When I Grow Up


It all started 5 years ago, when I decided to take control of my career path. I started studying various concepts based on work I had already been performing for a number of years but was not certified.

Congratulations. You passed the examination!

Ammunition in hand, I went out to see what my chances were in jumping into a new sector. This was not an easy exercise. I needed to build up new networks and sell my abilities to a group that didn’t know me. After a few months, I came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to work for anyone

I started with a concept and decided to make the jump into the world of entrepreneurship. These decisions didn’t really did not answer the most important question:

What do I want to do when I grow up?

Sometime last year, the penny dropped….and I had my answer.

I enjoy more than anything helping people and bring people together

That’s funny! I had been doing this all my life, so why wasn’t this obvious? This got me started performing some sort of reverse engineering

The conditioning starts around 5 or 6 when you start school. People ask you what you want to do, and I always thought “How am I supposed to answer this question? What does this actually mean?” The conditioning gets worse as you continue. I was extremely fortunate as my parents NEVER put any pressure on me and were always supportive of all of my crazy ideas. You reach University, where you hear constantly that your studies are worthless because they do not lead to a job. OK. Now I get it. Life is one huge obligation, right? Then you hit corporate life, and the game is truly over. Then the question is NEVER what you want to do, but rather what can you do or what you should do. Nobody ever had a clue what I COULD do, and I’m afraid I lost track of my own possibilities as well.

I was lucky as my story has a happy ending. I suspect this will not be he case for a number of you who read this post. Hopefully, this blogpost can be an impetus for you to start your own quest.

About the author: Michael Boyle
Michael Boyle
There is nothing that gives me more pleasure than to see people and organizations reach their full potential.