#76: The Last Straw: Why I Left Corporate and Started a Business

There are so many people that have left the corporate game to start their own business – and I am one of them.  I find that the story of how that happens widely varies and there are so many off ramps or entry points that lead to owning a business. At the same time, college grads are still being counseled on how to land that amazing corporate job and others who have worked in corporate for years feel like they can’t do anything else. In developing topics for the podcast, one of my team members listed a bunch of ideas and he started with some questions.  He said “Wouldn’t it be interesting to ask other people that, you know, that have started a business why they started a business and what was the last straw?” The thought was that people want to hear how to navigate their career journey successfully in the current climate. In today’s episode of Finding the Upside, I reflect on my 20-year corporate journey and share my own personal story behind starting a business and the pivotal moments that led me to make that decision.  I share insights into why more and more individuals are drawn to entrepreneurship in today’s climate of autonomy and flexibility. I am giving strategies and tips on how to craft a phased career plan that includes gaining corporate experience, building a side hustle while working a 9 to 5, and ultimately transitioning to entrepreneurship. Start listening now as I give it to you straight!

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect from today’s episode…

  • [3:00] Answering the Question: What Was the Last Straw? 
  • [4:25] Stepping Away from the “Corporate Think” 
  • [8:34] My Best Advice is… 
  • [11:06] I Wanted the Autonomy 
  • [23:31] Map Out the First 10 Years AND Your Next Phase

Episode Show Notes 

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