Women like Stephanie, of Back in Skinny Jeans, are an inspiration to me. Several months ago Stephanie got a job with Microsoft as an enthusiast evangelist. It sounded like an interesting position, and she was very excited (enthusiastic, even!) about it.
The Enthusiast Evangelist role is a newly created position at Microsoft, and there are going to be more folks like me in other regions around the U.S. Our jobs are basically to go out and mingle, bond, and touch influential end users and show them all the cool things that Microsoft has to offer.
As of a few days ago, she decided to resign. Some people might see this as crazy, to give up a job like that — a position with bragging rights, recognition, and (presumably) a nice salary. She gave it her best, but she realized early on that it wasn’t a good fit for her. Stephanie said:
[I]t simply came down to passion. I want to live my life with joy, meaning, and vibrance.
At the end of the day, my heart was not sold on the realities at Microsoft. That is not to say that MS isn’t a thriving place for someone else. In fact, for the right people, there is plenty of room to grow and expand, and they highly encourage growth both as an individual and as an employee. So based on passions, and out of respect for the company’s time and money and mine, since it takes forever to ramp up new people, I felt it best to let someone who is gung-ho and jumps for joy at the thought of MS stuff, take the role.
Stephanie’s New Years resolution was to live vibrant, and she sees this decision as an extension of that.
What this means for me is to do things, be around people, and focus on stuff that makes me feel vibrant, will make my world a more vibrant place, or will help other people feel more vibrant.
I left a comment for Stephanie on the post about her resignation, and I liked her response:
You know life is really about choices. What is most important to you and what you are willing to do to achieve it? I chose to make my bliss and joy grow. Is it easy to do this? Not always. Do I miss a steady paycheck and awesome health benefits, you bet. Did I not think some things through enough and make mistakes while at Microsoft, you bet I did. Were they not happy with some things about me, probably. Nothings ever perfect. So you learn, and move forward. This is the beauty of age and wisdom.
I also thought about all the people who interviewed for this job as well, and for the management team I reported to, and to the company itself. As a business owner, ideally, I would want to have employees who are happy to be with us, who really want to be there. It costs money and resources to ramp up new people, and I am sensitive about that. If it’s not a fit. It’s not a fit, and that’s okay. Move forward and do it quickly.
The universe is an abundant place. Microsoft will get someone fantastic who can’t wait to jump in, and I’ll get to be joyful in growing my blog business, and helping other people in what I do blissfully.
I admire Stephanie because she knows what she wants, and she’s not willing to sacrifice herself, or her sanity, to reach her goals. She’s one of the many women I’m looking forward to meeting at the BlogHer conference.