Leaving a big-bucks job you love is never an easy decision. But that's exactly what Patrick Pichette, one of Google's highest-ranking executives, decided to do this week. The reason? To spend more time with his family, as Mashable reports.
The Google CFO, who's been working pretty much non-stop for the past 30 years, said his wife is the one who inspired him to rethink his work-life balance.
While on holiday with his wife Tamar, she encouraged that they keep going and explore more of the world. Pichette rattled off work-related excuses and why there wasn't time for such excursions with all that he had to do at Google, his employer for the last seven years.
Tamar's response: "So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time?"
That comment gave Pichette a lot to think about. As he wrote on his Google+ page announcing his retirement:
"In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade-offs, especially between business/professional endeavors and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe diem."
While we may not all be in the financial position to wave goodbye to a lucrative and satisfying career, Pichette's reason for retirement is an excellent reminder that no matter how much money you make or how fast you climb the corporate ladder, there are plenty of other things to live for. More than anything, it's your family.