"Never check the boxes, focus on re-drawing the lines"
Abstract: Danish will tell us how he eventually got to pursuing what he was most excited about, rather than trying to fill various boxes. Engineering, IBM, McKinsey, MBA: all of them felt like steps that he was supposed to take. The challenge with this strategy was that, every time he checked a box, two more were added to his list. So, it was a never ending battle for Danish, and one that was inherently focused on proving himself to others, as opposed to truly doing what he was excited about. The longer he continued down that path, the harder it was to stop. It was only last year that, he finally admitted to himself that he is a technologist at heart, and that he will be mostly fulfilled solving problems, rather than helping others solve problems. He quit his job at McKinsey, and founded Zensurance, an insurance company for small businesses. Even though some people think he made an irrational decision, he has never been more excited about getting to work each day.
Bio: Danish Yusuf is a former leader in McKinsey’s Digital Insurance practice, supporting insurance clients globally on defining their digital strategy. Prior to McKinsey, Danish was a software architect and developer at IBM Canada, covering everything from JCL/PL1 to Java and web development. Danish earned a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from University of Toronto, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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