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About moving on

Earlier this week, I sent my resignation and I am feeling a bit dizzy. If I am exciting for this new adventure to come, a part of me cannot help but thinking of all the cool things of this last chapter of my work life. And I am also worried because we never know what can happen next.

I will start by this. The very same day I had to give a call to warn I was about to resign, we learned that a dear friend passed away of cancer, our son’s best friend has been tested positive with COVID-19 and there has been a reshuffle of the board of my partner’s company. That’s quite a lot a bad signs. The day was not going to be the best one.

Was it really a good time to resign and add even a bit more uncertainty to that? Or could there have been a better time to move on, now that every thing is collapsing. Anyway, I did it. I may have had a lump in my throat but I jumped into the void.

Funny enough, I came across this video the very same day. It’s a mesmerizing film about people about to jump from a 10 meter tower.

Oh I love the irony of life. Will they jump? Or back away? I know that I won’t even climb on the top of such a tower. But I am ready to quit a position I enjoyed, colleagues I admire and a very sane and respectful work environment for a pretty rare yet insecure opportunity.

I don’t feel like getting stuck in a crippling nostalgia. I feel like recalling all the learnings I made those 5 years. And to be thankful for them.

I truly enjoyed to healthy way the company and the project were managed, and I am thankful for that. I will keep it with me for when I will be in charge of a project and a team. It’s one more proof of what you can achieve when you talk and act as grown-ups, and to grown-ups.

I learned the smart and agile way of creating a product in startups, and I am grateful for that. I witnessed first-hand the “better done that perfect” mantra put into action. And with a little touch there and there, slowly, the product takes shape, its quality, functionalities and usability improve. That’s pretty smart and resilient. You do what you can, when you can. You simply have to be smart enough so that the ever work-in-progress can still reach a market, even a small one, at every step of the journey.

I learned how to dig into code and technologies. I learned how to learn new things on that matter and I am grateful for that. I am convinced designers should have a perfect understanding of the material with which they are working. I have been given to opportunity to put this belief into action.

I met beautiful people and I am grateful for that.

I have been given the opportunity to thrive, and I am grateful for that.

It was a wonderful chapter of my work life. It’s now time to write a new one, starting with a blank page.

It’s time to move on.

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