I was talking to a family member today, and they shared memories from when I was a toddler. Apparently, I was very comfortable going against the grain. I didn’t worry about what everyone else was doing. I would often be in my own world, consumed for hours by whatever intrigued me at the time. If I was interrupted then, I made it very clear that I wanted to be left alone. Even if it meant missing out on what everyone was doing.
Not being concerned about what others thought helped me pursue entrepreneurship when others close to me were pursuing more traditional paths. It also allowed me to tune out feedback from people who questioned my taking such a risky path. It’s interesting to hear that it’s a trait I’ve had since I was a young child.