The Decision I'm Not Proud Of

The Decision I'm Not Proud Of

Let’s face it, we all make decisions in life that we’re not exactly thrilled about. It’s like having to eat your veggies – you know it’s good for you, but it doesn’t exactly make you jump for joy. In the realm of consulting and business, I found myself in a situation where I had to make one of those tough calls. Brace yourselves, because this is the story of the decision I’m not proud of, but one that was undeniably necessary.

A Shrinking Ship in a Sea of Uncertainty:

Picture this: A thriving company, once the talk of the town, now sailing in choppy waters as the market slows down. I was working as a consultant for this company, witnessing firsthand the impact of the changing tides. One day, in the midst of uncertainty, I was asked the dreaded question – “What should we do?”

The Harsh Truth:

Taking a deep breath, I laid it all out on the table. The hard truth that had been gnawing at me – it was time to pull the plug on the entire department, my department. You see, the application we had been developing had reached a point where all the desired features were in place. It was a bit like cooking a perfect omelette – any extra ingredients wouldn’t make it better; they’d just make it messy. It was time to acknowledge that our department had served its purpose.

Cutting the Cord:

I won’t lie – the decision wasn’t made in a vacuum. It meant saying goodbye to colleagues who had become friends, and to a job that had become a part of my identity. But in the grand scheme of things, it was the only logical move. The market slowdown had forced us into a corner, and as a business, we needed to cut costs to stay afloat.

The Bigger Picture:

Sometimes, making a decision isn’t about personal pride or comfort. It’s about putting on the big-boy pants and thinking like a business owner. It’s about looking past the short-term discomfort to secure the long-term survival of the company. It’s about realizing that my role, as much as I enjoyed it, was no longer essential for the ship to stay afloat.


So there you have it – the decision I’m not exactly proud of, but one that I stand by. It was a lesson in humility, a reminder that in the business world, sentimentality doesn’t pay the bills. It’s a decision that taught me that sometimes, you have to put aside your own interests and ego and make the call that’s best for the bigger picture. And while it might not be a feather in my cap, I can rest easy knowing I did what was necessary to keep the ship sailing.

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