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Hello,
I am very young (23) and was radically accelerated through college \\ graduate school.
By next year, I will have a BA (Math\\Religion), MBA (Management Consultancy), MSc (Business IT), PhD (Computing & Mathematics), and PhD(ABD), in IT from leading universities, as well as 9+ years IT experience, with 5+ years BA experience with stellar recommendations.
I do not want a career in university teaching or research ... could you suggest a few viable directions to move my career forward in IT business analysis?
I feel "painted into a corner" and now am not certain which way to go at this point, as a Senior Analyst.

Just a few alternatives would be helpful.
Best regards and thank you.
I think this is also true advice...in fact, I know of colleagues who could certainly benefit from this perspective.
Let me advance a possible idea, and see what you think about it. I have always wanted to do C\\C++ rapid trading algorithms for an investment bank, but have not gotten a chance to do this. I do have financial industry consulting experience.
What if I could try to land a contract in this field, just to test whether \"it is for me?\" My pay would likely go down 5-10% by doing this. Is it worth it to try?
Thanks again,
-Jonathan
When you say that you want to do a C/C++ rapid trading algorithm, what specifically are you referring to?
1.) Developing a C/C++ rapid trading algorithm from scratch based on your thesis or college / grad work?
2.) Take an existing C/C++ trading algorithm and market it to an investment bank?
3.) Specialize in the analysis of results created from C/C++ trading algorithm?
I have some additional questions for you:
a.) Why would you take a pay cut to do this ... what is in it for you?
b.) What is new about your idea? what stops any investment bank from implementing an existing C/C++ algorithm?
c.) Why is your idea better than others who have already implemented some form of this algorithm?
The challenge here is that you are talking about starting a business and not just pitching one algorithm to just one bank alone, right?
You are talking about pitching the same idea to a number of other banks ... otherwise, what is the upside in it for you?
Along with that, you will also be looking at trademarking your idea and/or protecting your intellectual property.
And then you are also looking at the viability of your idea ... what makes this algorithm a good business proposition?
Thank you!
I find your book inspiring and interesting.
I do like the idea of bringing your passion to the market. Many people get \"stuck in a rut\" when they do not do this.
How does one find their greatest passion? Is it trial-and-error?
Thanks for your feedback on my ebook.
Yes you are right. Many people get stuck in a rut and regardless of what one does, if their is no element of taking ones passion to the market, then stagnation or falling into a rut will happen.
And these days, with the cheapness fo social media and blogging, there is no real obstacle to taking one\'s passion to the market.
You also asked a great question about the process of discovering one\'s passion. Here is the secret, it is more of a continuous improvement process that leads to one doing more and more passionate work than to waving a magic wand or looking int a crystal ball :-)
Really, what I am asying is that you have to continuosly improve your skills and then take them to the market while looking into your heart all the time.
Continuous adjustment and improvement is needed because our environment is always changing and our mental and emotional persona is always changing as well.
Some technologies that were hot skills ten years ago are now obsolete. At the same time, new technologies and markets are being created in realtively short moments of time.
The work that I would use is that we should be \"Agile\" in our approach to discovering our passion :-)

How To Fulfill Your Potential

\nThis is a big challenge because they can do almost anything and succeed easily at it. \n\nAnother challenge that they face is not doing what they love and following the money trail. Because talented people can easily get high-paying jobs and get paid a lot more than their colleagues, they can be easily derailed from their objectives.\n\nFollowing the money trail is bad because it eventually leads to mediocrity. Regardless of how talented one is, it is not possible to achieve your deepest potential if you do not identify your passion and do what you love.\n\nThe final challenge that talented people face is not taking their passion to market.\n\nThey do sometimes pick vocations where they are unable to serve their community and their world because of money or because of poor career recommendations. \n\n

Discover Your Passion

\nThe first and most important thing that you have to do is to discover your passion. \n\nYour passion is something that you are deeply interested in doing because you love it, you have strengths in it, you enjoy thinking, dreaming or even speaking about it. \n\nIt is not necessarily what promises job security or what promises a lot of money. \n\nMoney and Job Security are used as the primary basis of making career recommendations and yet, they don\'t truly matter because ... guess what? \n\nIf you do what you truly love, the money will surely follow.\n\nDiscovering your passion is an exercise of the heart and not of the head. \n\nYou must be able to dream or envision your passion in your heart first and then use your head to figure out what to do.\n\nPeople get this heart and head mixed up all the time. Your heart is your instinctive, sensing personality and your head is your rational, logical person.\n\n

Do What You Love

\nThe second thing that you must do on the path to self actualization is to: \"Do What You Love\".\n\nDoing what you love means working very hard ... something that you are already used to. But it means more than that, it means training yourself the way that world-class athletes do. \n\nThough you can do several things exceptionally very well, win this phase you will concentrate on a few disciplines and hone your ability in those. \n\nYou want to become so good in those disciplines, that your work in those areas will stand out in comparion to that of any other person in your chosen field.\n\nI don\'t feel like you are in-danger of anything but exceptional performance in anything that you choose to do, but for the benefit of our readers, I spell it out.\n\nA world-class athlete puts in hours into just training and honing their abilities. They understand that even through they may be exceptionally gifted, they cannot win a world-class medal (like at the Olympics) unless the are better than other equally gifted people.\n\nAnf get this, no world class athlete depends on their exceptional talent or giftedness ... instead they put themselves through the most rigorous, skill-advancing training that they can find so that they can live up to their potential.\n\nThe issue is not really whether you are gifted. The issue at stake is whether you will live up to your potential?\n\nI will advise that you read these two books:\n\n1.) Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell\n\n2.) Talent Code by Daniel Coyle\n\nAmongst other things, these two books point out that to become a world class player like the Beatles or Warren Buffett, you have to spend a minimum of 10,000 hours honing your skills.\n\n

Take Your Passion To the Market

\nStarting a blog and getting on Social Media is the starting point for taking your passion to market. \n\nThe next thing that you have to do with your passion or the work that you love is: \"Subscribe to the Publish or Perish\" mantra which you are already used to coming from the academia.\n\nThe main purpose of your blog is to create a market (if what you are passionate about requires a new market) or connect you with an existing market.\n\nYour market is the readers or subscribers of your blog and what you must do is to help them, talk to them, connect with them using your blog as the premier publishing or speaking platform.\n\nWithout sharing your passion with other people who love the topics that you care about, your passion dies with you ... which is the definition of being boxed in!\n\nStaring a blog does not mean that you must offer a service or sell a product. But having a blog means that you have decided to make your world a better place by serving others with your gifts.\n\nOne person that comes to mind in that regards is Jacob Nielsen, the world\'s numero uno Usability Expert!\n\nFor several years, he has been conducting researches on Usability and publishing his findings online. From those findings, he has written books and he conducts training seminars around the globe.\n\nYou can see that he is deeply passionate about his topic, extremely knowledgeable about his topic and publishes more than anyone else in that sphere ...\n\nDo the same my young friend and when you break into stardom ... don\'t stop telling people how I helped you :-)\n\nP.S. I am sending you a new ebook that is titled \"Discover Your Passion, Do What You Love, Take Your Passion To Market\".\n\nBest Wishes and Lots of Success in your Career