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In the wake of the millennium, I graduated with an engineering degree in electronics and communication with no idea what either of those words meant to me and my life. Fresh out of college I chanced upon the need for something and jumped onto creating a piece of software with no clue how to do it.
I made some money, but I was looked upon as unemployed. "Being an entrepreneur" was not "a thing" in the early 2000s. Social pressure caught on, and I spent the next many years in the corporate only to quit after 15 years.
In my writing, podcasts and videos, you'll see references to some of what makes me ME.
Back in school, I took part in theatre & enjoyed performing magic.
I practice Martial arts, exercise and mental conditioning everyday.
Neither does the story start with me wanting to be an entrepreneur or do a startup.
As a dad of a 4 year old and someone who's naturally inclined towards art and design, I couldn't see fact-based education in engineering school as the right way to learn. I started to think along the lines of lifelong learning ever since.
The Design Your Thinking blog and podcast began with a sense of urgency. It's a longer story, but let me shrink it to fit inside a couple of sentences.
I describe this in a lot more detail in my manifesto, I recommend you read it right away (here's the pdf).
There is no good time to start doing something good. I made my choice a few years back, set my goals and started to work towards them. What's yours?
Talking of choices, here are the words of Karen Dillon, about who I talk about in my manifesto. She reminisces a conversation with Professor Clayton Christensen..
“…and we started talking, and an hour and a half later I stood near my car with the keys in my hands for like 10 or 15 minutes…unable to like put my keys in the car and go because I was so moved about what we talked about. The gist of it was…was really assessing if you are making all the choices in your life that will lead you to have the life that you want. Or if that’s a bad decision…you are applying your resources and your energy to things that are not truly your strategy…will take you off-course.”
Take a moment to reflect on these words, and set a goal.