What is your WHY?
Updated: Feb 17
I've gone from personal trainer to the SVP of HR a very short amount of time.
I have had high highs, and low lows.
And in those moments of lows, where I have failed... where I didn't get the job I wanted... where I felt STUCK - I go back to my WHY.
My WHY - WHY I do what I do, what gets me moving in the mornings, and going to bed content, is that I love to help people.
That hasn't always been something that I could easily identify. When I was in college, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. So I gravitated to nursing. Why? Because I wanted to help people.
I quickly learned I didn't love blood and guts, and met with my college mentor who asked me insightful questions about what I found enjoyable, what I loved, and what I hated. She introduced me to the concept of "Health Education" which still had that healthcare field, but not the bodily fluids. And this is where the universe intercepted my actions. In one of my college courses, we had a guest speaker who was a Personal Trainer. They were looking for people passionate about helping others and were willing to train us to become personal trainers! I jumped at the idea! I thought "How cool is this job? I get to make my own schedule. I get to help people. I get to be MOVING!"
I took the chance. I applied. And I landed the job. And I got to help people every day.
I did personal training for years throughout college, and that role translated into my Corporate Wellness Career that I held for almost 8 years. It was gratifying and rewarding. I was helping people meet their health, wellness, and fitness goals every day!
But then it got boring. It got stagnant. I wasn't growing. I wasn't being challenged.
So whats next? How can I keep helping people when I'm not helping myself?
So I started Navigating my Next career move. I didn't know what was next, but started looking for growth opportunities. I took a Project Management Course and earned my PMP. I took an HR course and earned my SHRM. And through those two courses, I learned that I could help people, and help organizations! So I leveled up. I went after hundreds of both HR and Project Management jobs. And after so many rejections, I finally landed an HR ROLE! (And I've been doing HR ever since.)
The rest is history. I could go on and on about each career move I made, but that isn't the point of today's post. Today's post is about finding that WHY. If you stay true to your convictions, and your values - and you know what your WHY is - you can pivot your career- you can grow- and you can stay true to your passions.
So I ask you - what is your WHY?