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Partner in big 4, mid 40s. Doing okay but lack motivation as I don’t respect what we do or most of my clients. Team is decent and I feel responsible for them but not excited about consulting. Never been in the industry. Very tempted to do a start up. Have a few ideas. I would love some advice. Either how to suck it up and stay the course or being brave to try something new.

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I am exactly in the same position as you. I am in my mid 40s, 6th year partner and going through professional midlife crisis. I let go a couple of startup opportunities due to cash flow worries. Our Partnership model is golden cuffs and it’s so hard to let go what we have and take some risks.

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Don't need to make it to full retirement, when you vest, you vest, right? That's somewhat of a safety net.

I’d dig in into what specifically doesn’t make you excited and what would, and then think through how this aligns to your current role, what your current role could be if you did x, and other roles you’re considering. And do this in writing, not in your head. Then assess how realistic it is.

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Good advice! Will try to do this.

I have managed and mentored many partners. If you have felt this way for at least a year OP, then it’s not going to change and you need to move now. Gets harder as you get older. If it’s recent, look at how to reinvent yourself: new market/new offering/new firm.

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I felt like this for a while. I don’t expect it to change, so I should consider alternatives. I have added a number of new offerings. Trying to expand to new markets as well. That is where the fun is. However our firms are all short term focused.

Same.

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If you’re interested in doing a startup - let’s talk.

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Come to Deloitte :)

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