The year was 1989. I was a senior in high school deliberating over what college I would attend. I remember quite vividly my dad walking through the front door delivering these words; “I’m not sure why you are going to college…..you will just end up working at McDonald’s anyway”.
It was 2016, 27 years later, when I realized the magnitude those few words had on the direction of my life.
Accounting came easy to me. Subconsciously driven by my dad’s words on that day in 1989, I put my head down, plowed through college and landed a job with Ernst & Young within 3 ½ years.
My career in the accounting world was successful but my passion for it was lacking. Motivated by money, security and fear of change, I didn’t even question changing my career until I discovered my true strengths and passions after taking the CliftonStrengths assessment. My eyes were opened for the first time to the possibility that I could be good at my job and have a passion for it!
It’s not easy deciding to leave a career that has been good to you for so long. After many conversations with mentors and after reading the following Mark Twain quote on an Instagram post:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do…”; I made the firm decision that I’d much rather push through fear and live a life of intention than one of regret.
Do what you love and the rest will follow!
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