Founding a new company
Joining a Nonprofit Organization

Focusing on what truly matters.

I resigned (on good terms) from my big-data role at Florida Blue (BCBS) to focus on public benefit. It’s not especially easy leaving a secure and cushy position with a large, stable company just to pursue unpaid philanthropic work with little in the bank, but it doesn't feel like a mistake yet.

Who knows how this will pan out? For me, it wasn't worth it to continue on with a job where the beneficiary of my labor could not be identified even a few rungs up the ladder. Good people and all, but the work I was doing was already automated years back. It was disheartening. No morale.

If you see an opportunity to help shape the future of a cause you hold dear, and if you’re in a position to take risks in order to focus on that cause more intently, then I’d say it’s among the best things you can do for yourself.  I've taken a lot of risks in my life. This one felt especially "right."

Whenever possible, working on what you believe in is incredibly refreshing. It really makes sense of that whole “if you like what you do, you'll never work a day in your life” cliché we’ve all heard.  Should you be so lucky to find some opportunity to exploit your passion and make real and lasting impacts for the better, you'll see quickly that there really is some truth to the notion.

Anyway, check back in a few months to see if I've gone all the way homeless.