I didn’t want my manager’s job

Jenni Gritters
4 min readFeb 16, 2024

I remember the specific moment that my career crisis began. I was a few years out of journalism graduate school, working my second full-time media job as an editor. I was working long days and feeling burned out. But when I looked at the people who were “ahead” of me in the hierarchy — the editors in chief, the managing editors — I felt nauseated.

I didn’t want their jobs.

I didn’t want the bureaucracy, the drama, the pinched budgets, the long hours, the constant layoffs, or the pressure of making big decisions.

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Jenni Gritters

I’m a writer and business coach for freelance creatives based in Central Oregon. I write about the psychology of small business ownership.