“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I cannot stand still. Having moved across dozens of countries and industries, I want to continue discovering the world and not ever be bored or a marginal person.

Professionally, this means launching and running successful businesses in many exciting locations such as Vietnam, Australia, and Morocco; starting a global TV network that influences, entertains, and educates millions toward happier, nonviolent lives; and investing in the tourism infrastructure of my home country. I also dream of changing my career every five years, navigating through media, high tech, retail, manufacturing, and politics.

Personally, I aspire to live every day as if it were my last. I want to experience the joy of having five kids and helping them grow into decent individuals and inquisitive cosmopolitans. I want to spend many hours each day with my wife, going out, chatting, and playing badminton, as we love to do. I want to frequently interact with my HBS classmates and old friends, and not only by e-mail. I want to live every year in a new country, gaining insights into new cultures. I want to learn to speak fifteen languages (six more to go!). And I want to make sure I learn something new every day.

One more wish: I want to help find formulae to cure Parkinson's, cancer, and Hepatitis C.

— Val Mendeleev