Today is Day 9 of my 30 days of blogging challenge.
In my childhood, I dreamed of a career in the sciences; first I wanted to be a doctor, and later the dream moved to engineering. In college the dream shifted again to a chemist. I had a semester where I flirted with the idea of becoming a pharmacist. By grad school I knew I wanted to be a professor…until grad school sucked and I said never mind. When I hit the corporate world I wanted to race up the corporate ladder and eventually become a senior VP for R&D for a Fortune 500 company…and then I realized just how much work and how long it would take to get there. My work-life balance was more important to me than becoming a big wig.
After seven years in a technical role I was ready for a new career. I made the transition from a laboratory position in a manufacturing facility, to working in supply chain for a retailer. New industry, new company, new position. I enjoy it, but I’m also aware that I do not want to spend the next 20 years in the corporate world.
If I could wake up tomorrow and have any job, I’d want to be an entrepreneur with a successful business. My years in Corporate America have taught me that there is no such thing as job security or loyalty from an employer. Every man is out for himself and I have to control my destiny. I’m not meant to work a regular schedule and be one of many cogs in a wheel. I’m meant to use my creativity and problem solving skills to help people. I want my hard work to benefit me, not a company’s bottom line or an investor’s pocket.
I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a business for many years. I’m not quite ready for it yet, but I’m getting closer. I know that one day I’ll make my entrepreneurial dreams come true.