It’s not you, it’s the startup life.
Sarah Jane Coffey

Dear Sarah, I can’t believe I was reading exactly what happened to me. I worked as an editor for 13 years with a finance company that diversified into manufacturing. I should have quit at that very moment because my services were no longer required, but afraid of losing my job and my financial insecurity made me take on a role I was not meant for. Being efficient, means I became the boss’ go-to guy for everything needed for this start up — building the website, CRM, digital marketing, social media, designing, printing, replying to and dashing off emails — all things I had never done before in my life. But I had my share of emotional baggage and as I began slogging in front of the PC day in and day out, talking to vendors on the phone for hours, running from one vendor to other, replying to emails, messages, work group chats, I began falling apart. The result was an embarrassing breakdown. I finally quit and and by a strange coincidence, I came across your article today which is my last day at work. I now understand what happened and why its so important for us to choose work that does not fuel your insecurities and leaves you a complete wreck because recovering from such a traumatic experience can take a lot of time. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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