…Lessons from Edward

Edward had a 20 year successful career with a number of different firms… he took a job as a vice president with a company based in Mumbai, India… even brought over a few of his previous employees to work for him…

Early on in the relationship, Edward caught on that his new employer really didn’t have much respect for Americans and Edward’s clearly arrogant attitude didn’t help…

Edward had never really had a problem finding a job and had always been hired by people he knew or was introduced to by people he knew… there is no doubt he was a top performer and never had a problem finding a job… even though he was earning more than $300,000 a year, he got fed up with the friction between himself and his superiors so he quit…

Edward assumed he would have no problem finding a job… he took a month or two off to calm down and started calling all of the contacts that he had…VP jobs are not easy to find, but,  after all he had never had a problem before… Edward was always very picky about the kinds of companies he would interview with and the kind of job that he would accept… after all, he was good…

Edward didn’t get as many interviews in the beginning of his job search as he thought he would… he turned down three over four interviews for positions one step below a vice presidency as well as a few of them because he didn’t feel, after looking at the company’s websites, they were the kind of organization he wanted to belong to… the calls started dwindling and even when they came,  Edward rationalized not following through with interviews because he had already turned down interviews for better positions with better companies… he also became angry and more frustrated at the situation… he had never had this much trouble finding a job…

Almost a year has gone by since Edward has worked… he has spiraled down to a frustrated, angry person… the company was sold to a group of American investors so emotional challenges of working for a foreign company are no longer there…but Edward can’t go back

Edward will eventually find a job… most likely a lot less of a position that he had for less money and hopefully he will rebound well… the lesson is, never let your ego get bigger then your game… never let your ego lead you to make a rash decision like Edward did… just because you found a job easily in the past doesn’t mean you will now or in the future…

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