Saturday was my 26th birthday. It was the first time where I thought to myself, "Is this what I expected 26 to look like, say at age 16, at age 18, or even at age 22?" I don't know the answer, but I do know that I am in a place I never imagined.
I am a 1st year MBA student at the University of Tennessee, concentrating in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and working on a dual-degree Masters of Science in Business Analytics. I am driven by the desire to be a revolutionary and living life according to the masses never has, and more than likely, never will satisfy my appetite for living. I won't lie, I played life by the book throughout my youth, high school, and even college. I was never in trouble and was blessed with an incredible job upon college graduation. I was doing everything I was supposed to do - nothing I actually wanted to do. Mark Twain said, "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." It was time for me to pause... and reflect.
Reflection comes in many shapes and sizes throughout ones lifetime, and I am sure I'm no different. The long Tuesday spent at the office where memories of the weekend past make you hate that you just spent 10 hours staring at excel and next weekend is too far away to get you through. Pause and Reflect. Then there is the moment of happiness you have knowing payday is two days away, and then the subsequent depression that follows knowing you have all your bills dues. Pause and Reflect. You know life truly is all about decisions, and if we refuse to make decisions for ourselves, we allow others to make them for us... well, if that's the case, looks like you'll be preparing that TPS report forever, and never really getting ahead with your paychecks/bills. Pause and Reflect.
Enter personal decision para mi. I'm going to be honest here, I'm not wired like everyone else. A quote from Oscar Wilde sums me up rather well, "Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination." Anyone who knows me knows that I do not live within my means. I have a passion for finding a way to make things happen and that passion has given me the ability to do things by age 26 that most never do in a lifetime. I do not want to be a number in any company; simply put, I am one of one and strive to only be myself.
So, what's in store now? Well, this blog for one. And, most importantly, a new venture! I am re-reading two very influential books, The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss and Understand Small Business by Edward F. McMahon. My goal is to take the key points from each incredible book and apply them to my new venture. I plan on sharing my on-going experience with everyone, sharing my struggles, and sharing my successes. It will be a bumpy ride, but one filled with learning experiences and fueled by passion.