I just realized that this quote has over 100,000 likes and reblogs. That blows my mind to think about. As a lot of you know, in lieu of a journal I keep a book of lessons I’ve learned. The rule is that they have to be concise and abstract enough to apply to future situations. This was one of them.
I wrote this during my third year at the investment bank. The HR lady had just told me that I had capped out on my accrued vacation days. When she told me that, I realized that I hadn’t taken a true vacation in years. That’s an incredibly depressing piece of insight. They gave me two options. Option A was to start traveling and risk gaining a slacker reputation for being out of the office. Option B was to take a buyout and get a check for about $20,000.
That night I went home and wrote this piece of wisdom. Then I chose Option C. I took the buyout and saved the money. When I left the bank, I used their money to finance my move to California and set myself up for a lifetime of travel. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.
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