Alright, it’s confession time! This one is easy: what did you want to be when you grew up?
A long, long time ago, before I really knew what it even meant, I wanted to be a stockbroker. This was in the third grade, I think, and at the height of the internet bubble. I had just discovered the beauty that is Bloomberg TV and the prospect of making gillions of dollars in the stock market was enough to excite me.
Before that, I had said before that I wanted to be an architect. It seemed cool, you know, planning out buildings and stuff. The only problem is the ability to just “wing it.” That’s why I like finance.
“Does it make sense at 6%”
“Well what about at 5.2%?”
“Dude, I said it made sense at 6%–5.2% is in the ballpark.”
Yeah, see, that just doesn’t fly with architecture. Small stuff matters. I don’t care about small stuff.
At some point before high school graduation I thought really seriously about business process engineering. I didn’t really know how to go about such a career path. I didn’t want to have to study science or any of that boring nonsense. Naw, I want to know how much those one-page “Quick Start Guides” save businesses in dumb questions to their call centers. That’s cool.
So, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Photo by: Mike Baird