Hi friends,

Knowing when to quit is the most underrated life skill. It's hard to become good at something when the world constantly tells you never to do it. But I'm here to tell you (from abundant personal experience) quitting is good and you should probably quit more. ✂️🎈

Here's a common thought pattern:
"I want to live a happy life.
In order to be happy, I need financial freedom.
In order to get financial freedom, I need a high-paying job.
In order to get a high-paying job, I need to be a great engineer. 
In order to become a great engineer, I need experience.
My goal is to get more work experience."

A lot of people work backwards from their end goal by setting smaller intermediate goals. And that's where the trap lies. We often become hyper-focused with our most immediate goal (i.e. getting more work experience) and lose sight of why we set that goal in the first place. 

Our determination to conquer our most present hurdle creates blind spots. You forget that you can get a high-paying job by becoming a great people manager or having specific domain knowledge (or by combining any number of skills that society values!). Hold on a minute and let's back it all the way up –– you forget that in order to live a happy life, you also need to be healthy, loved, and have a sense of belonging.

We're taught that "quitters never win and winners never quit," but who said we were all playing the same game? Yes, accomplishing hard things requires perseverance, focus, and commitment, but not all goals are created equal. Some goals are just steps to achieve a grander, more important goal.

It's more than okay to quit some things. Especially when those things no longer serve your ultimate goal. If you're miserable at your current job, check in with what you initially set out to accomplish and why. Touch base with what your overarching life goals are. Stay true to those and quit everything else that gets in the way. 

Present happiness doesn't need to take a back seat to future happiness. So start looking for ways to enjoy the "tough stuff" now. I actually have tons of ideas for you already! 😉👇

Enigma (profile) 📍 New York, NY
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Enigma is a data-as-a-service company that helps businesses turn tabular data into intelligence. They are a Series C stage company made up of former startup founders, interns-turned-employees, academics-turned-engineers, and engineers-turned-data-scientists. What bonds them together is a shared commitment to finding deeper understanding through data.

While Enigma is a data-obsessed team, they're also big on work/life balance. They believe in flexibility in where and when you work and also have a parental leave policy that gives 20 weeks of paid leave to primary caregivers. 

Gusto (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Denver, New York, or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Gusto provides payroll, benefits, and HR to modern companies. Pairing is a core part of their engineering culture and devs are encouraged to fully own their projects. They have a bi-monthly all-hands meeting across all of their offices (via video-conferencing) and are incredibly family-oriented. Benefits include house-cleaning, inclusive fertility treatments, and even free sleep coaching! 💤

Carbon Five (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chattanooga, and New York
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Carbon Five is a digital product development consultancy. To create psychological safety, they're thoughtful about risk assessment: what is and isn't reversible? When everyone trusts that they're within those guardrails, the team can move and make decisions quickly. Furthermore, team members have the option to take a 3-month, unpaid sabbatical each year. No wonder their average tenure is five years!

Lever (profile) 📍 Toronto, ON and San Francisco, CA
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on case-by-case basis.
Lever builds modern recruiting software for teams to source, interview, and hire top talent. They value inclusion above all and make sure that everyone at the company has a seat at the table, regardless of role, level, or tenure. You'll also never work solo on a project because everything is team based. One of my favorite things about Lever is that their revenue source comes entirely from their product.

Apto (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA
Does not provide location support. Sponsors work authorizations on case-by-case basis.
Apto is a card issuance platform. They help companies to launch card programs and recently worked with Coinbase to develop the first debit card linked to a Bitcoin wallet! 💳 They're a distributed team with offices in SF, Barcelona, and Lahore, and everyone has a tremendous amount of autonomy. They care more about growth mindsets than they do technical ability, and value EQ over IQ. 

BetterUp (profile) 📍 Remote (US)
No need for relocation support – they're remote! Sponsors work authorizations.
BetterUp is a personal and professional development platform helping people realize their full potential. Emotional intelligence and empathy are core to both their product and culture. In fact, they periodically offer mindset and emotional intelligence training from experts in the field! You'll also be happy to know that they prioritize test coverage, regular dependency updates, and minimizing technical debt. 🙌

Goals are great, but only when you understand the why behind them. Don't let other people choose your goals for you, and feel empowered to say no to anything stopping you from living the life you want.

May I go down in history as the #1 fan of quitting ✌️,
Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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