One day it will all make sense.
I have heard and read those words many times, yet I never truly felt the weight of its impact until my mid-career transition.
I had two goals in high school; I would become an engineer and writer. Technically, I have accomplished those goals, and much more than I envisioned for myself.
I love storytelling; it is the one thing I always find myself completely at ease doing whether it’s in my professional or personal life.
I enjoy thinking critically as an engineer with attention to detail that I now recognize is an essential aspect of my writing style.
I am good enough to be who I am. I am not one dimensional. I am an Executive Leader, Advocate, Speaker, Creative Storyteller, Aerospace, and Industrial Engineer these are my truths that I can celebrate and continue to grow in.
I used to say that failure is not an option. Now I know overcoming failure is a part of my past, and it will come again in my future.
I cannot say I have the best career advice because each person has to discover and find an individual path that works.
However, here are my top five things I circle back and reflect upon when life presents its challenges.
1) Nothing compares to you- When I was growing up, my parents always told me to honor my uniqueness because if I constantly compare myself to another person, life would be hard for me. It is okay to admire someone’s accomplishments who is on a similar path as you are but don’t make it mandatory that you will achieve everything someone else has. Be confident in your uniqueness; it leads to the right opportunities for you.
2) Unpaved roads are less crowded and can be a beautiful scenic route- Earlier in my career, I had a strict plan and path I thought I should follow. I experienced a layoff and a year later termination after ninety days from another employer. I worked part-time and discovered a passion for informal education during my transition into the nonprofit sector. The road is definitely not a paved one, yet it has proven to be rewarding for me.
3) Listen more to not only to the desires of the heart but also your body when it wants to slow down. – I often cringe when I hear people say don’t sleep and push yourself above and beyond your limits. Seriously, take a break and relax you make more mistakes when you don’t.
4) Celebrate more and in every stage of the process- I remember being told by someone to keep a motivational box of your accomplishments. The idea is when you have low moments, you can refer back to the box and remember how much you have accomplished and grown for the better.
5) You need sponsors and mentors but don’t forget the friend you can just talk to about anything. – The height of your success is when people usually want to befriend you and takes your calls immediately. However, every successful person has moments of self-doubts in life and having someone to talk to about anything is refreshing.
Thank you for stopping by my website. I love telling stories that can empower you to think and take action in your own version of success. Hope to see you again.