nergy on tasks that neither create value nor m…ffee to a group of bankers right before presenting the analysis supporting a corporate acquisition. When you’re forced to spend time and energy on tasks that neither create value nor make use of the skills for which you were hired, you have less of these precious resources to devote to your most valuable work. Worse yet, meaningless or inappropriate tasks constitute an assault on your dignity — by breaching the core requirements of your job, they convey disrespect and violate your sense of self.
I was deciding whether this venture was worth committing to another year of 70+ hour weeks. I need a higher level of certainty than investors do because my time is more valuable to me than their money is to them. Investors place bets in a portfolio of companies, but I only have one life.
…now telling me that “she doesn’t want to be like that for the rest of her life.” I was dumbfounded. It made me believe more firmly that the relationship between the Netherlands and me had run its course. It’s time to move on from this relationship that doesn’t work anymore for years.