After 10 fantastic years at Amgen, I have decided to leave and give PLADDOW my best. Last year, I figured that I could not focus on a corporate career while trying to pursue a successful entrepreneurial venture - so one had to go - and since then, I had been plotting my escape.
I tip my hat to Amgen for giving me countless experiences, a MBA, world travels that most could only dream of, and so much more. Towards the end, one thing was clear to me - that it was all about the people I had been blessed to work with; everyone was talented, had personality, and was fun. Sure, there were corporate politicking and jockeying beneath the surface that I never cared much for, but all in all, a standup bunch of people. It's these lifelong friendships that I'll never forget and will continue to cherish as we all go our separate ways.
Words cannot express the rush of exhilaration and clarity that flooded my mind last Wednesday, when the finality of my time at Amgen was imminent and real. Now, the opportunity that awaited me, the ability to fully focus and concentrate on PLADDOW, and give it the full potential it could have - the prospect of this was awesome.
I'll admit, I know now what people truly mean when they say it's with "mixed" feelings that they'd be leaving. These mixed feelings for me were pure joy combined with sadness that I'd be leaving people that had become my family outside my personal life; people who I'd often actually spend more time in the day with than my own family. It's these day to day things I'd miss; and the finality of knowing that this would be the last time I'd see my office, the last time I'd see the walls of the corporate gym (the sauna was the last place I went to that day), and the last time I'd probably be here in my life.
These mixed feelings were quickly replaced by an exciting sense of adventure, freedom, and exhilaration. The entire world looks different to me now, although nothing has changed around me.
Now, it's time to start living life the way I want to live it. Time to get PLADDOW truly going.
Today, I'm in Mountain View and making a stop at Google to lunch with a few friends. :)