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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Adrien

Mastering It: Life after Graduation

Today, marks exactly two months since I graduated with my Masters. I still work in commercial real estate research for Moody's Analytics and things have remained pretty much the same... or have they? When I inform people that I now have a Master's in Leadership Development, I always get the same question, "What do you intend to do with that?"

And the answer is simple: lead. While I may not yet lead at the helm of a Fortune 500 company or be the CEO of a trendy, upcoming startup. I have the dignity and pride of leading my own life and making the world into my oyster.


Since graduating I have gone skydiving, hiked a mountain and gone ziplining. Now this is not my first time doing those things. I find it necessary to jump out of plane or gliding through a line in the forest not only because I find it relaxing, but it also reminds me of what life truly is... what I make of it.


Yes, you read that right. I find it relaxing. The reason I find it relaxing is because it forces me to focus on the present. The here and now. Nothing else matters. Just the present moment. To me, it makes life worth living.


Now, let me be honest, navigating the world as a Gen Z is not always a walk in the park. And there is nothing saying that it is supposed to be. Life is full of risks and opportunities. One thing I can say is that I am not afraid to take risks. Smart ones, those that are informed and well-calculated. I must emphasize that. And I am not one to turn my nose up at worthwhile opportunities. I must also emphasize that.


I must say that my fearlessness and determination to do daring things equips me with all I need to succeed. No excuses. I recognize that I have all the resources I need to really living in my purpose and pursue my calling in life. My degree in Leadership Development is a reflection of my desire for constant and consistence self-empowerment. I decided to pursue my Master's in that specific discipline because I felt that I needed it the most, to develop my leadership and public speaking skills. Now it's time to put it into practice.


Get ready. Stay tuned!




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