That’s it. We’re all screwed.
Because if the CFO of Google can’t find any work/life balance, what hope do the rest of us have?
Patrick Pichette, who has spent almost seven years in the top position, recently quit via possibly the best resignation letter in history.
In the epic note, he basically tells us we’re all screwed and that work/life balance is nothing but an impossible, sweet pipe dream (much like fat-free mayonnaise that actually tastes good, and a world without the Kardashians).
He wrote on Google Plus:
After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family. Yeah, I know you’ve heard that line before. We give a lot to our jobs. I certainly did. And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life…being a member of FWIO, the noble Fraternity of Worldwide Insecure Over-achievers, it has been a whirlwind of truly amazing experiences. But as I count it now, it has also been a frenetic pace for about 1500 weeks now. Always on – even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be.
Pichette said that the realisation hit him after he reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro with his long-suffering wife, Tamar.