The Best Thing I’ve Done For My Life Is Quit My Corporate Job
But yes, I quit my corporate job — a job I had for nine and a half years.
I spent nearly a decade chained to a desk. Answering to a boss. And often taking orders from their boss. A couple of different vice presidents, too.
My last role with American Express was in communications and marketing. Working closely with their sales teams.
But, I worked in project management before that. In fact, I worked my way up the corporate ladder and had a very secure job with the company. Significant benefits and a high-paying salary. Overall, it was a rewarding experience — learning new skills I would take with me into my next life chapter.
The job allowed me to pay the mortgage on my house, buy a luxury car, and live comfortably as a middle-class, white-collar worker.
But like many people, I wasn’t satisfied — at least completely.
Of course, my mother was proud of me. I’m sure she told her friends, our family and people at her church that I was doing well for myself. Maybe she even told them I was successful, living out the American Dream.
After all, I worked for a well-established corporation with a strong global reputation. Not everyone has an American Express card in their wallet. But most American consumers know the brand.
A lot of friends and family probably thought I was losing my mind when I told them I was quitting my job.
But in March 2021 — I knew the time was right for me.
That’s when I quit my job, sold my house, and moved to a foreign country — Costa Rica.
Now, I was on the verge of living out a new dream.
Many work colleagues — as I was leaving — told me they wished they could do something like I was doing: quit their job and travel the world.
Obviously, as I had built relationships with these people, they were supportive. But I could tell some were envious too. I was doing something they wished they could do, but…