Hard To Go When You’ve Stayed Too Long

kday grand canyon

I’m leaving my job. I’ve spent 9 years here. I could have finished high school and college again in this time. My coworkers are from all over the world and are some of the smartest people I’ve been around. Some are among my closest friends. I get free lunch.

But just a few months ago I wrote this:

My biggest frustration in 2015 was the amount of time I spent where passion and effort were out of alignment. Too many things pulling at my attention, too much wringing out effort instead of plugged-in losing time.

So no goals for 2016. Just a concerted effort to decrease the time I spend towards languid obligations, and an increase in the amount of time I spend caring in earnest.

This is the first step. Reasonable efforts were made to accommodate me, but my interests have drifted too far. No one who’s been paying attention is surprised.

The result of all this is that my side-projects are getting a promotion. So much of my free time the last few years has been spent understanding and working on various blockchain projects (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Nxt). I’m happy to have found a way to pursue this professionally. In the short-term I’m going to be doing some consulting work for Augur, an entirely decentralized prediction market that’s hoping to launch soon. Longer-term plans aren’t fully public yet, but will likely be in this space as well.

It can be perfectly fulfilling to work on technical challenges that excite you in an industry that doesn’t. I’m looking forward to working on building a version of the future that I believe in. It’s trading some security for risk. It’s exciting and scary. There’s a sense of loss, and people I will miss. It’s easier to stay, but it’s time to go.

2 Responses to “Hard To Go When You’ve Stayed Too Long”

  1. Dhaval Patel says:

    We are all going to die anyways… 😛 🙂

  2. Tammy says:

    Sounds like a well thought out plan. I wish you well and am confident you will succeed beyond expectations!

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