realised the company didn’t care how many Friday nights she had sacrificed to work, or the fact that for five years, she had worked instead of going home for the holidays.
When deciding whether to leave, Sara even recommends pondering death. The early death of her mother from cancer at age 49 prompted her own soul-searching. She says that she asked herself: “If I died tomorrow, would I feel good about the life I’ve lived? Would I feel that I had lived broadly and bravely and fully? The answer was no.” That’s what Sam Polk, a former Wall Street trader, tells those who are scared of leaving their jobs. “You cannot see what will happen if you leave but that doesn’t mean nothing’s there. It just means you cannot see it. It’s a test between trust and fear, between faith and fear. Are you willing to trust that you have the skills, whatever your spiritual beliefs are, that the universe will provide for you or that you have enough skill or character or integrity to take care of yourself and hold out long enough to see what’s behind that corner?
“I’ve done a lot of volunteer work, and I started Groceryships (a non-profit aimed at helping to feed poor families) and I wrote a book. I couldn’t have seen this four years ago. If I’d let myself be weighed down by my fear, then something like this would have never happened, so thank God I left.”