# y= ax+b Simplest Formula of Career and Life

I always enjoyed meeting university students or fresh graduates during their career days. I always made my time to be an interviewer for Microsoft University Hire program. And I always made sure that in my broad mentee list, there is at least one MACH/Aspire (new graduate employee program in Microsoft). For a very simple reason: Given their energy, perspectives, freshness and directness. I try to learn from them as much as I mentor them.

Last week, I was a guest speaker for career days of engineering undergrad and grad students of the university where I had my PhD. After a great session, during the Q&A, one of the students asked me how I can explain the career journey in the simplest way. Myself; being an engineer of origin, came up with the following idea.. which I keep reflecting on.

Career is like the simplest formula in math: y=ax+b. x, the independent variable is all the opportunities, chances, experiences, problems you will observe. y is the dependent variable; what you will make out of those x’s. You cannot control all of the x’s. But if you want to have good outcomes in your career (y), you need to own and control "a" and "b". That reminded me a statement which I use quite often in business: In business, no problem ever gets solved until someone makes the explicit decision to name it, own it and solve it… So what does that mean: You need to name and own your "a" and "b".