you know the drill. you walk into a dinner party and meet a stranger. the first words out of their mouth are invariably, “so what do you do?” it’s not meant to be a loaded question, just some idle chit chat. but i could never avoid feeling that my answer somehow defined me, placed me in some sort of hierarchy and said something about my approach to the world.
when you tell people you’re a management consultant most people say, “oh.” i mean, we’ve all heard something about it. maybe it makes you think of up in the air, house of lies, or your smart friend from college who went to “help businesses solve tough problems.” i honestly liked the job. the problems were indeed interesting and the people were great.
but for some reason i personally never felt compelled to steer the dinner party conversation towards what i did. now i can’t get enough of it. i want to tell you what our product is and how we got started. i want to tell you what new chain we recently launched in and how often they’re ordering. i want to discuss the drought in california and the impact on the almond crop. ask away, please!
this is the amazing feeling that comes with being proud of what you do.
(photo by ravi)