Today's guest entry is by 2012 candidate, Joan Beets in Amsterdam
Hovering over my Corporate Finance book trying to absorb the concepts of PV, FV, stream of cash flows etc. on a sunny Saturday afternoon I thought to myself – why did I want to do this again? Why do I want to give up the security blanket of a good career with the world’s largest crude oil producer just when I have to opportunity to be part of mega projects in the Middle East and Asia? What crazy brainwave made me give up a stable income when the economy looks like its heading for yet another downturn? I must be insane….
No, I’m not insane…I’m Dorothy. Well, no my name is really Joan but over a year ago I found myself faced with the same dilemma as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. With the big “30” looming over my head, I had strong feeling of being at a point in my life where I could choose from 2 yellow brick roads. Either one of them could lead to the Emerald City, being the future that I want for myself, but the question was which one - the easy one or the hard one. The easy road would be to stay where I was, in my comfortable life with my stable career and good friends. Or I could gamble and take the hard road? The road that would mean turning my life upside down, pushing myself harder than I ever had before without knowing where I would end up. I chose the hard road. Why? Because the city at the end of the easy yellow brick road is not my Emerald City, it’s not the future I want for myself. My Emerald City lies at the end of a yellow brick road with lots of chasms and challenges. I can always tap my heels 3 times and be home, but if I didn’t go down that yellow brick road I would not find self-fulfillment.
So I go back to hovering over my Corporate Finance book with a smile on my face, excited by the thought of the adventure ahead of me and wondering about the Scarecrows, Tin Men and Lions I will meet along the way. Together, I know we will find our Emerald City.