I think of myself as a modern-day Abraham who smashes corporate idols to help the chronicly overworked find a more fulfilling life.
In my first incarnation, I was a scientist, getting a Ph.D. from MIT and doing my post doctoral work at Stanford, both in the field of molecular biology.
In my second incarnation, I was a marketer in the biotech industry. I brought to market the first products for genome wide association studies that changed the face of human genetics. I also got a front row seat to the personal cost of high achievement.
One day, I realized that my company, and not my family, was the highest priority in my life. My devotion to the company was a modern form of idolatry, and I needed to reconnect with my core values in order to change the priorities in my life.
So what do I call my third incarnation? Stay-at-home dad, consultant, writer all fit. The one I like the best is storyteller. I like to tell the stories of people as they struggle to live their values in the face of a competing value system from their corporate employer.
And on the personal front, I have been married for 15 years, and have two girls 9 and 12.