I joined the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) straight out of university in 1997. My first boss complained that managing me was like trying to hold down a wild stallion. He advised me to reflect more and to please calm down.
He called me a wild stallion because I was difficult to manage. While I worked incredibly long hours, sometimes sleeping under my desk in the office while hustling to bring good jobs into Singapore, I did not take instruction well, choosing often to do things my way.