I was working on 5th Avenue in Manhattan for a nonprofit that created computer simulations and course books to help improve the math and reading skills of students primarily between Grades 3 and 6. New York is such a wonderful city and the company a worthy one, but I was miserable. Enter not one but two books: Go Put Your Strengths To Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance by Marcus Buckingham and The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin. The first helped me to clarify why I was miserable. To put it plainly, my job was focused on things that weakened me, with little chance–after talking with my boss–of there being any change. The second book gave me the permission, or rather, encouraged me to give myself the permission to quit. Both books counseled me in just the way that a wise, trusted friend might–with understanding, frankness and a bit of admonition.
5th Avenue, Manhattan