I’ll start with a quick bio so you know who you’re reading! I’m a masters graduate of Stanford in Management Science and Engineering with a concentration in Global Project Finance, with a bachelors in Economics and a minor in Physics. I play the piano and I am an engineer at heart, but one with a love for business and for positive and fundamental change. I have a deep love for emotion, creativity, passion, art, and expression. I recently got into photography and I hope to record piano as well.
This first post is concerned with the biggest string of decisions I have made this year related to career. I left an investment banking job in May for an alternative with few guarantees and no paycheck. I have done internships in a number of industries and worked in four great cities, but I always kept moving, driven by some insatiable desire to somehow experience more, to tackle bigger problems, and to live with vitality. So, I am working on starting a new company, one that will change people’s lives for the better.
Whether it be consulting in San Francisco, banking in Chicago, or financing large oil and gas projects in London, each experience I’ve had has been tremendously educational while falling short of being self-actualizing. My thoughts have now led to defining myself as a ‘serial creative‘ – one who needs to create, a beginner, a launcher. Serial creatives are those saddled with what Dharmesh Shah calls ‘the genetic flaw‘ – a relentless desire to create and to change through entrepreneurship.
The world really isn’t set up to facilitate people to feel this way. Many will finish college and glide into a job thinking it is the next progression, sometimes without the internal conscious acknowledgement that, for the first time in their lives, they are free. At this point, our life really is our own and our resumes are truly insignificant compared to the reality that is our life. The scary thing is, what you do won’t necessarily make you better. It is our choice to travel to a building and spend many hours there in return for a paycheck. To myself, and my friends who remain driven by the desire for some sense of linear progress, we need to make this realization to live fully and freely in a difficult time. Analogous to Geoffrey Moore’s Technology Adoption Life Cycle, we leave college on the cusp of the Career Chasm, where most people will fall or stay still, locked into making decisions from incomplete choices. Crossing the Career Chasm means freeing ourselves of the idea that success is predominantly found in what an employer decides we’re worth. We can, and should, seek to change the world.