You’ve probably seen the news already, but in just a few weeks, I will be leaving the UK and transferring to our office in Cambridge, MA. I know – big move.
Although it makes complete sense to everyone from a purely business perspective (Boston/Cambridge being the hottest spot on earth for drug development, we have more clients in North America etc.), what has been super interesting is the reaction with respect to my personal circumstances.
Among the kind messages of congratulations and best wishes, there has been an undertone of… WOW! What? You’re moving your wife and kids too? That’s crazy!
It is a little crazy I suppose. So why opt for such a big personal move at such a settled time of life?
Well, it’s 10 years since I founded ramarketing from a little flat in North East England. And I never envisaged the journey that has ensued. Despite the trials and tribulations of running a fast growing pharmaceutical marketing agency, I would not change it for the world. It is and continues to be a blast.
I am very proud of the company I have built and the team we have assembled at ramarketing in the UK. But it’s led to me spending far too much time on important business stuff that I am quite frankly rubbish at! A lesson for all entrepreneurs… know your strengths and flaws! So, I’ve passed that responsibility to a very solid pair of hands, freeing me up to do what I love and am actually good at.
Our US business needs someone to build its operations, develop a team, create a culture and oversee its growth. Hello. I’m the man for that job thanks very much. And I’m never one to turn down a challenge. So, I go again.
I have lost count of the amount of times over the last year that people (often a few years older than me that had similar opportunities in life) have said: “Oh, we had the chance to do something similar when the kids were small. I wish we had taken it.”
Yes, I will miss my family, friends, team and home dearly. Most people I know would not be taking the decision I’ve made. Too risky. Too much hard work. Too much hassle. And a pain in the butt (see, I sound American already). But as Sir Richard Branson says: “Screw it, let’s do it.”
And therein lies my reason. The next era of this unexpected journey. Adventure for my family. Ambition for my team and I. And simply having no regrets when I look back on my life.
What will happen in the next year? I can tell you what I’ve written down on my plan but I simply can’t predict the future. It’s a new chapter. One with lots of unknowns, mistakes and learnings I suspect, which I will happily share with you all (watch this space).
All I know is that I’ll be in Boston by this time next month, experiencing something completely new with my family. And that’s pretty cool.
So, before I end this blog, I just want to take the time to thank you for your continued support. Hopefully you’ll stick around for my US adventure… 🙂