What’s your next pivot? | Life Series

When I was growing up, the possibilities for the future seemed unlimited, like a clean slate ready to be written on.

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I was very influenced by watching Star-Trek and wanted to be a space-traveller. Later on, reading a few war-time stories made me wish to join the Defense Academy and serve the country. My father was a businessman, which somehow sowed the seed also to become one. While still studying, I started my first business venture, which I thought would launch my professional career. However, the experiment nose-dived faster than the launch. And I was stuck with academics for the next few years.

Life moved on, and throughout the journey, I learned from every possible career options I encountered. As far as I remember, I always had the purpose of doing something, starting something, but could not define it.

Space-travelling stretched my imagination and perhaps triggered my creative side. The war movies made me imbibe discipline in life, and the business adventure offered me some money sense.

I kept pivoting until I landed at MIS, now called Information Technology, where I was able to blend all the lessons previously learned to create more meaning in my work line.

I can’t tell what would have happened if I persisted in any early endeavours, but I can say though that it would have looked different now than when I started.

Life seems like crossing a flowing river where you choose each stepping stone nearest and appears safest to you. At times they end up being a bit slippery where saving yourself from slipping, you decide to change course and step on the closest stone to get your footing. It may seem like the current course is what will get you to the other side. Strangely, the other side is always delusional, and the present stepping stone is also not permanent.

Like driving in the dark, you can only see to a little distance in front of you, and the path keeps opening up as you keep going, I am not sure what my next steps will be, but I am sure it will be another pivot where I will be able to use all the lessons previously learned.

What’s your next pivot?

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