Who Am I? (An Exercise in Self Exploration)

Me - Selby BayWho Am I?

  1. A husband and a father
  2. A person with a strong work ethic
  3. A problem solver
  4. A good communicator
  5. A writer
  6. An environmentalist
  7. A technologist
  8. An artist
  9. A food lover
  10. A cyclist

A few more words about each of these.

  1. I am married to an amazing woman (Mrs. TKD) and we have an amazing son (Mr. Grey). I have always wanted to be a husband and a dad because I looked up to my father. I am a loving person who cares for people who are important to me and I am going to make the most of my time on earth by teaching my son how to live a true and virtuous life.
  2. I grew up admiring my father who was deeply committed to his work. I want to do a good job. I want to have an impact on society. I want to ensure that what I do makes a difference. Working smart is more important that working hard, but that doesn’t mean cutting corners. It means using the right tools and methods to achieve the goal. It means accomplishing the end goal and doing it well, without killing yourself.
  3. Solving problems, whether technical or otherwise makes me feel productive. When I solve a problem I feel like I”m giving something to the world making a contribution of some sort. I’m not only good a solving technical problems, but I am also good at working with people.
  4. I am a good public speaker. I enjoy lively debate. I value the passing of ideas and information between people. I believe that I am not only good at conveying ideas but also at listening. I may be a good mediator because I have the ability to see different sides of a story and to help people to see things differently. I value the concept of synthesis.
  5. I’ve always had a knack for writing. I enjoy writing because it gives me the opportunity to reflect. In addition, writing is an important way to convey information. Information is powerful. Information empowers people. The free exchange of information is the basis of a free and just society. I value the written word as part of a healthy debate.
  6. For many years I have had a concern of rate well-being of our earth. This is the only home humanity has. Even though I am a technologist, I understand that there are some things that are out of our grasp like fining a new planet to settle if we destroy this one. I worry about what we are doing to the earth. I want to find a way to make an impact on society by helping to clean up our act. It is important to me that future generations have a safe and healthy world in which to live.
  7. I am very interested in technology. I see technology as a tool that we as humans can use to solve problems, share information and make the world a better place. Technology also has a dark side and it is important to be cognizant of that. Technology can do as much harm as it can good.
  8. I was voted most artistic in my high school class. I lost my way with my art and I find excuses not to create art all the time. Still at the core, I am someone who creates things food, art, written word, photographs. I enjoy making things that make others smile.
  9. I love food. I love eating it. I love cooking it. I love sharing food. Sharing a meal with friends connects us in a way that other activities cannot. There is something about taking time to nourish our bodies that also nourishes our relationships. It is important to take time to eat together.
  10. I have always loved bicycles. When I was young my bike was my ticket to freedom. I went everywhere on my bike before I could drive. Now that I’m in the working world, my bike gives me time to relax and disconnect from the whirl of everyday life. It is my primary form of exercise.. I would like for my bike to be more central in my daily transportation but there are many things in my current life that make this infeasible.

What do these all have in common?

A few themes seem to emerge in the list above. I have a strong sense of duty to others. I value information and technology as tools to help us solve problems and form a better society. I have a deep desire to make a difference in the world. I value creativity both in terms of a relaxation mechanism and as a means to problem solving.

What must my work life include in order for me to be truly happy?

I will be happiest if I am working in a capacity that is focused on solving problems and making a difference in the world. Ideally, there should be a great deal of human interaction, including lively debate and open communication. Technology should probably take a back seat in my career, it should be a tool in the toolbox rather than the end goal of my career.

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