I really enjoyed teaching. And, I don't mean to brag, I was pretty good at it.* For some of graduate school, I wavered with the idea of becoming a professor, but I ultimately decided to stick with my goal. I want to get into the nitty gritty. Get my hands dirty. I want to pull some levers.
Who says law school graduates have to be lawyers, or PhDs have to be professors?
Aren't these skills applicable in the real world?
Of course they are.
*Statements that begin "I don't mean to..." always mean "I am about to...," but they somehow make it more socially acceptable. Hence my usage.