Late 2012, my manager called me in for an impromptu one-on-one. I figured that he was probably going to yell at me for not spending enough time programming or something. Instead, he wanted to talk with me about where I could take my career. He suggested I consider the idea of management as a natural use for my skills. I went home and wrote in my private journal about how they'd be crazy to make me a manager.
A year and a half later, I became the manager of a team of software engineers, after feeling out what the other options were.