Here is an interesting reflection I just stumbled upon:
There’s one question to ask yourself periodically, especially when considering a new assignment over an external opportunity, and that question is:
Imagine you were at a different job you loved and a recruiter from [Google/Apple/Facebook] called you to offer you your current job at [Google/Apple/Facebook], would you chase it? Or in other words, would you re-apply today for the job you currently have?
It’s a rather simplistic question but one which I believe gets to the heart of whether you’re just comfortable, well-compensated, doing something familiar or really pursuing something personally meaningful. The reality is, there’s nothing wrong with not leaving, just don’t play this game with yourself or other companies about “ooh maybe I want to leave, maybe I don’t.”
But if you do answer “no, I wouldn’t fight hard for the job I have” then you owe it to yourself to find something that you can be excited about. This was one of the fundamental questions I asked myself when leaving Google/YouTube.
Update: Since I posted this snipped, a few people have asked me if I was thinking of leaving Red Hat. I’m definitely not thinking about leaving Red Hat, although the thoughts in the article seemed interesting enough to share :-)