First Day Jitters
Remember your first day of school? Maybe you were on a school bus or maybe you were in your parent’s car. I always got butterflies in my stomach on the first day of school. I would go to sleep the night before excited about picking new classes, nervous about the school lunch, and looking forward to making new friends. Come to think of it, I always get butterflies before a new experience.
It makes you feel alive not knowing for sure what will come next. It pushes you outside of your comfort zone. It challenges you to deny familiarity. You know the old adage when adults say, “Where did the last 10 years go…”? That’s because as adults, you fall into a routine. Every day starts blending into one another. You go to work, you come home from work, you take one vacation a year, you eat pizza on Fridays, etc.
When you’re a child, everything is new, vibrant, and vivid. Every experience is novel, you don’t know what to expect! I hope to continue living my adult life with the same attitude that I had when I was a child. I am constantly looking for new experiences, to challenge myself, to get out of my comfort zone.
However, this is a lot easier said than done. I am not married, I don’t have kids, I don’t have a mortgage. I find that it will be much harder for me to live a life of new experiences when I am 40, but who knows. Maybe I’ll start a company, write a book, learn how to sail? I admire what Mark Zuckerberg has done. Each year, he challenges himself with one major goal. One year it was to learn Chinese, this year it’s to develop artificial intelligence like Jarvis in Ironman. I already know Chinese, and I don’t have the technical skills to develop A.I. yet, so I’ll meet somewhere in the middle.
I’m excited to learn and work in private equity. I am fascinated with how companies work from the underlying technology to the hiring decision process. How do you set company culture? How do you stay nimble as a large corporation? How do you retain talent? How do you stimulate growth? Hopefully, these questions will become clearer as I dive deeper into fundamentally understanding companies.
Wish me luck! And I hope that you all continue to challenge yourself, try new things, and get out of your comfort zone 🙂