- Rahkim Sabree is an entrepreneur, financial educator, and former banking program director.
- In May, Sabree quit her job and posted her decision on Twitter.
- Sabree says he doesn’t regret quitting without notice, as it was necessary to protect his sanity.
When I was 21, I started working as a part-time cashier at a large national bank. Over the next decade, I held a variety of positions including salesperson, supervisor and manager before moving to a non-client oriented program manager position at a small regional bank. There I was responsible for overseeing email, inbound chat, and social media by creating and updating policies and procedures, establishing escalation guidelines, and interfacing across multiple teams. . I appreciated the fast pace and the autonomy of the work.
Around 2018, I became interested in financial education.
After reading the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, I started having conversations with friends and family about saving, investing, and building credit. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share, so I decided to build a passionate project around financial empowerment, to represent not only an underserved community, but a lack of diversity in content creators geared towards that community. .
Over time, I became a social media financial literacy influencer, wrote two books, and lectured on TEDx.
As my passionate project gained momentum, it also elicited patronizing remarks and questions from my employers about my loyalty to the company. I have been repeatedly asked to document any work I have done outside of my role, from contributing to publications to speaking at conferences – although this work is separate and done in my spare time. .
In February 2021, I began to worry about keeping my job amid the layoffs related to the pandemic.
I found myself constantly having to reassure management of my commitment to the bank. Anxiety and fear turned into frustration and anger as I felt like I was being given unrelated tasks to keep me ‘busy’, given conflicting instructions on projects and assignments, and that I needed to document my business interests and activities outside of the company.
This slow boiling feeling also allowed me to receive the smallest increase in merit I have ever received, coupled with the comment I should be grateful for because “some people got nothing” and attempts to monitor and control. micromanaging the way I spent my time both on and off. In the end, it started to feel like a hostile environment. It started to take its toll on my mental health – I was angry, anxious, dissatisfied and unhappy.
On May 28, I submitted my resignation by email with immediate effect, concerned about retaliation attempts if I had given full two weeks’ notice. Prior to that, I had shared my frustration at work with my little Twitter community since February, so I decided to share my decision to quit in what was to become a viral tweet.
My manager immediately attempted to call me and text me for an explanation, but by then I had made up my mind. I stayed long enough to see the termination notice come out, then I logged out with a sigh of relief.
On Twitter, I was immediately celebrated for sharing my story with likes, retweets, and comments that included “I’m next” and “I’m proud of you” as I shared my plans to continue building my passion project without limits or fear. . Since quitting, I have focused on monetizing my personal finance experience and thought leadership through coaching, consulting, and digital content creation.
Mental health is taboo, especially for men of color, and not enough is talked about.
The most crucial thing I learned from this experience was to realize the importance of my mental health. I started reading and writing more as well as sharing my story via social media. I plan to launch a podcast and Youtube channel that not only talks about my journey but aims to highlight and support those who are following a similar path. I have no regrets, but would advise anyone considering taking the step to quit smoking to ensure they have a strong support system, financial support and the stomach to handle the roller coaster of emotions. to be continued.
The thoughts expressed are those of the writer. Insider confirmed his previous job.
Rahkim Sabree is a personal finance influencer, author, speaker, and financial coach who strives to help entrepreneurs and business leaders optimize their financial futures. Visit his website or connect with him on Twitter.