Toubes had built his career over two decades and was under no pressure to leave his role. But, he joined millions of others leaving their jobs amid the Great Resignation.
“Over the years I have learned that I am a walking contradiction. Impassioned and relentlessly ambitious, and yet, uncertain with my career direction and evolving life goals… the dichotomy of the two created anxiety and ultimately unhappiness,” he writes.
He notes that he is proud of his work but never “really felt the rewards of that success.” He does not blame his company or his bosses. “This was clearly my issue, and I needed to resolve it or risk my happiness for years to come.”
In the end, he realized he didn’t want to be just one thing—that his accomplishments as a CMO do not define him.