I didn’t recognize me until now.
Before I was someone else, a person of significant success, but not the woman I wanted to be.
I was an executive with two Fortune 500 companies, managing entire regions in growth and development and exceeding all expectations but the ones I held in my heart and soul.
I made millions of dollars in sales and profits without realizing my true worth.
Something was missing in my mission to become me.
I had hunger, drive and ambition but not always courage.
I had perseverance but not always direction.
I had love from others but not always for myself.
I struggled, I overcame, and I conquered only to realize the path I found myself on was really no easier than the path I wanted.
The one I really had passion for.
A truer path where I could express my skills and my personal talents more creatively and bring my unique gifts to the world.
A path where I embraced the risk of being rejected in order to grow.
Instead I built a career anchored in security and practicality, sacrificing my creative and spiritual needs for far too long…as if somehow financial success and personal fulfillment were mutually exclusive.
I certainly don’t regret my life until now…that would be far from the truth. Unfortunately it was just far from myself.
Even with that distance though, my life until now has been good.
I’ve traveled the world, lived in a marvelous home, married a loving man, although our marriage certainly went off course for a time, raised an uber-terrific son and have the very best of friends.
I have much to show for the time I’ve spent, it’s just that I never really took the time to know me.
There is much more for me to give to the world and to myself that honors who I really am.
In my past business life, I loved my relationships with clients, the teams I managed and the interactions with colleagues. Those interactions and connections drove my success.
Other than financial reward, it is the people connections that always drove my purpose.
So, at the age of 56, I’ve decided to change the trajectory of my life.
I am no longer anchored in the safe.
I am now tethered to the bold sails of courage, growth, exploration and contribution. Helping others build their businesses while building my own, with great reward.
I am choosing to reinvent myself to live life on my terms with the financial freedom I desire while hoping to add tremendous value to others and the world around me.
This is me. The real me.
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT YOU? WHO ARE YOU?
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
– George Eliot