It’s all change…
It’s been in the social media sphere for a month now so if you didn’t already know, I left Red Hat in December 2016. To be able to walk away from a company I’ve watched grow since day one at a time of my choosing. Choosing to take next steps in not just my career but my life as a parent, as a husband and as a productive and happier member of the human race. If you’d read the last post I’d written here you may have realised this was coming. I’ve just made it a reality.
Travelling and revolving around often a seventeen hour day with US timezones can be juggled efficiently but when your job takes over and stops you being able to read the kids stories at night because of scheduling then the guilt hits you. When you’re travelling and miss kids parents evenings, school plays and events then it’s time to re-evaluate. Kids are only kids so long.
When you can afford not to have to work those hours, or to pick and choose the path you want for your future then the concept of making those life changes becomes fundamentally simple.
Next steps are more family friendly. I have two amazing children, a fantastic wife and a reputation I’ve worked very hard to build over two decades. Just now I can do what I want to do to achieve the goals I set myself rather than goals that purely deliver a pay cheque.
And having taken a huge pay cut the last six years made it a lot easier to go back to the security world, on my own terms and to do things that give me a lot more satisfaction and to be a better dad and husband as a bonus.