My hat's off to Dan for inspiring this post. After reading his I began thinking about why it is that I blog here.
I think what it boils down to is my desire to continue learning and expanding my knowledge not only of my profession, but the world around me. That may not sound like it has much to do with me writing blog posts, but bear with me. I think that knowledge and learning are paramount to success. Anybody who tells me they are pondering whether to go straight through grad school or come out and start making money is advised to do grad school first. I love the exchange of ideas, personal growth, and general intellectual development that occurs in the higher education setting. Not so coincidentally this is why I can't wait to start my MBA and have been kicking myself for not just doing it immediately after finishing my undergrad.
So again, what does this have to do with my blogging activity?
At the most simple level I feel a duty to give something back. Even if I cannot directly repay the people who taught me valuable lessons, whether they be classroom, professional, or real-life, I want to impart my knowledge and ideas on other people interested in learning more. I won't claim to be an expert, but would like to think that each of us has a unique perspective on the business and therefore has something of value to share. My hope in writing my blog posts is that I am able to put something out that in some way or another helps somebody else, even if it is to remind them of what not to do.
Dan did mention that everybody is here to get something as well. To be truthful, I am as well.
I have a couple of not-so-secret ambitions. First and foremost, I am hoping that once I've spent 15-20 or so years in the business community that I will be able to work my way into a university setting as an adjunct professor teaching a night or weekend class per semester. I plan on doing this until I'm ready for retirement at which point I hope to teach full time. This is also part of my desire to give something or perhaps more accurately pay it forward. I consider this to be something of a practice round for me, getting a feel for best methods of delivery for my information.
I also really enjoy writing. I have had the inclination for some time to do some sort of creative writing with the goal of getting something published. Perhaps a novel or short story, or maybe a screenplay. it doesn't much matter what it is, I just enjoy story telling.
Again, I tip my hat to Dan for giving me an excuse to take a little time and reflect on myself and what exactly it is that I'm doing here!