"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."-Albert Einstein
I've been re-reading this quotation a lot over the past few weeks. You see, yesterday was my last day at my now-previous job. I don't mean to imply that I'm some "great spirit" nor that I was surrounded my "mediocre minds," but I certainly encountered opposition to my values and ideas (my spirit, if you will), and this quotation, this idea has definitely given me hope.
Without putting too much out there, I'll say that after 2 1/2 years, despite learning a lot, having some unique experiences, and meeting a ton of amazing people, it became increasingly apparent that it wasn't the right work environment for me. It took a lot of reflection, research, and time, but I've realized that there are organizations and environments out there that reward the kind of innovation and initiative I have to offer, so I'm on my way to find them.
A lot of people have asked me "what's next?" or "where are you going?"--it's a natural assumption that someone leaving a job right now must have something lined up. I don't. Nonetheless, I'm sure this step is the start of an adventure to figure it out. I'm figuring out my options as to make the best opportunity out of this situation, and working on getting back my spirit.