One of the things, others can never take away from you is your past experience(s).
They are completely yours. Yours to cherish. Yours to curse. Yours to learn from. Yours to channel into something new.
I have often wondered why things happen. Why do you meet the people, you do? Why do you get the job offers you do? Why do you end up with the career, you do? Is it all part of a plan or does it just happen.
I am mostly in the latter camp. There is no connection between what I imagined myself doing 25 years ago and what I ended up doing and the places I went to work.
Because as I am working hard to build a strong set of foundations for our new medtech startup, some of my past experiences are coming back into play. Experiences I didn’t know what I could use for back then, but where it has become blatantly obvious, how I can bring them to bear now.
I am not a big believer in anything except what I can see, hear, feel, taste and smell. But to the extend there is something more out there, I am enclined to say that right about now it is starting to dawn on me, why I did the things I did during my career;
Why I spent time working for the Danish Diabetes Foundation as my very first job fresh out of journalism school.
Why I spent time doing licensing and R&D deals for Microsoft Business Solutions.
Why I spent time in business management at Microsoft.
Why I spent a lot of time doing recruiting and getting both the team, roles and culture right at Berlingske Digital.
And so on. And so on.
The only thing I knew 25 years back – and before – was that one day I wanted to try to create something new that could benefit a lot of people.
Fast forward to today, and I am trying to follow up on that passion using the wealth of experiences, I gained over the years. I wouldn’t say the circle is being completed, but it sort of feels like that.