Well, I applied to the Peace Corps. I’ve had a great career in business so far however, other than giving money to local charities and occasionally volunteering, I don’t feel that I’ve done my part. I’m beginning to understand the words Ralph Waldo Emmerson wrote over 100 years ago, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition.” Maybe in some way I could help the Peace Corps create a redeemed social condition in a small community somewhere in the world. At this point in my life, that seems a whole lot more important than making money.
After high school graduation I spent 4 months in 1991 living abroad in Germany. Though Germany and the U.S. are similar in many ways, there were significant differences living in Europe. I learned about the difference in our educational systems, government, social norms, and even sports. My work in consulting has also opened up my world significantly. I’ve had the opportunity to work with colleagues from Africa, Asia, and South America. I’ve learned some customs from India and I even learned to speak some Chinese and Japanese.