10. Stepping Stone or Landing Field?


As far as countdowns go, they usually are in the order of 10 or 5 or 3.  I am starting mine with 10, 10 calendar days left before my last day.  I decided today that I would blog about my life after wall street, or rather my new life as an entrepreneur.   I am a little early, as I mentioned that I still have 10 days left, but today was the first day that I realized, I am actually leaving!  It’s a strange feeling.  Today someone asked me if I would have done it any differently.  To be honest, the answer is no. 

I am happy with the last six years that I spent here.  I learned a lot, I prepared, and I have a deck of experiences to draw from.  When I was 22, I was not prepared to take on the challenge I am about to take on today.  When I was 25, I didn’t know what that next challenge was.  Now, I am a little older, a little wiser and have a clear vision of what’s next.  I remember many conversations with friends about what we were doing with our lives, if the careers we had were a stepping stone or a landing field?  For a while this stop seemed like the landing field for me.  But I thought, even if it’s not, I am doing all I can to make it a stepping stone.  So it turns out it was just a stepping stone.  This next stage seems like a landing field now, but who knows, in 6 years it may be yet another stepping stone.  What I know, what I have learned is that stepping stone or landing field— the best thing I did was to do my best, to learn as much as possible and to build the best relationships possible, by actually caring about people and about the work I did for them.