I have one.
I was working in a mid-size law firm owned by one lawyer (no partners) as a fairly new grad.
The firm was a microcosm of life and some new lawyers were favourites and others were not. It was something the junior lawyers spent a lot of time complaining about. Particularly because of the lack of job security and the idea that if you were not a favourite you could be out at the end of the next big case.
Some lawyers were marked as superstars and rain makers by the owner, and others as workers. The rain makers got a lot of facilitated client contact, perks, and approval, and recognition for bringing in business. It was much easier for them to meet billable hours because they travelled to clients, met with them, travelled back and billed for all the hours. The workers, well, they got to do the legal work for the rain makers, and lots of it.
I was marked as a worker bee. I didn't mind the work, but I did not want to be put in an office for life doing what I was doing and there seemed to be no easy way to change it due to favortism.
I decided I had to come up with a solution. I figured out a plan that I believed would increase revenues significantly and save our clients money at the same time. I thought if I went to the owner it would be a sure-fire win:win:win. I would be able to implement the plan and get out of the office more to see what our client needs were on the ground, the client would save money, and the firm revenues would increase.
So, I worked on my proposal and scheduled time with the owner, which was a bit intimidating as he and I did not have a lot of prior contact, and then made my pitch. I thought I had done well, but he flat-out said no, things were fine as they were. No real reason given. I left his office thinking that maybe there was something wrong with my proposal. A reason it would not work. I couldn't find it. And then I started to get mad.
I went home, I slept on it, I went back in the morning and gave my notice. I was offered a significant raise to stay. I turned it down. I was still pretty mad.
It was a bit nerve-wracking to quit, but during the notice period I set up my own practice. We had some savings and my business plan seemed to indicate that it would work out better than being an employee. I also had young children I want to spend time with. It was a gamble, but, well, I just did not feel I could keep working for someone who was not interested in positive change.
The day I left two major clients also chose to come with me, and are still with me today. I immediately made more money working pt than my former ft salary because I had no staff or other overhead to pay for.
And that plan I presented, turned out there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. It continues to work for me today.