People – all the way

It dawned on me today that I have spent all of my working life in people-related roles and industries – that’s a full 25 years, working with people.

It started with an early career in sales – shoe sales to be precise. My first Saturday job, at age 15, was in a local shoe store. Little did I know then that I was actually destined for a greater career in sales down the track (not to mention a very expensive shoe habit).

I loved that job. It was always about the people for me. The other staff; the customers – when I was surrounded by like-minded people I was as happy as a pig in the proverbial.

University led me to study law and go on to practice in large commercial law firms for 5 years. Again, when I was in front of clients, or organising the next Friday night drinks with my mates, I was in seventh heaven. Give me a technical document to draft? Well that was another matter…

When I started crying on a Sunday night at the thought of going to work as a lawyer (no, you’re not the only one who has done that), I decided a radical career change was in order, and – to cut a long soul-searching, nerve-wracking story short – I moved into recruitment.

My successful 10 year career in that field saw me build some fabulous client relationships and help countless people realise their career dreams.

And my most recent career iteration – well its this. Helping women like you stop crying on a Sunday night and start leaping out of bed every work day instead.

I want you to be one of the rare people that can say “I love my work!” while you make great money doing it.

 A rare beast

During my career, hundreds, possibly even thousands of people have come through my life, all on their own career journey.  Of those thousands, without doubt the ones that have stuck in my memory (and are most definitely still in my network) are the rare people I have come across who genuinely love their work.

I say rare, because unfortunately that is the truth of the matter. While many people may love what their work gives them – financial reward, security, freedom, structure, and intellectual stimulation – not many of those same people could actually say they love what they do on a day-to-day basis.

 Say it as you mean it

I have been thinking about this fact a lot over the Christmas holidays. I have a young son who asks me every day I drop him at daycare why I am going back home to work, and why he can’t stay with me (let’s talk about mother guilt in another post!). For some time I have been responding to him saying that I have to work, because we need money to buy all his wonderful toys and do fun things together, and that people need me to help them with their jobs and careers.

That response always seemed to be met with suspicion. I am not convinced he ever really believed the rhetoric.

Since coming back from holiday I have changed my response. Now,  every day that I drop him, I tell him that I am going home to do work that I really love, that I am proud of, inspired by, and that makes a difference to the people who work with me. I tell him that I want him to grow up also doing work that he loves.

Now this isn’t Hollywood so there is no fairytale ending to my story. My son’s eyes don’t light up and glisten with tears as he hugs me and says “I’m so proud of you for changing the world Mummy” (he’s only 3 years old after all!).

But I can tell you that the difference in my own approach to my day is incredible. I leave the guilt at the gate, and I head home truly inspired to do the work I love.

 My personal mission

From crying every Sunday night to leaping out of bed ready to make my mark on the world – my journey to loving my work has taken many twists and turns. There have been doubts, mistakes and regrets. It has cost me a lot of money. It has taken a great deal of energy, time and emotional strength.

Would I do it all again? In a heartbeat.

My mission is to help as many people as possible create a business or career which allows them to genuinely say “I love my work!”.  

If you’d like to learn more about how you can take ownership of your career to allow you to create a career you love, be rewarded for what you do and take control of your future, you might want to join me for a LIVE and FREE workshop, where I’ll show you exactly how to do just that. Click here to find out more.