What’s been your biggest challenge?
Once I took a job somewhere, but within a week, I found everything about the place totally average from top to bottom. It’s a terrible feeling. I quit, and luckily enough my old employer took me back. Whatever you do, don’t accept average. If it doesn’t feel right, get out.
The second and biggest mistake was thinking that work, or rather proving myself at work, is the most important thing in the world. Needless to say, it’s not.
Is your job what you thought it would be?
When you’re at university or starting out on your career, you literally have no idea what you’re doing or where you’re going to end up. Looking back over the past twenty years, I feel quietly content with what I’ve achieved so far. The most welcomed surprise has been travelling and working on projects in incredible places like Nairobi, Detroit, Abu Dhabi and Beijing. Moving away from working with typical Western clients and mindsets is one thing I’ve found really inspiring. I’d like to do more of it.