After almost 4 years, I resigned from my job at Haiku to start a 6-month sabbatical.
Unlike the more technical-oriented content that I usually post, this is a personal update (which makes it very hard to write).
I want to convey with words what I’m feeling, what are my reasons for taking this decision, and what are the plans for the future, primarily to keep me accountable. I promise more technical content coming soon!
Life at a startup is exciting and hard, especially in small teams. You get to wear a lot of hats, try different technologies, learn new things, and more importantly you have to work as a team to accomplish goals.
You also have the “thrill of the fight”, building things is fun and giving everything you have to make things work is a marvelous energy booster.
All of this comes with a tax: family time, personal projects, and hobbies usually pay the cost, and you can’t escape the taxman.
Particularly, the breaking point came because of a small set of problems:
The whole reason to take a sabbatical is to fix these problems, recharge batteries, and get back to doing what I love: solving problems with software.
For this, I have set three (ambitious) main goals, along with three rules.
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