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Guruchat Led
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Attended Memorial University of Newfoundland
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+Google CFO Patrick Pichette leaves job with a candid explanation about the struggles of work/life balance.
 
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.

This story starts last fall. A very early morning last September, after a whole night of climbing, looking at the sunrise on top of Africa - Mt Kilimanjaro. Tamar (my wife) and I were not only enjoying the summit, but on such a clear day, we could see in the distance, the vast plain of the Serengeti at our feet, and with it the calling of all the potential adventures Africa has to offer. (see exhibit #1 - Tamar and I on Kili).

And Tamar out of the blue said "Hey, why don't we just keep on going". Let's explore Africa, and then turn east to make our way to India, it's just next door, and we're here already. Then, we keep going; the Himalayas, Everest, go to Bali, the Great Barrier Reef... Antarctica, let's go see Antarctica!?" Little did she know, she was tempting fate.

I remember telling Tamar a typical prudent CFO type response- I would love to keep going, but we have to go back. It's not time yet, There is still so much to do at Google, with my career, so many people counting on me/us - Boards, Non Profits, etc

But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air. 

A few weeks later, I was happy back at work, but could not shake away THE question: When is it time for us to just keep going? And so began a reflection on my/our life. Through numerous hours of cycling last fall (my introvert happy place) I concluded on a few simple and self-evident truths:

First, The kids are gone.  Two are in college, one graduated and in a start-up in Africa. Beautiful young adults we are very proud of. Tamar honestly deserves most of the credit here. She has done a marvelous job. Simply marvelous. But the reality is that for Tamar and I, there will be no more Cheerios encrusted minivan, night watch because of ear infections, ice hockey rinks at 6:00am. Nobody is waiting for us/needing us. 

Second, I am completing this summer 25-30 years of nearly non-stop work (depending on how you wish to cut the data). And being 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. And am guilty as charged - I love my job (still do), my colleagues, my friends, the opportunities to lead and change the world.

Third, this summer, Tamar and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. When our kids are asked by their friends about the success of the longevity of our marriage, they simply joke that Tamar and I have spent so little time together that "it's really too early to tell" if our marriage will in fact succeed. 
If they could only know how many great memories we already have together. How many will you say? How long do you have? But one thing is for sure, I want more. And she deserves more. Lots more.

Allow me to spare you the rest of the truths. But the short answer is simply that I could not find a good argument to tell Tamar we should wait any longer for us to grab our backpacks and hit the road - celebrate our last 25 years together by turning the page and enjoy a perfectly fine mid life crisis full of bliss and beauty, and leave the door open to serendipity for our next leadership opportunities, once our long list of travels and adventures is exhausted.

Working at Google is a privilege, nothing less. I have worked with the best of the best, and know that I am leaving Google in great hands. I have made so many friends at Google it's not funny. Larry, Sergey, Eric, thank you for friendship. I am forever grateful for letting me be me, for your trust, your warmth, your support, and for so much laughter through good and not so good times.

To be clear, I am still here. I wish to transition over the coming months but only after we have found a new Googley CFO and help him/her through an orderly transition, which will take some time. 

In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours 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.


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Currency Could Be a National Security Issue.
Currency Could Be a National Security Issue. During the Napoleonic Wars, England blockaded the coast of France. Even though there was a conventional war going on, that was an economic attack in nature. In 2009, economist James G. Rickards was asked by the Pentagon to come up with a simulated war ...
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10 #Quotes  Every Photographer Should Know

See all 10 at http://digital-photography-school.com/10-quotes-every-photographer-know/

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Someone sent this from cracked.com. Hilar. We must shoot it immediately. The rise if robbie is the funniest part is. #kidrock
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This is a live Q&A, part of my skillshare course on marketing: http://skl.sh/1flgGLd

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This Hangout On Air is hosted by Seth Godin. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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New comic here. 
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Comics: Random Most Popular All Cats Grammar Food Animals Tech. Click to show the bonus panel. Take me to a random comic · Popular comics · All comics · Tweet · You and I were cut from the same cloth · How to tell if the weather is going to be a really big deal · Why Nikola Tesla was the ...
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 In 2009, economist James G. Rickards was asked by the Pentagon to come up with a simulated war game whereby he destroyed the U.S. currency. 
Currency Could Be a National Security Issue. During the Napoleonic Wars, England blockaded the coast of France. Even though there was a conventional war going on, that was an economic attack in nature. In 2009, economist James G. Rickards was asked by the Pentagon to come up with a simulated war ...
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Indie filmmaker/podcaster/comic book guru/actor/cult figure Kevin Smith tries to explain all of the slashes in his life.
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On Thursday Joe was a part of the first inaugural Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert in San Francisco. Joe picked up his acoustic guitar for the evening and jammed with Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, Nancy Wilson, and MORE! Check some videos of the night at the article below!
The singer-guitarist was also joined by Billie Joe Armstrong and guitarist Joe Satriani for acoustic renditions of Bob Seger's Turn the Page and Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams
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July 11th The #FluffyMovie hits theaters. Please SHARE :)
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+Ashley Codianni's animated explainer on Net Neutrality is totally kick-ass. Now I want to play old-school Grand Theft Auto. #NetNeutrality  
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Don't try--Charles Bukowsi.
Introduction
I wanted to be an astronaut when I was seven, but I suck at math, so I write stories instead. I never liked math because it had fixed answers. I found certainty boring. I preferred the arts where the asking of questions replaced the answering of them. Please share this writer's confusion. Thank you.
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Told a NATO general his plan for Afganistan security force recruitment wasn't gonna work, and he agreed, at S.H.A.P.E..
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  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    2008
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