Erin Hatzikostas is a former corporate CEO turned career coach, speaker, and podcast host. She is the founder and CEO of b Authentic inc.
At age 42, she became the CEO of a large company — everything had fallen into place and was bustling. But she still found herself feeling bored. Within a year she retired and later started her own company.
Leaving her high-paying job allowed her to find breathing room, and realize how much anxiety she had been shouldering. She was able to create, no longer chained to her inbox. And she met people she never would have encountered otherwise.
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On paper, everything about my career was amazing.
I’d become the CEO of a large company at the age of 42. In less than three years, I’d led a massive company turnaround. My job, which at first was one intense fire drill after another, had settled down. The company’s reputation was high, and my personal reputation was even higher.
Everything in my brain said, “Enjoy this time. You earned it!”
But everything in my gut said, “I’m bored. What’s next?”
One day, while traveling for work, I struck up a conversation with a very nice woman in the Southwest cattle-call line. She told me that she too used to work in corporate America, but left many years ago to start her own HR company.
We sat together on the plane and I continued to pepper her with questions. I explained that I was in the process of figuring out what was next for me and thinking about leaving to start my own thing (what it was being completely TBD at the time).
“It would probably be really stupid of me to do right now. My …read more
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