“I’m short-tempered with my husband and kids, have no energy, and no time for myself. I hate my job which means I feel unhappy at work most of the time. Sounds glorious, doesn’t it?” I was talking to a woman who knew she needed something in her life to change but had no idea what that was or where to start. At this point, the only thing she was certain of was that living her life this way for much longer wasn’t a possibility.
“Wouldn’t it be cool if we could help other women find their purpose?” My team and I were in the middle of one of our brainstorming sessions and trying to determine our focus for the business over the next year. In trying to understand exactly what our community needed from us, it was clear that women were struggling to figure out what career they wanted.
“This is scary how spot on this is,” I remember thinking not too long ago. I had just joined a business mastermind and one of the first onboarding items was to take the 16Personalities test. At first, I was annoyed at having to spend a few minutes on what I thought would be a waste of time. Then, the results showed up in my inbox.
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to find my purpose. Now, I’m working hard to help other women find theirs. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview four women who have also gone through the process of finding themselves. Check out the stories of how each one is pursuing her purpose (and the sometimes rocky road that got her there).
If you’re like so many working women you’ve spent significant time and energy climbing your way up the career ladder; putting your heart and soul into every job you’ve had. Maybe you listened as mentors, college professors, and family equated money to success and cautioned you to stay in your career lane. So you continued to (nicely) claw your way into higher-paying roles with more responsibility.