Launching this Site took 10 years. But who's counting? You're ready when you're ready.
I always knew this day would come -- and that's what's so important about the ten years it took me to get here.
By middle school, I knew that I wanted to own my own business. Other than trying to negotiate a better deal on my allowance, it wasn't that I was showing exuberant entrepreneurial tendencies. I just knew that somehow, someday, you'd find me in my version of the big office, with a window--which may not be an office at all, as it turns out.
I was raised in rural central Pennsylvania amongst rolling farmland and unobstructed country views. My Dad - a landscape architect-- fell in love with the place in the 1970s and always shared with me the ways things could be done better, like protecting land for future generations or preserving views for public enjoyment. My desire to find a better way, I've learned, is a deeply engrained part of who I am.
By college, I was trying to figure out what that looked like, with little wisdom outside the traditional advice to get a great job, work hard and save for retirement.
My early sense of what's possible influenced me in taking my first job at 21 on Wall Street, looking at how companies can be more environmentally and socially responsible and why investment managers should care.
Several years after that, when I explained to the admissions officers at two of the nation's top journalism schools why I wanted to be a journalist--at the height of print's decline, I said: Because I want to investigate and shine a light on what I know can be done better.
But inside of me something kept pulling me forward. I started to feel like I was losing focus and yet what was actually happening on my sometimes meandering path was that I was getting clear. It wasn't any one field or path -- what I had to know was me. Who I am. What I stand for. What gets me going. And how I want to show up in this version of my life.
But, I have to tell you something.
There was one thing, more than any other, that was a constant for me and for so many others I've known whether I was working in finance, media, or in between.
Throughout it all, there was one thing that bothered me more than anything:
Work is where we fall apart.
Our lives seem to be bookended by what we do and we're only as good as the next thing we're working towards. We live in a culture of more, faster--and while that's enriched some, it has cost us dearly. Without a doing that's going somewhere, we lose ourselves. Instead of starting with who and where we are, we look to what we could become.
We are more tired, less connected, and less happy than generations with far fewer advantages than ours. And--studies show that at least one-third of workers are disengaged from their work. So basically, disconnected from who they are for most of their waking hours!
While more and more people think that work is just meh, perhaps THE largest opportunity we have to become the truest, most fulfilled version of ourselves is left on the table.
The faster we all seem to be going, I've also found more and more people like me who want off that train altogether.
We want to be the masters of our lives and to retain sovereignty over the intimacies of our days. We want to feel strong, develop lasting relationships and know that we matter.
That's why I'm here--and I'm going to be here for a long time to come. Because there is a lot of awakening to do about "work" and how we stay resilient, thrive and serve others in doing so. I hope that's why you'll stay with me and reconnect with your role in our collective reclaiming of enterprise as the spirit of human pursuit.