That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run
So yeah I quit my job. No big deal. After 12 years of management consulting and private equity I realised I had been feeling miserable about work for a long time and urgently needed to do something about it. The biggest cause of my procrastination was not knowing what I wanted to do next; having a well-paid job with acceptable hours made the status quo the easy option.
I saw a life coach who told me it is better to run towards something you want than to run away from something you don’t want. People running towards a goal are typically energised, resourceful and focused. Running away is associated with negativity and fear.
Very good advice which I agreed with and then ignored.
So I don’t yet know what I’m running towards, and I’m definitely running away from something I didn’t like, but for the time being I am just running: The Gump Method.
Not sure where I’ll go, not sure for how long, but that’s sort of the point. There is no fixed agenda or end date. Total freedom, at least for a while. I realise the privileged position I am in to be able to take a bit of time out and am grateful for it.
As for what I’m doing it’ll be some cocktail of fun and probably weird experiences, meeting interesting and hopefully inspiring people and having plenty of thinking time. I hope my benevolent disposition will deflect all bad karma but I expect there will be some scrapes along the way too for those who like a bit of action.
I suppose this is half travel blog, half personal diary. If it ultimately helps me to focus in on what’s important, and how that might link to future career and life plans, that would be a bonus. At the least it should enable the 3 or 4 people I know will definitely read it to keep track of my mental state. Beyond that I hope to interest, entertain and maybe inspire someone else to take the plunge.
As a wise man once said to me, “what’s the worst that could happen?” Ok yeah let’s not go there.
Who is The runner
What is shunemployment
Join me at Gump Run Club
When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate, When I had to go, you know, I went
And so, you just ran?