The New Executive Mid-Life Crisis

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Burnt-out corporate managers are turning in their briefcases for a stake in the $27 billion e-commerce industry. Electronics industry veteran founds web business specializing in tea and begins enjoying life again.

I came to the realization that the majority of my existence was devoted to satisfying the needs of the corporate bureaucracy and the quarterly stock price

The workweek is getting longer, and a growing number of corporate executives are feeling like they've been pushed past their limit for far too long -- and they're looking for a way out. Findings from the National Study of the Changing Workforce show that Americans are now working at least 160 hours more per year than they were 25 years ago. The numbers are even more staggering in the corporate world, where many are now expected to work 60- and sometimes even 80-hour workweeks. It's no wonder the overworked are taking note of the billions of dollars being made from e-commerce sites, thinking that with their years of business experience and impressive degrees they can leave their stressful jobs behind and start their own successful online venture.

For the last 14 years, Kerry Gregg was a top manager for a leading U.S. electronic manufacturer. He was making good money and had great benefits but he recently decided he didn't want to live that life anymore. "I came to the realization that the majority of my existence was devoted to satisfying the needs of the corporate bureaucracy and the quarterly stock price," said Kerry. "I didn't want to be on an airplane every week; I wanted to start living for me: doing what I enjoy, spending time with my family and friends. I wanted to shed my old life and start a new one with my own company where I could interact with my customers directly; talk with them and provide them with a product I have a passion for."

Kerry recently started TeaDen.com an online store selling a variety of quality, loose-leaf teas. Ironically, his love of tea drinking began during his many corporate travels to China.

He frequented tea shops and houses in Beijing and Shanghai, researched the health benefits of tea leaves and soon realized he had become quite the tea aficionado. "Since I started TeaDen, I've become a soccer-dad; taking my 12-year-old to school, to soccer practice, and I get to go to the gym during the day -- avoiding the crowds. I'm actually enjoying life for the first time in years," Kerry said.

Kerry Gregg's new company, TeaDen.com, sells a variety of antioxidant-rich whole leaf teas and tea ware. The site also has a wealth of information on the proven benefits of drinking tea, such as cancer prevention, weight loss, and cardiovascular health. Kerry's focus is on his customers and providing them with the highest-quality teas and readily available information on all types of tea and their benefits.

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