This week has been such an up and down rollercoaster of emotion. Today I went from completely excited about the future to absolutely disappointed in employees and organizations to questioning what’s next. At 11:30pm, I sit here and think… Where do I start? What risks am I prepared to make? What is truly important?
Earlier today I told the CEO of a Human Capital consulting firm in the States [someone I don’t know anymore than the average stranger] that all I want to do is do what I love. So Gen Y of me eh? ;) I want to truly make a difference in organizations. I want to work with leaders to become better leaders. I want to mentor and support employees to become successful in both their current roles and career to come. I want to give back to both my profession and community.
It’s not about job security, a pension, or a benefits plan. If I’m doing what I love and feel that I’m being fairly compensated – none of that matters. All the time I get asked…
- How do you have time to mentor young women in business? Do you find it exhausting?
- Why do you do speaking engagements? Are you getting anything out of it?
- Do you really have time to volunteer with the HR Association’s mentoring committee? What is your role?
- Why do you tweet and promote jobs at WestJet? Are they paying you?
The answer: I am committed to my profession. I am of the belief that a true HR professional will work with people to be the best they can be. Define it as you wish, but to me it means setting youth up for success, providing people (whether internal employee or external applicant) with opportunities, supporting best practices, and making innovative progress on how HR is incorporated into business and bottom line.
I sat here tonight frustrated. I know there are people that think like me, but where are they?
What are you looking for in life? Is it a degree, a boyfriend, $50,000, and Wednesday wing nights?
No criticism to anyone else in this world, but none of that is me.
I dream big. I live my life thinking anything is possible.
For me, life is about so much more than an ok job, standard education, and hanging out with friends. My requirement is that health is always made a priority [learned that last year]. My goal is that I make a difference in the lives of my friends, family, the community, and my profession. My heart hopes that I work towards being an active citizen continually contributing to positive change.
Tonight I strolled the internet looking for inspiration. Yes, albeit my recent online finds that I sapped about yesterday, I needed something else. I needed to find confirmation that other people think like me.
Gary Vaynerchuck (one of the most engaging people I have ever had the opportunity to hear speak) asks the question:
“What do I want to do everyday for the rest of my life?”
- Whatever you want to do, make it happen.
- Care about everything and everyone.
- Find the balance between waiting for the next opportunity and finding opportunity.
- Transparency is what will get you ahead.
- Success is defined by happiness.
I am truly committed to the HR profession.
I am committed to doing HR differently and living life differently.
I want to change the way people think about both their careers and their role in society.
Years from now I don’t want to be the exception; I… sigh… want to be the norm.
Tonight I’ll be going to bed asking myself the following question…
What will it take for you to be happy?
My last little bit of GaryVee advice: Position yourself to succeed. Do what you love. And lastly hustle baby hustle. xo
[Insert transparency here > For too many reasons to count, the last two weeks have truly been hard. At the end of the day I know that life is about learning and everything happens for a reason. My heart goes out to the families of Greg Audley and Gerry Brookwell. With absolutely all my heart, may you both rest in peace.]