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I Backed Out of the Running

Recently, I shared with you all about my wanting the promotion to location manager with my company. While the prestige and the authority might have been nice, I backed out, anyway.

It's not worth the money they pay.

The position doesn't just require being on call 24 -hours-a-day, 7 days a week. It requires being called 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week.

I suppose I'm just "not smart enough" to never allow myself a break or some time to myself or to be able to pursue my own meditation program.

But, I am wise enough to see a bad deal and a sucker's bet.

As I looked into the position, even passing the three-person-death-panel interview and their Klingon pain test, I also investigated online, finding others who have worked or, currently work the position.

Not once did I find anyone who said "yes" when asked, "Are/Were you happy?" Not one.

So, it's just not for me. I am not psychopathic or self-loathing enough for the job. I'm no martyr.

Now, I will, of course, do all I can to support the new location manager and make his job easier. And, I'm spreading the word amongst my fellow drivers that we all need to do the same and make their job easier, where we can. They agree. (This is the best team I've ever worked with)

I just don't see myself selling what I can not give to anyone - my soul.

Besides, I can do more good from here, in my current position.

Image Credit » LoudMan/Donald Pennington

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Comments

MegL wrote on November 15, 2015, 1:31 PM

It has to be your choice and youhave put plenty of reasons for making the choice you did. Whoever becomes the new manager will have the backing of a good team!

LoudMan wrote on November 15, 2015, 1:46 PM

Yes, they will.

LoudMan wrote on November 15, 2015, 1:49 PM

So many of us suffer from the myth of "needing" to be the leader when, it can actually be very powerful to be a better team player.

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Feisty56 wrote on November 15, 2015, 2:00 PM

Donald, just a year ago I could not have thought you'd become the inspiration of positive for yourself, let alone others -- but here you are! The changes you've made, consciously and with effort, just blow my mind (in a good way).

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 15, 2015, 3:41 PM

I think you made the best decision. We all need time for ourselves

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 15, 2015, 9:40 PM

It is a wise man indeed who knows when to say no. Learning that has taken me years. From what you've written, I agree wholeheartedly with your decision. I, myself, have had to explain why I didn't aspire to become an assistant principal or principal. As with you, I knew I could do more good right where I was.

Paulie wrote on November 16, 2015, 1:48 AM

you made the correct decision. I couldn't see myself being called 24-7 without any free time.

Rufuszen wrote on November 16, 2015, 4:59 AM

For that kind of commitment the money needs to match!

BarbRad wrote on November 16, 2015, 5:40 AM

I think you are wise. Adding more stress to your life is not what you need to do right now. You seem happy with what you're doing and you're making enough to meet your needs. that is a good place to be in.