Last week, on my 22nd birthday, I changed my LinkedIn’s summary to ‘Entrepreneur. Engineer. Story Teller.’
Three words that supposedly summarize my 22 years of lifetime.
The First word, I wanted to become, for a long time now.
My cousin once asked me, when I was in 6th grade maybe, what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t have an answer. But I had read a long word, the other day, in the Oxford dictionary my father had bought for me and I’m sure I didn’t pronounce it properly, I don’t think I completely understood its meaning too but for some unknown reason that is what I told him.
I’d be lying if I told you my entrepreneurial journey started back then. No, I probably only said it to sound cool to my elder and much more knowledgeable cousin. To his credit, he didn’t mock me. Maybe he knew too that I didn’t understand what I was talking about, what more do you expect from a 10-year-old.
Well that was the end of it and my life goals didn’t align with my 10-year-old self until I joined my college and started learning about all these wonderful founders (through story books or biographies or memoirs) who made a dent in the universe. As you can guess, Steve Jobs was one of the people who influenced me the most.
But, now here I am. Earlier this week, I left my job to join a startup, which hasn’t started its operations yet. It is not as dramatic as it sounds, but yes, I can probably call myself an ‘Entrepreneur’ now.
The Second word : I worked hard to be able to call myself that. I studied for four years to achieve that and two years before it to just get into this college. But I realized somewhere along the way that maybe this was not the path that I wanted to tread.
Yet, I still use that word to describe myself because even though I have no intention of going through that path, it did open other doors for me.
I realized being an industrial engineer for me, is a part of me trying to be an entrepreneur. I only took up this course because one of its objectives was ‘To impart entrepreneurial skills in the students’.
It wasn’t everything I expected it to be but those four years did play a role in my development, so I decide to keep that name after all.
The Third happened by accident. It was not something I intended to be or worked directly to become. I wrote a few riddles for my college treasure hunt event. Then, I wrote something for a friend. And slowly I started to write for myself.
I started this blog some time after that and that’s how I became a story-teller.
It was completely unplanned but I’ll tell you something, it gives me a certain weird sense of satisfaction that the other two don’t. I cannot yet understand why. I’ll figure that out someday too, but So far So good.
I have been publishing blogs on my site for more than a year now and I figured I should get serious about it as well.
There is a common theme to all the three though, the are platforms to create.
Week zero. It all starts now.
See you at week one.
Thanks for reading:)