CHAPTER 18

Advice from a Serial Life Reinventor: An Interview with Nilofer Merchant

by Sarah Green Carmichael

Most of us have some crazy dream living inside of us—start a company, write a book, move to Bali. Any of the above. All of the above. Maybe your dream is so crazy you haven’t told anyone about it. Or maybe it’s the thing you talk about every time you’ve had a bad day at the office. But what would it be like to actually chase down that dream? I wanted to know. So I called former CEO and regular HBR contributor Nilofer Merchant.

Last year, Merchant fulfilled a dream when she packed up everything—her house, husband, and kid—and moved to Paris, where she planned to stay for at least a year, maybe more. It’s not the first time she’s radically ...

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