As I reflect upon my career, I have had at least 20 jobs to date. I have done everything from gardening to boat flunky, from working in a foundry pouring molten metal in hotter than hell conditions making bronze cemetery plaques to running a research centre, from building dams to raising money for a university and ultimately to running my own business. I can’t say that I have done it all but I can say that I have a lot of different and disparate things.
I stand to have a few more positions before I call it a day on my career although I am not sure what they are. There have been similarities among these jobs and upon reflection, I realize that a pattern has emerged. Between the big jobs at least, all involved complexities and a great deal of effort and energy. I gave them my all but I also took breaks. I learned at a very early stage that it was important for me to take breaks, to re-tool and re-generate.