I turn 28 today. This year has been the fifth year since I followed my American dream and moved to the States. As much as I miss my parents and family back in Taiwan, I feel living in the States provides me with another perspective I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’m more willing to speak up, step out of my comfort zone to make new friends, and never let someone tell me what I cannot do.
However, I often wonder now what the next steps are. I’m pretty much accustomed to life here … but it’s not always obvious to me whether I’m headed in the right direction. Indeed, we talk about globalization every day and technology has brought best practices from around the world within a click’s reach. But that doesn’t change the fact that sometimes, my different background leaves me unsure of whether I’m establishing the right professional identity here.
On the other side of the world, a market with tremendous potential grows, with consumers desperately wanting to be educated and to have their needs satisfied. The Chinese market is unique and booming, and that’s exciting to me. But what’s the American equivalent? What’s unique and booming here, and how can I be a part of it?
As of today I’ve got a long way to go, professionally. It’s taken me five years to get a taste of U.S. corporate culture, and now I’m trying to decide what new capabilities, what new areas of expertise I should add to my repertoire.
Dear friends, if you have words of wisdom or advice you can offer, please do take a few minutes to leave me a comment. Or, I’d appreciate your time for a cup of coffee or cupcake. That would be a terrific birthday present indeed!