Sunday, March 31, 2019

A 12 Year Quest -- My Story

On a quest, through the desert.

(credit: Assassin's Creed – Origins;
Thick Skin Side Quest –
Crocodile, Hyena, Vulture Locations)
Last week I started a new job as Principal Modeler for Cyber Risk at Risk Management Solutions (RMS).  This is HUGE, coming after a 12 year quest that was far from easy or certain.

I don't normally post personal stories on this blog (or elsewhere) but today feels like the right time for this particular personal story.  I'm writing this as a way of connecting to my community, many of whom have shared the ups and downs of this journey.  I don't have any big lessons or advice. Even so, some readers may find this story instructive or inspirational, even indirectly.  I hope so.

Caveats: In this post, I don't individually acknowledge and thank all the people who have helped me along the way.  There are so many, so I will do that separately, both in one-on-one communications and later blog posts.  I'm also going to discipline myself not to write about all the details, all the events, all the feelings along the way.  That would be too long.  I aim is to have a post that is readable and still specific enough to be meaningful.

Even so, it's a long blog post. If this suits you, the story continues below.