May 28, 2019
Today's episode is a perfect example
of how to be intentional in your career. So often we do what we
think we should be doing: working insane hours, building the
biggest business possible, trying (and often failing) to balance
life, etc. We go for the money or the title, even if that's not
what we really want. Dona Bumgarner bucked that trend and is
building the life, and career, that works for her and her
Of course, it wasn't always like
this. Dona started out in a position that many of us find ourselves
in- climbing the corporate ladder. She was working at Apple for
over 11 years and eventually landed herself in an upper management
job at the company before quitting to pursue graduate school. But
as she was starting school, she found out she was pregnant, which
changed her priorities. She decided to leave school after one
semester to become a full-time mom. Thankfully, she had saved up
enough money to have a little bit of wiggle room before deciding
what to do next, but not everything was smooth sailing.
During this time period, she found
herself struggling a bit when her life shifted from a conference
room to a changing table. While this struggle led her to try
multiple different careers, it ultimately helped her craft the
career she wanted with intention.
Through a coaching program, Dona
realized that her passion was in helping other moms who have lost
themselves in motherhood. She now works with other moms to
help them unearth their passions and step back into their fierce,
powerful selves, so they can live a life far bigger than just being
Mom. However, she intentionally has kept her practice small, only
working 10-15 hours a week, so that she can be the primary
caretaker of her young daughter.
Her decision to reject the pressure
to build the biggest business possible in order to have the balance
that she so deeply wants is inspiring and a great lesson for anyone
on their quitting journey.
Here is what we chat about in this episode:
- Why it's okay to explore and try out different paths until you
find the right fit.
- The importance of being intentional about how you want your
life to look and feel.
- How it's normal to experience Imposter's Syndrome.
- And so much more!
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