The Career Coach is In

Setting priorities and values

As I mentioned earlier, I am meeting amazing individuals while working here in South Africa. They are committed to their profession and to their homeland. One of these is a woman named Vera. Let me share a little about her.

Vera is a doting mother (of three children, ages 8, 6 and 2), a good wife and loving daughter. She also has a Master's degree in international law, works as a full-time democratic and governance advisor, is a member of the local school board and is an admitted "shopaholic." Every day, she and her husband come home for lunch to be with their children. In between, she exercises.

By the way, she lives in Zimbabwe, which doesn't exactly promote her kind of lifestyle.

I asked her what keeps her going. How does she live in a country where she feels like she is constantly being watched and listened to? And how does she lead such a well-balanced life?

Her response was simple. "This is who I am Marshall. I maintain my priorities, values and identity by being ME. If I run away from my country, what message does that send to my children?"

So what have I learned from my new friend Vera? Stay true to your passions, follow your heart, know what is really important to you and you can achieve whatever you want.

If you haven't met a Vera, I hope you have the privilege to do so someday.


Marshall Brown

 |  October 27, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Category:  Career Change , Career Exploration , Job Search , Work/Life Balance Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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