When I accepted my job in medical sales, I was tasked with giving my two-week notice to my boss. I knew it was going to be a difficult conversation, as I had worked for Dale for six years and we were good friends.
I called Dale first thing in the morning to share the news. I asked him if he was sitting down, and then shared that I had taken a new position. He said nothing. I told him, “Let’s talk in a couple hours when you’ve had time to process what I just said.”
A few hours later, we had a conversation and I let him know everything that my new position offered. I was going from a straight-commission, independent contractor to a Territory Manager with a large medical company, nice salary, excellent benefits, company car, etc. It was a definite upgrade in my career.
Instead of being mad or disappointed in my leaving, Dale opted to be proud of me. He was excited to see he leap I was making in my career, and as he looked to fill my position, he used my story as a source of encouragement to show potential candidates where they could land in time.
To this day, Dale has always been one of my biggest supporters and best friends. I am grateful that he chose to help me in my career with his encouragement instead of keeping me back.
Who has helped you in your career? Make it a point to acknowledge their support today.
PS – If you don’t already have a “Dale” in your life, make it a point to find one.