I am plagued with a persistent, nagging fear that I do not know enough and spend a large portion of my time reading or learning about the world I live in. I enjoy researching facts, ideas, concepts, and viewpoints, and adapting them to solve a problem.
I used to be an accountant, teacher, manager, and small business owner. I have worked in a diverse range of industries – automobile repairs and maintenance, book distribution, construction, education, finance, food processing, healthcare, leather goods manufacturing, non-profits, printing, product development (handbags), retail, shop-fitters, and transportation. Most of these were small businesses, some medium-sized, and a few, large. Accounting was what I generally did in these organizations, though a good chunk of my work was in teaching business subjects or coaching small business owners in using accounting software to mind their own businesses effectively. So I was taken aback when a personality test I did a few years ago pigeon-holed me into the ‘artist’ category.
I never thought of myself as an artist even though literature and music have always been my first loves. I was blessed with excellent teachers throughout my life and I thank them for it. I graduated from college with a major in business administration, and later earned a Master’s degree in Commerce majoring in accounting. Looking back after about 40 years, I guess accounting offered me better prospects for earning an affordable living than any other field I might have chosen.
The report of the Personality Test does make sense, perhaps, since my interests and achievements were focused in the creative process. I love the company of creative people, working together in small teams, and creating something new by combining resources – ideas, concepts, knowledge, talent, materials, technology, funds, and effort. I get a buzz when I’m around such people. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy working with small businesses and in small groups. That’s usually where the creative action is.
I was born in India, but had the privilege to live and work in Australia for about 13 years before migrating to the USofA. I have been moving to different places, getting accustomed to living with people from diverse cultures, races, languages, and backgrounds throughout a good portion of my life, always enjoyed these opportunities and greatly benefited from them. When I go to a new place I generally follow a self-imposed rule: try to return a different route. I don’t mind getting lost, if I can afford it. Well, as you can see, I can go on and on. But I’m sure you have better things to do than read about me.
I have a profile on LinkedIn which you are most welcome to view: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnyphilip