How I went from the brink of burnout to helping thousands of professionals love their career.
Long before I gave a TEDx talk or delivered training to world class companies, I was a green-as-grass, first-generation college grad with huge dreams.
My first break was being "discovered" on a college project and recruited to travel around Virginia giving a keynote talk to thousands of state employees.
Cool job huh? Here's how I blew it.
Helplessly naive about how to communicate my experience and what I could do, I never once mentioned it.
A few years and mistakes later, I scored my "dream job" working overseas at the headquarters of a blue chip company.
Flying all over the globe doing this "big time" job, I was flying by the seat of my pants, too. Scared to death of making a misstep.
Life was exciting as it was out of my control.
Working crazy hours, traveling the world and banking unused vacation...
Flash forward 10 years...
Plagued by a chronic case of "What's taking so long?"
I thought doubling down on my work would make it all come together.
If I'm honest, it became my way of hiding a bigger problem
As is turns out hard work isn't the magic ingredient to success. You can work hard and not get very far at all.
What's the deal? Did I miss a memo? Skip that day at school?
The brutal truth is I saw a lot of smart, hard working folks doing work and raising the profiles of executives who seemed to be enjoying chronic case of being in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time. To be honest, I don't know if they were happy or just resigned to it,
The realization: long hours, hard work were bringing a massive case of burnout.
Enough was enough. I hadn't signed up for indentured servitude.
I took a stand with one SHOCKING move...
I left my job and took a year-long sabbatical.
Friends were skeptical. Family questioned. Eyes rolled.
Over that year, I went to trainings with the top high-performance coaches in the world, took courses that had nothing to do with my "career" and let instincts and intuition guide me. I learned a lot. For example...
You probably were never taught the indispensable elements of success
A few month's into this journey, a close family member called and asked, "When are you going to get a job?!"
"I've got a plan." I said.
They weren't convinced.
I was shaken, "What if I was wrong?"
That was the year I cracked the code. All that was left to put it to the test a in "real life."
At my sabbatical's end, in the middle of one of the worst economic downturns in history, I landed a job with a mind-blowing salary and benefits.
Finally! I discovered the key to open doors I'd been trying to get through for years!
Waiting. Because you can make more money, but you can't make more time.
In a nutshell, I learned this truth...
There is no justice, only power
If you don't know how to manage your career to gain strategic advantage, you can easily waste years. Most people do.
Starting your next job knowing you've made a strategically good business arrangement for you, your family and your career.
Feeling zero anxiety about losing your job. You're not trapped or living in fear of "losing" your job because you know the secrets and the actual steps to get a job without being taken advantage of or exploited, i.e. being underpaid or user-employed.
Instead of thinking "There are no jobs like that." You know where to go and what to do to find the best situation for you personally, professionally and financially.
Not walking on eggshells, worrying about saying or doing the wrong thing in your career or job hunt. You know what you're doing.
It's possible. And I never would have believed it.
It's 100% learnable
In 2012, I founded my company to teach job seekers and professionals what really works to free you to manage your career like a profitable business and do the work you want to do and feel good about doing it.
We are committed to:
Offering honest answers to hard career questions for professionals like you who value your freedom as much as professional success.
Providing experience-proven tactics empowering you to navigate with confidence, even over sometimes treacherous career terrain.
Supporting you with timely information, helping you get what you want from your career and protect yourself from being exploited.
You're in the right place.
We aren't for everyone
We respect that everyone has different beliefs. If you believe...
You have an obligation to "pay" your dues", even when no one tells you how much or for how long
Your boss should manage your career and will tell you when you're "ready."
You need to be in your cubicle every day of the week.
They'll make up for under-paying you "later" (since you're so loyal and all.)
Two weeks of vacation is plenty!
If that's you, no worries. Our tactics and methods are probably not going to be a fit.
However, if freedom and career satisfaction sound good to you ... welcome inside. I'm thrilled you're here!
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