Life is short. Do stuff that matters.
My team wrote me a card. I read it, and now my eyes are slightly puffy, red and my mascara is steadily making it’s way off my face — this is a terrible look.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to make a really, really hard decision.
When you’re in a bad situation and a good opportunity presents itself, the decision is easy. Going from 0 to 100, it’s a no brainer. But when you have to decide between great and great, there’s no such thing as black and white.
Today marked my last day at Opencare. To-date, this was by far one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made. Of all days, this one was unbearingly bittersweet.
A little backstory. Coming out of university, I knew I wanted to get into the startup world so I read everything I could get my hands on. From how startups worked, what culture was and why it was important to the autobiographies of all the tech stars — Kevin Rose, Jack Dorsey, Tim Ferriss, etc.
I wanted to help make a big impact on the world, help more people than I could ever on a one to one basis. As an engineer would say, I wanted my work to be a one to many relationship with the world. Very, very many.
But there was a slight flaw with my plan, I was a newly minted graduate with no marketable skills and no connections. So I did the only thing I knew how to do, I hustled. By some miracle and a lot of luck, I landed at a little startup that would end up being one of the biggest influences on my life.
I was a naive, scrappy 21-year-old who wanted an opportunity to work really hard and prove myself. I knew nothing about the real world and even less about what it really takes to grow a company. 2+ years later, I still have a universe of things to learn. But there are a lot of experiences in those 2 and a bit years that I’m super proud of.
Opencare has always been more than a job or a paycheque, these guys (and girl) became like a second family. We’ve been through a thousand ups and a hundred downs together, growing and learning exorbitant amounts along the way.
There are literally no words that can describe how grateful I am for the last 2 and a half (or so) years, but that of course, won’t stop me from trying.
I’m so, SO grateful to every single person on the team (past and present), you’ve each helped shaped not only my professional career but much of who I am as a person. Especially to my co-founders, Nik and Cam, thank you for taking a shot on me and the immense support thorough the whole ride – I hope I made you proud (most of the time).
This company will change the world in the coming years and I might not be there when it happens, but man am I excited for that day. I will be the first to congratulate them when they get the key to the universe.
I could go on, but my words aren’t sufficiently expressing this mosaic of gratitude, sadness, excitement and love. I’m forever thankful.
Team Opencare, I know you’ll make me proud — kick ass, take names, and don’t ever lose that culture.
P.S. If you’re someone (or know someone), who is exceptional at what they do and is looking for their next big challenge (ie. changing the healthcare industry) – Opencare is hiring a select few to join their incredible team. I’m obviously bias but I can guarantee it’ll be some of the most rewarding years of your professional career.