As a diplomat sitting in a board room parroting US policy I didn’t believe, an international partner said, “You Americans endorse policies even you have yet to embrace”. Stunned by my hypocrisy and violation of two personal values – honesty and authenticity – that day was the beginning of the end of my career at CDC.
Leaving meant walking away from a pension but the risk has been greatly rewarded. The best advice I could give someone would be to decide unapologetically. Bet on yourself, and be open to the lessons and opportunities afforded by failure.