Last night, I was given a proposal that was too good to resist yet I rejected it immediately. A friend offered me a job in an international financial institution headquarted in Europe with offices spanning the globe. The company posted a net profit in excess of EUR100 million last financial year. Imagine the perks of working for a profitable company like this.
While I felt honoured, I just couldn't consider the offer at all. What's going to happen to my company and staff if I were to work for the bank? Of course the remuneration would be extremely attractive, but in the long run, the satisfaction of running my own company will not be there. Being self employed, I have the freedom to juggle my time anyway I like and I've never had anyone looking over my shoulders all these years.
I have seen how hard my jet-setter friends work and how much time they spend on conference calls, presentations, boardroom meetings and executive lunches. I'm not even talking about dealing with sales targets and office politics or currying favours. I guess I'm just not cut out for that kind of lifestyle.
To me, freedom is priceless. I guess there's nothing to regret in this case.