Paulo Coelho in the Alchemist says, “When someone makes a decision, he is plunging into a rushing torrent that could lead him to a place he had never dreamed of going when he made that decision.” True indeed; such has been my experience in the last three years.
I made a decision three years ago which had a number of people questioning my judgement in leaving a well known internationally recognised brand for a niche focussed globally ranked franchise. The quest for excellence and enhancement of experience were the primary motivations driving my decision. However, over the years it became a life defining journey. Yes I improved my skill set and gained tremendous experience but most of all I loved every moment of my working day. The encouraging team environment and the entrepreneurial atmosphere gave me the courage to take up an overseas assignment with a foreign partner. I wanted to build the brand in a new geography and somewhere selfishly looked to be in the land where I thought my heart was.
In twelve months I established the brand and gained ground, but most importantly my thought turned into conviction – I knew that I belonged in
and in no place else. The trials and tribulations of my initial months in India India only strengthened my keen desire to move back to , bag and baggage. The myriad existing opportunities and the upcoming reforms and options in the world of finance are like a ripe wheat field awaiting harvest. No way could I convince myself to turn back. And hence I had to make another decision – to stay or not to stay. India
Being honest, I realised that I now need to grow my career in
, but that also meant leaving the wonderful souls I call colleagues. It is not always that one is lucky to have a cohesive, well knit and like minded team to work with. The tussle was between comfort and conviction, between amity and ambition, between the defined and the dreamed. In the end I decided to give in to the torrent once again as it felt right. I resigned. India
While I thought it would feel free after the resignation, it does not. There is a little bit of sadness lurking somewhere. The comforting factor is the knowledge that while paths might change, friends remain friends forever. And so on that note I am beginning a new phase in my life. Waiting to see where the waters take me this time. Hopefully, this time too I will sail to my destination.