EVERYONE HAS A STORY ABOUT HOW THEY GOT TO WHERE THEY ARE. WHAT'S YOURS?
The following few questions ask about the work you do, how you got to where you are now, and the lessons you’ve learned along the way. Your responses will create a profile that job-seekers can learn from as they begin planning the future.
Example: Wanda Sykes' Road
- Had passion for entertainment, but felt like it was a risk.
- Majored in marketing because it was safe.
- After college, got a job with the NSA.
- Heard an ad for a stand-up open mic night and decided to give it a try.
- After five years of doing comedy on the side, quit the NSA for stand-up.
- Performed first HBO special in 2006.
Example: Pam Gaber's Road
- Got a Bachelor's degree in Management.
- Became VP of Sales for a pharmaceutical company. Made 6 figures, but worked grueling hours.
- After 15 years, was exhausted and unhappy. Resigned to find meaningful work.
- Adopted a dog named Gabriel and started volunteering at a shelter for abused children.
- Brought Gabriel to the shelter and saw how he gave children hope.
- Started Gabriel's Angels, a non-profit that uses therapy dogs to help children.
Example: Deon Clark's Road
- Grew up in dangerous South Side Chicago. Many family members spent time in prison.
- Escaped drugs and violence by joining the Navy at 17.
- In 18 months, qualified to operate a naval nuclear plant.
- After Navy, became a nuclear engineer. Started speaking at schools to help at-risk kids.
- Co-founded The Legacy Initiative, a non-profit that mentors underserved youth.
Example: Craig Venter's Road
- Wasn’t interested in school as a kid. Barely graduated high school.
- Worked at Sears before serving in Vietnam war.
- Worked in a field hospital in Vietnam caring for wounded soldiers.
- After Vietnam, got a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology.
- Ran a lab at the National Institutes of Health, but quit because of bureaucracy.
- Founded a private research institute. Led the team that decoded the human genome.
Example: Charline Gipson's Road
- Born in Jamaica. Moved to Toronto at 11, but always wanted to live in the U.S.
- Got accepted to Cornell University. Family disapproved of move to U.S., but went anyway.
- Went to law school and got into a top firm.
- Began feeling dissatisfied with job despite material success.
- Quit firm. Accepted much lower-paying job as a law clerk for a federal court judge.
- Craved independence, so co-founded a new firm with a colleague.
If you let it, society will try to tell you who to be and what to do with your life. At Roadtrip Nation, we call that the Noise.
Take a break from writing and watch some conversations we've had about the Noise.