It was an adventures-focused decision. For Jenn Downs, “2013 just sucked. It was a horrible year, for a number of reasons.” She found herself asking “What do I really want to do?” more and more frequently. After six years rising through the ranks at MailChimp, Jenn needed a change.
Though an avid punk rocker, she hadn’t played in a band in over a year. The little girl who snuck a radio under her pillow to secretly listen to Braves games after bedtime had become a woman who didn’t even recognize half of the faces on the current roster. She wanted to have time to play music and go to baseball games. She had a growing family business that she wanted to support. She wanted to have more adventures.
So she quit.
It sounds insane to an outsider. Leave a successful company you love, work you enjoy and the safety of corporate life? As John Burroughs instructed, “Leap and the net will appear.” We’ve all had those thoughts at some point, right? (more…)