Tara Joyce – Finding Your Professional Purpose [episode 4]
Meet Our Featured Guest on Express Success Radio
Our featured guest is Tara Joyce.
Last year, her blog called “Rise of the Innerpreneur” was recognized by Forbes as one of the “100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs” and she recently completed her first book.
As a Communication Designer, Tara supports business owners in strategizing, designing, and developing their business based upon their values.
During her career in corporate marketing, Tara discovered that she was climbing a professional ladder that she “didn’t want to get to the top of”. She knew early on that working for others would mean committing her time and energy to realizing their goals instead of her own. Tara had to answer the question “Why am I climbing this ladder that, when I get to the top, I’ll want to throw myself off ?”
Finding herself stuck working with a high-tech start up company that was rapidly losing ground, Tara realized that she could use the situation as a jumping-off point to starting her own business. She saw her own pattern of behavior; returning each day to a job that didn’t serve her to the point where she awoke each morning with a stomach ache. Ultimately, she made the decision to STOP doing what she’d always done and gave her employer a month notice… leaving her just 30 days to figure out her path ahead.
The Action Steps
1. Get quiet. Take a close look at what’s not working in your career or life and ask yourself, what would you like to experience instead. Listen to faint messages within your own mind, body and soul about what you truly want and who you are.
2. Explore how the shift to what you desire could be made by a change in thoughts or actions. Take baby steps in figuring out HOW you’re going to do WHAT you’re choosing to do with your life. Be very incremental and, if need be, adapt your existing skills to your new path in order to support yourself financially.
3. Choose to believe that, through action, you CAN bring about the changes you seek. Continue learning and taking action while being exceedingly patient with your progress. Tara loves the quote “Overnight success takes 5-10 years.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson