“My favorite part of The Dark Knight is when the Joker is talking to Harvey Dent in the hospital, and he says: â€œDo I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? Iâ€™m a dog chasing cars. I wouldnâ€™t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just DO thingsâ€¦ Iâ€™m not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are.â€
And therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things.Â Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy.Â Stop acting like you have a set path, because you donâ€™t.Â No one does.Â You shouldnâ€™t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they arenâ€™t real and they were created by other people, not you.Â There is no explicit path Iâ€™m following, and Iâ€™m not walking in anyone elseâ€™s footsteps.Â Iâ€™m making it up as I go.
Itâ€™s harder, for sure, and kind of scary sometimes.Â But it will allow you to look at yourself in the mirror and know youâ€™re playing by your own rules.”
Especially the “stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t” line really got to me. Those of you knowing me pretty well as a business owner and an entrepreneur knows that I have had some trouble aligning me with the whole “structure and goal setting go get’em, this-is-who-we-should-contact-today thing”. It’s not something I really like doing and so far I have done really great without it, but as the business grows and as I get smarter, I know I have to get someone inside Toothless Tiger that loves to scheme and plan, somebody who wants a set path – because I really don’t. I know I’m supposed to expect me to have a set path. But -it’s not for me, not right now at least. I became a business owner because I love the freedom to choose what to do next. I basically love the magic of the moment and the un-planning part of it.
That I can (like what I am doing this summer) spend all my time on my favorite clients, writing new products and staying at home with my daughter playing and creating and find out the moving process (we are moving to a house in my hometown HelsingÃ¸r (basically it’s my childhood home we are buying from my parents) – and selling our awesome apartment 12 km from the city center of Copenhagen)
I love it. I am a dog chasing cars as well. I am not into the whole “getting there”. I just want to run free and do my thing.