I had a love-hate relationship with working in Corporate for most of my 40 years career as engineer. That’s maybe why, after completing my Master’s degree in 1980, most of the time I worked as a consultant, either with consulting companies or freelance, interlaced with some corporate jobs.
However, in 2007, when things begun to get worst on the political arena in my country, affecting even my ability to work as a consultant, I left a corporate job I was enjoying, to join another one overseas and there is where this story begins.
Warning!! This article is longer than usual, but bear with me, there are some lessons I want to share with you.
After the novelty of a new country and a new job, I began to realize there was not too much room for creativity in the position. I got the opportunity to create and implement procedures and guidelines to improve company projects’ environmental performance. Not an easy task, when the newly arrived is telling her colleagues that what they’ve been doing is not right or at least isn’t the best way to do it.
The results proved I was right, as the permitting process became easier. But after the systems were in place, I was left only with the tedious work I didn’t enjoy and no more creative endeavours to run after.
Despite being very well paid and having what everybody calls success, I began to battle in the mornings to get out of bed, was grumpy and anxious although, I didn’t know why. As the feeling was unbearable, I began to search for answers, for a way out of that feeling that didn’t involve pills or medicines of any kind.
Thinking the problem was the routine work, for around 2 years I searched for job options that would bring back my joy and enthusiasm. At first, I tried what I was familiar with, aka, engineering stuff, so, I took more trainings on management systems and project management, just to realize I couldn’t see myself joyfully working on that.
Next, I went for something I love, like dancing, I trained as Zumba instructor, to discover that I love dancing but hate preparing choreographies, so that wasn’t the path either.
I then considered going back to be a Bach Flowers or Breath Work practitioner (I was trained on these therapies in the late 90s), but I felt they weren’t want I wanted to devote my time to.
I continued my search for options to solve my situation, but this time I asked for help and as you know, when you ask for help, help comes to you in the more exotic ways.
By chance, I became interested in trying with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), as a way to connect with myself and find my truth, so I made a comment to my daughter and she just told me that she knew an EFT practitioner, in town.
I met Jacob Meelard, a great EFT practitioner and coach. Working with him I discovered my passion is in helping others find meaning and joy in their life and I liked the structure of the coaching process. Therefore, I studied to become a Life Performance Coach, something I had already considered late in the 90s but couldn’t afford at that time.
I loved it from the beginning; loved how through questioning I could help the coachee gain clarity, find their truth, their desires, their beliefs, what they could do to move towards what they wanted to achieve.
I witnessed the changes in my clients, their aha moments during the sessions and I confirmed this was my ideal job, but wasn’t sure when I’ll take the leap from corporate hell to professional joy.
In January 2015, when the company announced they’ll reduce 30% their pay roll, I said, this is the sign I was waiting for, and I officially retired from my 40 years career as Engineer on June 16th, 2015, to become a Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author and I’m loving it.
How has it been so far
It hasn’t been easy, it took me a while to get again used to work on my own, after years in corporate.
I have also faced my limiting beliefs and fears, but they haven’t stopped me so far. They had slowed me down sometimes, but I use my internal and external resources to tackle them.
The sense of meaning, contribution and fulfilment I have when I see my clients’ changes, their joy, how they get empowered, it’s something I’ll not change for anything, it’s priceless.
I want to create a purposeful living movement and I keep moving towards my dream one step at a time, fuelled by mine and my clients’ accomplishments, knowing I can make this a better world, one person at a time
The lessons learnt
I have reinvented myself in so many ways throughout this process, not only as a professional but as a person. These are some of the lessons I’ve learnt:
- Creativity is one of my main values, now I know how important it’s for me to have room for daily creativity.
- Being unaware of my passions, made the process harder. Hence, I now encourage my clients to connect with their passions, as well as their talents and skills.
- The answer may not be in the obvious place, but when you ask for help, it comes to you.
- The best way of motivation to move forward despite the bumps in the way is the sense of meaning, contribution and fulfilment I have after each session.
- The demotivation and depression many successful people are experiencing these days, may be due to lack of passion, purpose and intention in their lives.
- There is a moment in your life when money is not a source of motivation anymore, as your needs have moved to a higher level within Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
This is my story, as I said on step 4 in my article 4 Ways to Find Joy in What You Do, the process might be a trial and error one, but it is worth the effort, I promise.
I hope my story inspires you to follow your heart and your passion.
Please let me know if you need some help on your journey from Corporate Hell to Professional Joy.
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