She thought I’d be bored. She tried telling me my workload would be the same every day. I suppose she wanted me to agree.
I didn’t yield from my passion for the job.
I had already met with the chief of staff and the deputy chief of staff. Meg was a project manager and part of the executive secretariat in the Governor’s economic development office. I knew the three of them would later talk about me before any recommendation to the Secretary himself.
“But it is not mundane, Meg!” I said during that 2004 interview. “This would be my first job in state government. There would be something different every day. I will schedule new appointments, I will meet new people, I will write new letters, I will interact with coworkers about new initiatives. It won’t be boring. It will be exciting!”
A few weeks later I was asked to meet with the Secretary. We talked about tech and the fledgling web more than the job itself. Camaraderie and mutual respect established, he offered me the job.
I’ve been thinking this week about that series of interviews. That state job set the stage for subsequent roles working in local government and as an elected city councilor. As I now campaign for State Rep, I am once again animated about the prospect of returning to Beacon Hill — as an elected representative. Similar to Meg asking me questions why I wanted the job, I am now answering questions from the people of this district. I am sharing my background and passions and explaining why I want the job.
The uncertainty of who I will meet every day, what people will say to me, how many angles of perspective I will hear — excites me.
Some people thrive in controlled systems and enjoy routine.
I prefer ending thoughts with trailing ellipses and picking things up later…