I recently decided to take a new job offer because the new company is growing at an accelerated pace and I felt I had better future opportunities for me down the road.
I was not actively looking to leave my prior job, I just happened to have the opportunity come my way through an acquaintance. When I turned in my resignation, the current company counter offered with an additional 15k on top of my new job offer + a promotion, but I turned it down. After having talked to the manager and CTO, I understood the counter offer was made because they genuinely appreciated my work ethic and unique skillset, and that it was an accelerated promotion. I also left one of the best managers I've had who I am still friends with, a decent and friendly team, excellent work-life balance, flexible schedule (true unlimited PTO + WFH any time) in a small startup environment for a bigger + more hectic startup with less flexibility.
Now that I had left my prior job and the new start date is approaching, I find myself with immense regret in leaving what could have been an excellent salary in a comfortable position. I almost feel stupid for not taking the counter and using the great work-life balance that existed to enjoy my life outside of work.
I took a long time in making this particular decision. The previous job was one I did not dread going to, with great work-life balance, giving me the time and energy to enjoy my life outside. However, I decided to throw that all away just for a chance for a possibly better future. A lot riskier and with a lot more work and stress involved. I am starting to feel that there is nothing wrong with contentment where you are, and constantly seeking the next big thing is a road to burnout.
How does everyone deal with similar regret? I'm trying to stay positive and look forward to my new job, but my mind keeps revisiting what I had before and it is eating me up from inside.