Growing up, I always imagined my career would be an expression of my values, and something important for humanity. I was idealistic. I still am.
Early on, I discovered an interest in physics (I can be an abstract guy). I specialized in the field particle physics. By the end of college, I became disillusioned with physics as a career path. It seemed unlikely that the abstract theories I had studied could positively impact the lives of people. Instead of gaining clarity, it seemed that things were becoming ever more complicated and lacked real-world application.
Still idealistic, I decided to make a change.