When I first made the decision to take a leave of absence from IBM and go out on my own (before I was laid off), one of my primary motivations was that to stay at IBM I would have to completely change my career path. That path would have moved me away from working primarily on client software (which I’d done since I started at IBM) to working primarily on server software. At the time, this type of work didn’t really appeal to me.
But the truth is there was one motivator behind my final decision:
I didn’t want change.
In hindsight, this was not a good reason to leave IBM. That’s not to say I shouldn’t have left, it’s just to say that it’s better to have someplace you’re moving to, not something you’re moving away from. I chose to move away from change.
When IBM came to me with a job working on client software, I jumped at the chance; but change got me anyway in the form of a layoff two months later.
Right now I’m faced with some of the same decisions I had to make three years ago. This time I’m handling things differently:
I’m embracing the change.
Change is inevitable and you either need to go along for the ride or you’ll be left behind. Technology changes. Work changes. Life changes.
So stop complaining about the change and embrace it. It might just take you some place you’ve always wanted to be.