You are most powerful when your identity is tied to your own name.
I know I'm not the first one to suggest this, but with your experience over the past three years on The Profile and for the last three months doing it full-time plus your podcast time on Lunch Money with Pomp, please put serious consideration into doing a podcast where you interview the subjects of your Profile articles after you've done the Profile and had time to gain feedback from your readers.
But make sure your foundation is solid before you do it, because as strong as your brand is now, it'll go straight to the moon once you plug into video podcasts of your Profiles.
You made the right decision in choosing to strike out on your own. The Force is strong in you.
Hey Polina, I just discovered your Substack and am so inspired by it! I'm on a similar path and so excited about it. Thank you for sharing your story, and for this newsletter. All the very best.
Hi Polina, I love this article and your sharing your courage and wisdom! I started my substack comic page last week, with a deep breath. Your words are like rain on a newly planted garden where the seeds are under ground. I especially enjoyed your intention to elevate the content you consume and to pursue a sense of purpose larger than yourself. Thank you! Kathleen
Congrats on making this leap and thanks for your wise words. I am currently working for Amazon and building the momentum I need to pivot to entrepreneurship. It is a leap I never thought I would take, and yet it feels so much more certain than putting all my eggs in the corporate job basket.
Just subscribed, Polina. And totally agree with your statement about having your own business is actually more secure than working for someone else. I've said this to others for years, after having it happen to me in 1997 when the hottest consulting firm of the 1990s that I worked at had started tanking: Your job security is ultimately only as good as the management team running the company.
Thank you for inspiring fellow immigrants like me, Polina! Reading The Profile has been one of my 2020 defining moments. I am curious to learn more about content diet. Thank you for being you.
"I don't believe in the Beatles, I just believe in me."
Wow, such a powerful reminder that sometimes freedom > stability. Am grappling with potentially making a similar decision in the near future and this really gives me food for thought. Thanks so much for sharing this!!
In 2012, I left my job at The New York Times to start a digital media property that I ran for 4 years before closing it. This resonated with me strongly. It seems like you have a sound strategy. Looking forward to seeing what you do with The Profile going forward.
I love your writing - so grateful it exists.
As the storyteller for the professions, you know I'm a sucker for a professional story. Smart move, Polina. The story behind your new business is exactly where my curiosity took me. And you anticipated, then answered. I just coughed up the money for a subscription. I like the way you think, write, and live out what you've been writing about. I just unsubscribed from more than 100 newsletters to open more space for my brain; therefore, adding you into my Top 10 means you are doing great!
Love this. I quit my well-paid, identity-boosting job last week and am experiencing the roller coaster highs and lows as I prepare to set out on my own. (Nov. 19 is my last day on pay.) I will be taking this advice to heart. And, yes, it feels strange to make such a move amidst a pandemic, but it also feels so very right. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Best of luck to you! I am looking forward to the upcoming newsletters! Denise
Polina, you are great! Thanks for this and all your tips on here.
Polina this was an amazing read! Empowering, well executed, amazingly written. Thank you!