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Mar 10

The Misadventures are Part of the Adventure

After several months at another start-up and not succeeding as I had hoped, I find myself “on the beach”.  It’s good to have a little R&R, but I wondered how a 7-month stint would look on my resume.  I dislike the inevitable questions that it generates: “So what happened: did you leave or were you let go?” which is just a polite way of saying “Did the company screw you over or are you a screw-up?”

In this case, neither.  The company was having issues, and while I wasn’t part of the part of the problem, I was also not part of the solution.  So I parted ways along with a small raft of others.  I was told that the decision had nothing to do with my performance.  They would even endorse me if I ever needed it.

Nevertheless, I was a little blue – who likes being let go?  But I found comfort in an unlikely way: I overheard a conversation between two women sitting at a table next to me.  (Japanese restaurants are small – it’s hard not to.)  One woman said excitedly: “The misadventures are part of the adventure!”

I had no idea what they were talking about, but that put everything in context for me. In the grand scheme of things, a 7-month wrong-way turn is no big deal, and in fact, I got to do and learn about things that I might never have done or learned otherwise.  It added a bit of spice to the adventure, and I’m thankful for it.

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