Getting Started

I’ll never forget the day my boss yelled at me so much that I literally started crying. I had been working in event planning for five years.

Things went pretty well at first. But a few years in, I found myself struggling to do the same tasks over and over again.

I was just trying to hang on a little longer.

But then. One day, my boss called me into his office to tell me that he didn’t think I was doing my job right.

I was shocked.

I asked a bunch of questions to understand what he meant, but he couldn’t answer them. And the next thing I knew, he was yelling at me.

I had never cried at work before, especially in front of my boss. But that day, I totally lost it. It was the final straw for me in a job that I knew wasn’t quite right.

Even though I was good at my job, I was completely bored. I had been thinking about changing jobs for about two years but had kept putting it off, coming up with things to do instead.

This was my breaking point.

When I left my boss’s office that day, I knew something had to change. But I remember feeling so overwhelmed because I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

I didn’t feel qualified for anything else. I felt like I was failing, that I was completely lost and totally alone.

If you’re here then you probably feel the same way. You know you need a change, but you’re not sure what you want to do.

To make it worse, there’s no clearly defined process for finding work that’s fulfilling. I know. I graduated college with two degrees, but had no idea where to find jobs for my majors.

I went from working in education as a preschool teacher, to event planning, and then into marketing. Even after I got an amazing promotion, I still felt miserable and couldn’t figure out why.

I thought I had done everything right. But then I realized that everything I had been told about being successful was just flat out wrong.

It doesn’t matter if you go to college, get a big house or make a ton of money.

What’s most important is that you spend your time doing what matters to you.

While that all sounds great, in reality, it can be hard to figure out.  

How do you know what matters to you?

And how do you find work that reflects those values?

That’s why I’ve made this course.

I’ve been on this journey to finding meaningful work for almost 20 years now. I’ve done the research, conducted dozens of interviews, and experimented with my own career path.

I’ve taken everything I’ve learned and designed a roadmap to help you discover your strengths and values so that you can find work that aligns who you are with what you do.

Remember when I was sitting in that office, crying in front of my boss?

I wasn’t breaking down just because my boss was being unreasonable I was deeply frustrated because I hated my job. To make it worse, I didn’t know why.

Why was I miserable in a job I once enjoyed?

What I didn’t know at the time was that my work did not fit my strengths. This is such a common mistake and I want to help you avoid it. This course is designed to give you what I wish I had eight years ago.

It’s not going to give you a magic formula for finding a perfect job… that doesn’t exist. But it will empower you to identify your strengths and values so that you can find work that fits you.

My goal is for you to walk away from this course confident in who you are and capable of finding good potential jobs for yourself. 

My goal is for you to become proactive instead of reactive.

My goal is for you to never get stuck in your career again.

I know it’s scary to take this risk.

Maybe you’re worried about what your friends and family will think.

Maybe you’re a little scared that all the work you’ve done up until now will be wasted.

Maybe you’re afraid it won’t be worth it.

But you know what? Nothing will change if you don’t take this step.

You will continue to feel frustrated and overwhelmed. You will keep spinning your wheels. You won’t see anything change.

At the end of the day, I had to take action. I had to decide to leave that job. No one could do it for me. Here’s the thing: it gets better when you decide to make it better.  

Now, let’s go through some practical tips for taking this course… I have three quick things.

First, I recommend that you print out the workbook connected to this course and write your answers to the exercises by hand.

You’ll make stronger connections and remember things better if you write them down.

Not just that, but you will thank yourself later when you have all of your thoughts and ideas in one place.

You will be able to track your progress and see how far you’ve come.   

Second, this course is designed for you to complete at a pace that works for you.

I recommend going through it in 3 to 5 days. Don’t stop, even if you’re not sure about some of the exercises.

You can always go through it a second time if you need to and spend more time the parts that really stand out to you.

Finally, I highly recommend giving yourself some breathing room this next week or so.

Go for a hike without your phone.

Commute without a podcast.

Read a book instead of checking email before you go to sleep.

A little boredom and silence will work wonders for your brain.

Here’s why: your brain is OVERLOADED with stimuli. It can’t make connections unless it has space and time.

So it’s essential that you slow down, sign off and give your brain space to breathe.

Give it space to make those important connections so that you get the most out of the material.

In closing, I want to share one of my favorite quotes from Jeff Goins. It comes from his book, The Art of Work, which is all about finding your calling.  He says: 

“The risk of not committing is greater than the cost of making the wrong choice. Because when you fail, you learn. But what happens when you don’t commit, when you choose not to act? Well, nothing. When you pause without intent, when you stall due to fear, you don’t learn a thing. Each wrong choice grows your character and strengthens your resilience, readying you for what comes next. Failure is a friend dressed up like an enemy.”

Thank you so much for being here today. My name is Emily Perron and I look forward to guiding you through the next lesson.