Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Time to Re-Invent Yourself by Corvet Williams

Do you need to reinvent yourself? What does reinventing yourself look like to you? What does it mean to you?

Reinventing yourself is defined as “to change the way that you behave or the things that you do
so that people think of you as a different kind of person.” As life happens, you may begin to feel

that what used to work no longer works or is just too hard to maintain. Everything from children, marriage, to physical change can take a toll on how well you used to do the things you used to do. So the idea of reinventing may not all the way be based on what you do but more so how you do it. For example, if playing sports used to be your thing but lately you have been physically challenged, a healthy change may be to become a coach or a personal trainer. Other examples may be needing more flexibility in your schedule. Now, what do you do? How do you ‘reinvent’ yourself?

I think it would be a good idea to write down all your skills, salary requirements, schedule availability, etc. Once you have that list, now it’s time to research industries and roles that match. If you don’t know where to start, consider Glassdoor, Linkedin and other career/job sites.

You can search by title and skills. From there you will discover companies you may not have been familiar with and the roles you didn’t know were a match. If you are moving to a new state,

these are also a great research tool since you can narrow your search by city and state. Not to mention, maybe reinventing yourself may involve starting a business or even becoming a consultant.

The result of this process may look a little something like this. Someone who is a well-seasoned sales person with excellent customer service experience, that needs a flexible schedule with no
cap on their earning potential may consider becoming a real estate agent. As a real estate agent, you are not required to work in an office from 9-5, you have to be able to work well with multiple
personalities (customer service), meet their needs to close a deal (sales experience) and you can earn as much as you choose and put in work (uncapped earning potential). This industry may never have crossed your mind but it just so happens to be a great match to your skills and new life requirements. Sure, you may be required to learn a few things you never knew before, but that’s the fun part! Does that make sense?

I truly hope this inspires your change. Get started today. Make the best of it!

Find out more about Corvet at Twitter: @CorVet

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Power in Uplifting the Next Generation by Dorinda Walker

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining The BOSS Network as the keynote speaker for its annual Boss On Campus High Tea event at Howard University. The students in the room were highly engaged and eager to be motivated by the women leaders who dedicated their time to share the life and career experiences that propelled them to success!

There was a dynamic panel that featured business and personal growth strategist, Yvette Gavin, savvy music executive, self-taught serial entrepreneur and business strategist, Kimberly Jones, certified dating coach and entrepreneur, Sharon Smith,  RN. Speaker, Author, Global Nurse Educator, Certified Life Coach, Priscilla Q. Williams, moderated by Cameka Smith, founder of The BOSS Network, which is named one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women, by   

The women reflected on how they transitioned what they learned in their traditional nine to five jobs into successful entrepreneurial careers. Their stories of struggle, strength, and triumph not only inspired the students, but they also had a profound impact of motivation for the adults in the room, including me as a new entrepreneur establishing my own business.   

After my keynote, I was approached by several students who shared their appreciation for my words of encouragement and transparency in sharing my journey.  There was one young woman, a college freshman who really encouraged me and touched my heart. She told me how inspiring my story was and gave me the biggest hug as she began to cry. She confided that her mom was a drug dealer, her siblings were homeless, and she has been struggling to change her life for the better.  She told me that I gave her the motivation she needed to stay focused.

She had a special aura about her, and I could feel that she was destined for greatness! I instinctively knew that she struggled with feelings of guilt for leaving her siblings to pursue her education in order to live a better life. Some of you may understand the burden of being “the one” in the family who succeeds, in spite of all the obstacles that life throws our way.  She will certainly have to pay the “Black Tax”, but hopefully her journey will inspire her siblings to follow her lead.

I encouraged her to stay strong and diligent in pursuing her dreams and assured her that God didn’t bring her this far to let her fail.  I gave her my personal contact information and told her to reach out to me anytime she needs encouragement or advice. It was at that moment that I knew my purpose for being in the room on that day. She inspired me to keep sharing my story! I had been contemplating doing less speaking about my book and personal story to focus on building my business. At that moment, I knew that wasn’t an option.

One of the greatest rewards of my career is the impact my work provides to the younger generations. There’s such power in sharing our experiences and life lessons. Ideally, it will help someone avoid the pitfalls that we’ve made along the way, but what I know for sure is that they will remember how you made them feel on that particular day!

I hope this blog inspires you to share your stories with the younger generation. I promise you, it will be a very rewarding experience!

Peace and blessings,

Dorinda Walker

To learn more about Dorinda Walker: 
Twitter: @DorindaWalker