The startup life moves so quickly that people are always thinking about and asking others what they will do next. In startup-ville a common question is “So, what is your next thing?”
There are times where this makes sense, your eyes should be open for big opportunities and you shouldn’t be close-minded about change. If you have the chance to join a team that will change the world or become a huge success, you should probably jump at the chance to join them.
However, there are other times where it is more than okay not to have a next thing lined up. Sometimes it is the right thing to stay put and follow through on what you’ve already started.
There is also an old-school stigma about people who jump from job to job. I remember reviewing a resume (before coming to Aviary) with a seasoned executive and we had a really good candidate for a position. The executive’s main hold up about this candidate was that he/she hadn’t stayed at a company for more than 2 years. The executive saw this as a huge red flag.
When thinking of your “next thing” just make sure you aren’t jumping to quickly from one thing to another. It’s okay to join that company that has a great, is making huge moves and has the potential to change the world, become a billion dollar company, etc. But be wary of how others may view you if you don’t stay at a job for longer than a few years.