I Got Unstuck In My Career After Hitting Rock Bottom
It was a beautiful summer weekend in mid-July about five years ago when I could no longer ignore it. I was completely miserable at work.
I left the office around 8:00 PM on Friday evening. Everyone else I knew was enjoying time with their families, attending happy hours with friends, or were on their way to the beach. I was just hoping to get some rest before I had to be back in the office at 8:00 AM on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, I dragged myself out of bed and reported to the office. I sat through several hours of white-boarding sessions with a team of people who didn't want to be there, either. The only bright spot (besides the free food) was that this was a nice respite from my usual client work, where I worked on a dysfunctional team with a verbally abusive client supporting a high-profile project that everyone knew was doomed to fail.
How was this my life? How had I spent my whole career working long hours, playing office politics, and networking with the right people to end up in this situation?
A situation where I had no control over my own time. A situation where I worked with unpredictable, mean clients. A situation where I had to constantly watch my back from manipulative colleagues. A situation where the work bored me and didn't make a difference.
I was ready for a change.
Shortly thereafter, I switched roles in the firm, before leaving the organization entirely a year later. I spent the next two years working for another organization and took my career in a different direction. This prepared me to ultimately go off on my own and start my firm, Mosaic Growth Partners, a few years ago.
This transition from misery to freedom was not easy or quick. But it taught me a lot. You may be feeling stuck, under-appreciated, or overwhelmed in your career trying to balance career and family. It doesn't have to be that way.
If you're a woman who wants to earn equal pay and get the promotion, raise, and respect you desire, then we should talk. And if you're a man and you know a woman who may benefit from this discussion, please share this with her.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Elena Lipson is the Principal and Founder of Mosaic Growth Partners, a consulting and coaching firm based in Washington, D.C.
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Principal and Founder
Mosaic Growth Partners
I'm committed to professional and personal growth and have intentionally designed my life and business around this passion. Throughout my career, I’ve seen clients struggle to get from Point A to Point B. Sometimes the challenge is organizational, other times it’s due to personal resistance. I love partnering with my clients to help them overcome these challenges, see new possibilities, figure out what’s next, accelerate growth, and stand out in the market. As the Principal and... Continue Reading
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