Back in the day, (not too long ago - shout out to the class of 2011!) I was a new college graduate crossing the stage with a guaranteed job.
Months before, I’d secured a position at a top media company in New York City. I should have been ecstatic. But I wasn’t. I was grateful, and recognized how rare it was to graduate with a job but I felt like I let myself down. I felt like I’d already let the real world chip away at my dreams by settling and entering the workforce. I wasn’t the college student applying to dozens of jobs and going on interviews. Instead, I was submitting for grants, applying to accelerators and googling “how to get an investor for your startup.” So when a job offer landed in my lap, I was grateful but also unsure if it was the right decision knowing I wanted to grow the company I’d already started in my college dorm.