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Harsh REALITY of QUITTING 1 Crore Salary

Updated: Dec 23, 2022

Shatakshi Sharma, St Stephens College, University of Delhi Graduate, ISB MBA, strategist to government of India, former BCG management consultant, advisor to tony blair institute, ivy league exchange student, LinkedIn Top Voice and co-founder of Global Governance Initiative

Career insights by GGI is a new series by GGI sharing hacks and tips around management consulting, MBA, product management and public policy.

In this GGI career insight, we will be sharing insights into: the circumstances and rationale behind quitting my salary worth a crore.


Some time ago, I posted on LinkedIn about my 1 crore job at the Tony Blair Institute.

I noticed that a lot of you were curious about why I left such a promising job.

This career insight will be extremely personal. I am going to share my thought process and rationale behind this decision.

1. The leap

When I left that job, I was in a very vulnerable state.

My education venture, Global Governance Initiative, was not making revenue of 1 crore.

In fact, I was responsible for paying salaries worth lakhs to my 20+ employees.

2. The reason

I have always been someone who thrives in a change of environment. Whether it be leaving my Government of India job for ISB or leaving BCG to start my own education venture.

I have always believed life is very short to be lived only with one role.

Rather, I believe in wearing the various hats of a consultant, advisor, entrepreneur, etc. Each time I left a role, I got the opportunity to grow in a new sector and learn new skills.

If you want to make it big in life, you have to leave a few places and allow yourself to enter new ones. Had I not left my Government of India job, I wouldn’t have been able to work for the Tony Blair Institute in the first place.

We human beings are nomads. Our genetic make-up is to move around and adapt to changing environments.

You may agree or disagree with me.

The larger message behind this career insight is that it took a lot of effort, critical thinking and some good luck to reach where I am today.

I started my career in 2013 as a young graduate. Now, I wish to dedicate my 30s to my education venture- something I am truly passionate about.


At Global Governance Initiative, we teach the practical problem-solving skills required to become a management consultant. Our masterclasses are hosted by leading professionals in the industry of consulting. This helps our students learn from real time experts.

Author: Shatakshi Sharma, Co-CEO Global Governance Initiative, Ex-BCG Management Consultant, Former Policy Advisor, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

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