While attending the Southern Police Institute (University of Louisville) in 2007, one of the instructors (Alex Ferguson) posed the following question: What makes you – you? Prior to that, it had not occurred to me to question the source of my “being.” After considerable thought, I came up with the following and it still applies today.
ME: My father was a career tool-maker for General Motors and seemed content with his life. He basically did the same thing for 30 years. Based on that observation and my current assignment as a fraud detective, I decided that I would be content for the next 20 or so years doing basically the same thing. If it was good enough for my father – it should be good enough for me, right? WRONG, after about a year or so, I found myself getting restless and was looking for a new challenge, I could NOT be satisfied with the status quo! I applied to graduate school and by some miracle got accepted. It took me 4 years, but I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
From that point forward, I knew who I was and what I needed to stay happy!
Question: What made you – you?
Hopefully, the self assessment will provide some insight into who you are and where you need to go, to be happy!