A few years ago, I gave notice, and a few days later received a counteroffer. I immediately declined, as I had made a commitment and had to honor it. Too bad for me, but I don't believe in the grab all you can philosophy.
Still, I was at first flattered, but soon became angered. Why was I suddenly worth more than i had been the day before? If I was that valuable, why hadn't the company paid me more and given me the perks long before? Although I took a small cut in pay when I moved, my new firm recognized my contribution, and my income soon surpassed what I would have had had I accepted the counteroffer. I wasn't too sad when, a couple of years later, my former firm dissolved.
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