Myrtle Beach sunrise, August 2018 (courtesy of the author)

It was just over 2 years ago that I walked out of my job and started the next phase(s) of my career and life. I had sensed the writing on the wall but had denied what was written there. My employer was not interested in dedicating proper resources to myself or my team, with no change in the expectation for success.

I was gullible and fallible — I believed what I was being told, not what I was being shown. As such, I went along with the dog &…