Water your lawn

Near the end of my time at Shopify, I was a pretty upset dude. For the point of this post, I’m not going to go into why. In any case, I ended up leaving and you could say that I was of the perspective:

The grass is greener on the other side.

After about a month of working with Notion in SF, I somehow got connected with Tobi’s EA and she kindly agreed to do a call (I can’t remember the context, I think it was mostly for me to learn from customers). The time before that call happened, I really started to miss Shopify. It was and is such a great company. And I poured my heart out to the lady. You could say I was living by the quote:

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

I really regretted my decision to leave Shopify and getting let go by Notion amplified this by 1000000X (as well as by Shopify stock going thru the rough, Shopify becoming more synonymous with ecomm, etc.)

I can’t remember where I read this last quote I’m about to drop but I really appreciate who ever said it. As I’ve gone through this painful experience over the last year or so, my view is now:

The grass is greener where you water it.

It’s not about the grass being greener on this side or on that side. It’s about where you’re putting the effort - and, specifically, meaningful effort. Where are you feeling like you’re doing great work. Where are you investing into relationships with your colleagues. Etc.

Written: September 20, 2020 (whilst laying in bed)