I spent the better part of Monday browsing LinkedIn, and have thus read my fill of people’s CVs. It is always interesting to see how people define and describe what they do, and LinkedIn offers the full spectrum from yawn-boring, to flighty.
Look, I know it’s not easy. You have to summarise your life’s contribution to the world, in a couple of paragraphs. You start asking yourself if you have done anything that is meaningful. You start questioning your purpose. Then you start to exaggerate the importance of your life.
Of course, Vint Cerf does not have those problems. He has an honest and neat 15-word description of his life’s work:
“I am the co-inventor of the internet, its architecture and the core TCP/IP protocols.”
Now, try to beat that.