If you are reading this — you probably are not the type of person to give up easily. Neither am I. You are ambitious and skilled and continue to push forward regardless of what obstacles are in your way. And that makes you successful. But here’s the secret, sometimes it’s wise to turn your back and walk away. Sure, it’s painful to admit defeat but when you are in a “no win” environment it’s often the only action that can save you and your sanity.
One of the lessons I have learned working in Silicon Valley for the last 15+ years is that it’s ok to walk away. And in many circumstances it’s even healthy.
Sometimes the company or product problems are too great or your manager is too straight-jacket insane to work with. It is often wise to move on and pour your energy into something that has a better chance of being satisfying and creating value for more people.
I have recently done this with Aha! (the new way to create brilliant product strategy and roadmaps) and could not be more thrilled as the business is growing like crazy.