Fulfilling your potential


Recently I have begun a personal journey of discovery. It wasn’t my intention to do so. It wasn’t my desire to do so either. But I am on the journey and what I am learning is fascinating one minute and terrifying the next. This week I learned I had a secret.

In the way of a biblical conversion I had my blinding light moment. Not on the road to Damascus but more prosaically in St. Louis in the bath tub on a Monday morning. But this is getting to the end of the story and the beginning is so interesting.

When I began this journey I was told to put my “faith in the universe and the things I needed would be provided” for me when I needed them. Well! I had such an issue with almost every word of this. Faith denies science and I am a scientist. Universe as supreme power just is never going to fly. And the biggy, predestination of events that are for my benefit: ridiculous.

So I have been doing my usual maximize-your-time routine and listing to books-on-tape while walking through airports and watching TED.org-podcasts while flying. I am listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and I recently watched Cameron Herold on Entrepreneurship. In the days leading up to this I had been thinking about my childhood and the infamous “Thorne Experiment” where educationalist tried out different techniques on students for selecting their academic path. I lived in Thorne when this occured.

I was also reflecting on my career and I realized that I had achieved great success despite never asking for a pay rise or a promotion in more than 30 years of a working life.

Then it hit me. I had not chosen my career, in some ways it had chosen me. I had never driven towards a goal but had made others success in theirs. It finally dawned on me that I had better work out what I wanted to do to make my three-score-and-ten something memorable.

Now this was quite the revelation for a Monday morning in the bath tub in St. Louis. But there was more to come.

Moments later I realized that the interest I had shown lately in some projects some friends are working on and that they have invited me to help with all have something in common.

First there is BizzCampBelfast where I have been invited to speak and for whom I am now blogging weekly. Then there is a special school for gifted kids and finally a for-profit young entrepreneur incubator all of which I am very excited to be working on.

And they all have in common … opportunities for young people, and especially young entrepreneurs, to maximize their talents. To sieze their days.

I realized that the mission I have been brought to is to help young people realize all of their potential. I had come to the understanding that my career didn’t choose itself, that the opportunities that lay before me are there for a reason and that this point in my life is when I can achieve the greatest influence on those young people.

About Kevin

In the past year Kevin has spoken at 20 conferences and seminars on a range of leading IT topics, including methodologies, business analysis, quality assurance techniques, governance, open source issues, tool interoperability, release management, DevOps, Agile, ITIL, from the mainframe to distributed platforms to the web, mobile, wearable and embedded systems. He is a much sought after speaker, recognized around the world for his provocative and entertaining style. Kevin is a 40 year industry veteran, holder of three technology patents and today is VP of Worldwide Marketing and Chief Evangelist at leading Application Development and Deployment vendor Serena Software. In the past decade he has been crossing the globe and has met with over 4,000 people. At Serena he works closely with industry analysts, the press, customers, partners and employees to exchange ideas about industry direction and business issues. He was born and educated in the UK and lives and works in the Bay Area, California.
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