Reflections from Turning 50
Feb 6, 2017 News Archive
This past December 1st, I turned 50 years old. I can imagine this may be a bit of a shock to some of you, given the amount of gray hair I’ve had for the last 18-20 years. Please note that I got married 20 years ago, and our daughter is 18 years old. Maybe that has something to do with the rate of graying I’ve experienced. Or, Not! (See the picture below, taken when Irene was about a month old, and judge for yourself).
Having reached this milestone, I took some time to reflect on a few things. I have to say that I don’t have any new insights, other than the fact that I spent the first 90% of my life minimizing social interaction. In late 2011, a little over a year prior to co-founding 3DENT, I finally realized that wanting to be an introvert at all times was not in line with my new role having to secure business for our company. As I now see it, we all have a naturally preferred way of being in life (different for each of us). Where we run into trouble is in expecting that in order to act differently, we need to fully abandon that naturally preferred way of being.
About 5 years ago, I gave myself permission to deviate from my “I hate mingling no matter the occasion” attitude, and realized that there is value in “mingling” and I should learn to be at least adequate at it. So, while I am never going to be the “life of the party” or be a good cheerleader, I have become comfortable being the initiator of conversations and asking colleagues and prospective clients for job leads and even touting our capabilities.
As a sign of my no longer taking myself too seriously, I am sharing a picture from my high-school days (so you can laugh with me). See if you can guess which is me (left, middle or right).
One other thing I’ve come to realize over the past few years is that I really enjoy traveling (and eating new types of food), and taking photos. I also love to teach! I thank my wife (Sheryl) along with my business partners (Bart and Sandy) for giving me the opportunity to interweave as much travel/photographing/eating/teaching along with work.
If I have my way, I will never retire, but start working 2-4 months of the year from different parts of the world. If you have experience with this, please share!