I just watched Simon Sinek’s Ted talk and was blown away. For those who have not watched it yet, please do so before reading on.
Some of my most popular posts on this website are related to finding your true calling in life. To find that ‘something’ for which you can wake up every morning and feel alive. Whilst watching this talk, those posts were resonating in my head as I made sense of what the talk was all about. Finding your WHY can truly change your life! This clip got me thinking about my journey so far. Some 10 years ago, I thought knew what I was going to be…. an investment banker. It just all made perfect sense. Here was a job that offered everything anyone on the cusp of turning 18 wanted. Lots of cash, fancy cars, gadgets, the works…before you even hit 30. In a world of instant gratification it almost made no sense to think of any other path to pursue.
So I chose finance as my major in college and thought, after 4 years I would be well on my way. During the summer before college, I got an opportunity to work in the investment banking division of a very large player in this space. I thought this was the ultimate, yet, I quit before my first week was up, disillusioned with what I saw and heard during those few days. Something just didn’t ‘feel’ right, and the thought of doing what I saw people do everyday there, for the rest of my life, was too depressing for me. That summer, I changed majors and switched to economics and a new minor being offered, technopreneurship (A course that deals with the commercialization of new technologies). A last interesting tidbit, upon graduating I had a chance to get back into the world of finance but turned it down to go my own way.
I was slowly discovering the WHY in my life. The reason I choose to stick to the entrepreneurship path is because it challenges me daily to push myself further and to put my neck on the line, time and time again. Having had my share of successes and failures, I realize it is not the easiest job in the world, but for me, and many others, it is certainly one of the most gratifying. Even though I have yet to find my Google or Twitter, I have several products in the wings that I am really hopeful about. You can have a sneak at one of them, Reevolo.
p.s My blog design update is much over due. I hope to have it up soon so as to properly showcase all the projects I am working on.
p.p.s I would like to thank all my family, friends, partners, investors & mentors who have helped me reach so far. None of what I have achieved would have been possible without your support.