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Was a straight-A student through high school and graduated with an award;
Got admitted to a prestigious university and completed my Bachelor’s in Economics, the most popular field among my peers;
Found a job and supported myself through the Master’s Degree program;
Got selected for a position at a well known multi-national public accounting firm, and within several years I rose up the corporate ladder from an entry-level auditor to senior manager supervising a team of 50.
It seemed that my life was good: I got paid well, could afford to live in comfort, did a lot of traveling and had many friends. However, I had never taken the time to ask myself: What did I really want in life? There was never enough time, other things kept me busy that were way more important and, quite frankly, way more within my comfort zone.
At some point, I considered pursuing another promotion as the logical next career step. At the time, I felt that this was not what I really wanted. I did not have a clear picture of my future. My most dreaded question had been, "Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?" Red flags should have gone up in my mind signaling that something in my life had to change. However, I did not pay much attention to these and many other signals. I became prone to anxiety in communications with my team; I had no personal life and plenty of bad habits (as an example, in those days I smoked more than a pack of cigarettes per day).
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