Since starting my Masters (well, since being born) I’ve struggled to define my life’s purpose – taking endless personality tests, asking every mentor and psychic I cross paths with, doing flip-chart visionings at home. Much to my dismay, no one will tell me what to do with my life (jerks!), or more precisely, what to do with myself when I graduate. New strategy: make my own path.
No, I haven’t been listening to too much Tony Robbins, I just finally realized what everyone’s been saying – you can have any job you want, as long as you’re willing to create it. Or, in June Jordan’s famous anti-apartheid poem, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Why wait for a company to create the project management eco-comedy position of my dreams, when I can just start my own business, online platform, or menagerie? It seems ludicrous that I could create my own job, but isn’t that what all successful entrepreneurs are doing, and aren’t I in business school?
As I stare out across the professional degree desk-chained wasteland of paperwork and protocol, program design and performance metrics, I feel a deep malaise. I don’t know what it means to work for myself, and it makes me uncomfortable to consider all that responsibility and buck-stopping, but if I don’t create the company I want to work at who will? And if I don’t try, can I really complain?
Maybe getting to participate in a few brainstorming/presentation workshops gave me extra pizazz, but I think it’s up to our generation to invent a new iteration of business as usual, including production, marketing and distribution. (Check out the Innovation Incubator, Inn-Inc, we’re starting at MIIS to accelerate student ideas!)
I hope my peers and I take the risk of believing in ourselves, and building new enterprises and communities, because these post-normal times desperately need radical leadership shift. Maybe after we’re millionaires we can run for office, and our youthful facebook indiscretions can be overlooked? The anti-science megalomaniacs running things have managed to cock it up royally so far, I don’t think we could possibly do worse.