In July 2013, I was in a great space. I had found a comfortable workload at the company I’d been working at for nearly ten years. I didn’t have to kill myself; the work was just enough to keep me happily busy. So sometimes I had time to sit in my home office and look out the window. I have a pretty view of green trees and birds and butterflies. It relaxes me.
One day, I got so relaxed while looking out the window that I came up with a bunch of ideas to make the company more efficient. I told my boss. He was one of the partners and I’d been his first employee those many years ago… so we had a good connection. He thought my ideas were great and sent them to our CEO.
The next day, the CEO called me and said they wanted me to become the chief editor of the company. There was no such job at the time—they would create it just for me. And it came with a six-figure salary and all kinds of bonuses and perks.