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Paint Your Picture                                                                September 2007

Remember when you were a kid, and everyone used to ask you, "So, what do you want to be when you grow up?" And the sky was the limit - we saw the future as a blank canvas just waiting for us to finger-paint! And we were excited because our imagination had no limits and we could be or do whatever we wanted.

And then somewhere along the way, as we got older, we formed impressions about what was acceptable, expected, and what was possible for ourselves based on our
perceived skills and abilities. We were influenced by our peers, our parents, our teachers, the books we read, who our heroes were, and the images on television and
in the media. How much of what we eventually turned out to be was really a conscious decision vs. an expected path?

I was a "late bloomer" in terms of figuring out who I wanted to be as a grown-up. In school, I always figured I would go into medicine because I was good at science, but after abysmal performance in my first year at university - that idea rapidly came to an end. I "found home" when I switched majors from science to business, but after arriving in the real world - one could say that my career has been a series of failures throughout all the crazy adventures that I've had in numerous start-up ventures that didn't quite get off the ground to survive over the long term. I had to learn things the hard way.

I didn't follow a traditional path, and in hindsight, I'm glad. While I would certainly be much farther ahead financially if I had gone the "corporate" route right from the beginning, I don't know if I would have had as much fun or learned as much about myself in the process.

I am tougher than I thought I was. I know that I can be immensely creative and resourceful in the lean times. And I know that an inspired life of purpose and meaning is my greatest core value. It has been a wild roller-coaster ride to say the least, but what I know for sure is that every moment is an opportunity to re-invent myself, keep learning, and throw some more color into my personal mosaic of life.

My wish for you too is to get your hands dirty and play in the paint - what may start off looking like a mess may turn into your masterpiece!

Cheers and a smile,

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