Focus On What You're Good At

Dos Playas, Aruba

Dos Playas, Aruba

I recently returned from 9 days in Aruba, where my MBA Leadership class met with businesses  throughout the island and talked about their particular challenges. It was great to be in the tropics again, albeit the Caribbean vs. the Pacific, without surf, but I'll take what I can get. Warm, tropical beaches are my happy places. It was an action-packed trip, squeezing in adventures to different beaches between meetings. I got to know my classmates better, and we spent a lot of time telling our stories to each other. It was great to have focused time to really think about what I'm trying to do with this MBA. I miss surfing and Hawaii like a lost limb, but I'm also aware of the career and salary limitations of living in paradise. I didn't return to PDX with any revelations, except for the fact that I can't completely ignore my past 20 years of experience, and do have to acknowledge what I'm naturally good at (making pretty things); and what I absolutely suck at (anything w/ numbers). I just have to channel this awareness into a career that can support my love of travel and adventure, and desire to make a difference. My classes in social responsibility and sustainability are helping to narrow my focus. Stay tuned.