Why I resigned as CEO from my start-up

Why I resigned as CEO from my start-up

I stepped down as CEO of my edtech start-up.

I walked away just as we were starting to hit traction.

I had fallen out of love with what I was doing, I didnโ€™t have the insights required to take it to the next level and I really needed to reconnect with my passions.

When I returned to work in the first company I founded, Art of Smart Education, it felt like I was finally pursuing my mission to help students successfully make the challenging transition from school to career.

But I hadnโ€™t really owned this mission.

I had a chip on my shoulder that what I was doing wasnโ€™t prestigious enough. Wasnโ€™t significant enough. Wasnโ€™t โ€˜coolโ€™ enough.

And then a friend said something that stuck with me:

โ€œYou get to help people with one of the biggest, most influential decisions in their life. I wish I could impact someone’s life in that way.โ€

Itโ€™s all a matter of focus.

Do I focus on what I think people might think about who I am? Or do I focus on what fulfils me and the difference I can make in someone elseโ€™s life?

I chose the latter.

And as soon as I gave myself permission to do me, and own my mission, our progress in supporting students at Art of Smart accelerated.

It goes to show that I really was the lid.

Written by
Rowan Kunz
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