Below is an email from me to my friend Charles dated June 3, 2009.
The subject read, “My Very Interesting Conversation with the CEO”— who at this time had only been with the company (in Massachusetts) just over a month:
The CEO came into my office this morning and said that he had been meaning to talk to me.
He told me that he has noticed that I am a) a very talented guy, b) underutilized, c) lost/stuck and d) needing to figure out how to maximize that talent.
Below is his response:
You know, a couple of Mondays ago, Moneca and I had a convo about why this job, or any job, doesn’t click with you. It has nothing to do with your work ethic, job performance or willingness to learn. You’re just not doing what you should be doing or in the environment you should be in.
I resigned the following week. Six months later I was back in LA working for yet another ad agency. For the first time, it was solely because I needed the money. I worked hard and I wanted to be a rock star Account Executive, but I had no desire for any level of ascension or longevity with the company.
And I didn’t get it either.
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