Then learn from this and make future decisions according to your learnings.
Mid career is usually where most people get stuck. Become Senior and then stop growing, because
To continue growing, you have to find projects of Staff level that will grow you (get back in stress zone and work on things you don’t know).
As a senior you get to a point where you know most of your work and you are limited to the speed at which you can type. It is time to develop soft skills (communication, etc.) to help grow others and scale yourself.
Management is not a promotion, it’s a job change. Horizontal move, not vertical. It requires different skills that are learnable. It’s ok to try to be a manager and go back you don’t like it.
Don’t become a manager for
Do it for:
Usual errors from new managers:
Advice if interested in transitionning to management: