Hello, reader! Thank you for giving me a small moment of your day to read content that I’ve created. I know we all have a lot going on in our lives, so I’m grateful that you’ve decided to spend a few minutes here to read what I’ve written.
In getting started with my blog, I thought it would be valuable to define what my mission is in writing it. I’m writing a blog because I want to have an impact on the world - even if that impact is tiny. If I’ve made 1-2 people laugh, learn, or think about the world a bit differently on a given day, my goal will be achieved.
Why does this type of impact matter to me? I’ve had variegated forms of impact throughout my career, and am finding that right now, interpersonal impact is the most fulfilling for me.
Early on in my career, I received a PhD from Harvard and had an impact on the world by contributing to scientific knowledge. The world now knows a little bit more about things like bonobo cognitive development because of my thesis. Hurrah!
When I worked at Facebook and Google, I had an impact on the world by changing customer experiences and making money for those companies. At Facebook, my proudest achievement was being able to point to features in the product that changed because of A/B tests that I ran. My work had a tangible, visible impact. At Google, my team’s efforts brought in more than $1 B in revenue, so I could easily quantify how much I’d contributed.
Recently, the impact that has meant most to me is interpersonal. In focusing on personal growth myself, I’ve come to enjoy creating moments of growth for others. Allowing someone else to live a slightly more meaningful or fulfilling life because of a conversation we’ve had? Amazing.
To that end, I’ve started a coaching business. I know that I can’t work with everyone 1:1 given that the time in my day is finite. My hope, then, is that through my writing I can reach others who I may not have the opportunity to work with directly.
For today, then, perhaps I’ll leave you with the question that I wrangled with myself in this post:
If you’ve read this far, hooray! According to average read times and the word count of this article, it’s taken you 2 minutes to read this post. I hope that it’s been a valuable use of your time. Looking forward to what comes next!
I'm writing this blog to share my perspective on career transitions, time management, and personal growth.