Chapter 1: My Corporate Idolatry Part 1
As I rushed through my hectic life, I was caught up in the whirlwind of surviving from day to day. Days and weeks blurred together. I didn’t have time to stop, relax and think ahead. Life felt out of control, a roller coaster that oscillated between screaming drops and anxiety ridden climbs. Looking back, I was at the mercy of forces beyond my control – layoffs and reorganizations, and I was expected to do what my boss asked of me, whether it was reasonable or not. I was expected to do what is best for the company, even if it was not in the best interests of the customers, my coworkers, or myself. I was told that the same problems exist in every company, which has an implicit message that I could change my address, but it won’t change my life. When I was caught up in this vortex, it was hard to look ahead to a time when I wouldn’t be experiencing the same thing. I am not alone. An executive job coach who works in Silicon Valley told me the number one question he gets is “How do I get my life back?”
The answer for me came in an unexpected place and at an unexpected time. I had gone twenty hours without food or water, and suddenly discovered that my life had been out to lunch. It was Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and I was nearing the end of the traditional sundown to sundown fast. The more spiritual among us might say that God spoke to me in that moment. It didn’t feel like that to me, but I do know that I took a moment to open my mind, and a new idea took root that has changed my life.