At first, I was shocked. Having recently left a corporate job myself, I could not understand her. But, of course, it makes sense. Our values and preferences change over time, so whilst I have been craving freedom and an entrepreneurial adventure, she is looking for security and stability after years of freelance lifestyle.
This brings me to the point that people soul-searching for their ultimate career goal often do not get very far. In his book Screw Work Let's Play, John Williams argues that asking yourself to determine your lifetime calling is more likely to keep you stuck rather than propel you to take a step in a direction towards a happier life and fulfilment.
"There is no way to know what you'll want in ten years' time because you won't be the same person you are now. What you do in your next step will take you in directions you would never have predicted and reveal new aspects of yourself you're not even aware of right now."
Another friend of mine invests private equity money into feature films. He used to be a banker, structuring commodity derivatives. At some point in his career he came across an opportunity to apply his expertise in structuring transactions to projects in the film industry. I doubt that he ever planned to feature as executive producer of several independent UK films.
At some stage in your life you might want to climb a corporate career ladder, but once you've had that experience, you might want to work for yourself or join a start-up.
"Each experience builds on the last and it's impossible to tell in advance where the next one will lead you. If you ignore whatever is your current itch, you won't get to find out just what interesting places it might take you."