Today I walk into my branch as a bank manager for the last time.
I've had some of the most amazing experiences of my 17 years in banking here with this particular bank. I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented teams and leaders I've ever been honored to know and along with their collaboration and hard work, achieved some fantastic accomplishments over the last 7 years. So understandably so, it's bittersweet that today I move on to the next chapter of my professional career and venture out on my own.
I've had aspirations of being my own boss since before I ever started my career and have put that goal aside for a long time with the rationalization that I wasn't ready, or that I knew too little, or that possibly...I wouldn't succeed. But I finally realized with the guidance and support of my amazing wife as well as some trusted friends, family, mentors and business partners, that I've been "over"-preparing for this for more than 17 years! It's scary not having a predictable outcome in front of me, but at the same time it's exciting because I know exactly what to do and that there's no way I will fail. I've never done well with being "grouped" or classified so naturally living a lifestyle defined for me by my job (no matter how good it was at times) has never sat well with me...so I choose to create my and my family's lifestyle on our terms going forward without restriction or inhibition.
I'm not making light of this decision or saying it's going to be easy, and I'm not naive enough to believe a mere declaration alone will ensure my success, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt with A LOT of hard work, discipline and adaptation (and maybe even a little divine intervention 😉), it's gonna be so worth it! Thanks to all that have been on this journey with me thus far and to all that have and continue to support me...I won't let you down.