MoBob told me that my biggest character flaw is that I lack ambition. I do. I admit it. I know I have not fulfilled the bright expectations engendered by promising test scores and diverse extracurriculars and fancy degrees. So what?
This latest discussion came about when I told MB about the lunch I had with a senior manager at the Foreign Agricultural Service who volunteers, as I do, for PCAFPD. At the end of our conversation he told me that FAS was hiring for a new position as the liason between FAS and Peace Corps.
MB said I should go for it, in the same way that he's encouraged me to start my own consulting firm and write a book. While I'm happy to be married to someone who believes in my potential, I'm just not interested. I'm happy where I am, because inertia suits me.
I know I have not fulfilled the bright expectations engendered by promising test scores and diverse extracurriculars and fancy degrees.
Eh, whatever. I had all those test scores and extracurriculars and I only have community college degrees.
I think it's not so much a lack of ambition as a realistic approach to how you want to live your life. I -- and you -- do plenty with our lives but we don't follow traditional paths to success. Frankly, I know I'd be miserable if I were trying to run my own business and be a constantly-hustling consultant, because my close brushes with those fields have driven me crazy. I'd rather be happy.