start my "Entrepreneur Series" in the blog because I'd love to share tips/experiences if it can help more people to follow their dreams knowing that those who don't jump will never learn to fly, so join me flying because the more we can be, the merrier it will get.
Lots and lots of Love,