I found a link yesterday to an interview I had with author Karen Putz. During the interview, Karen asked me what advice I would give a deaf or hard of hearing person who was looking for a career like mine. At the time, I was just starting my digital marketing company, Synergetic Business Solutions (SBS), and was fresh out of my MBA program.
The best advice I can give a deaf/HH person who is looking for a career like mine is to reach out to someone who has ‘been there, done that.’ I wish I did this because I would have learned more about marketing before getting into the space. I feel as if I went into my MBA without much experience and really could have used a true mentor in the space. While I am happy where I am today, I believe I may have done things differently that could have advanced me further in my career.
Looking at the answer I gave, I found it quite intriguing I seemed to believe having a mentor was the be-all and end-all to success.
As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. If I could write a letter to my younger self, I would share it is more important to have faith that everything will work out and things happen for a reason. Even though I’m still only several years into my career, I’m no longer ‘wet behind the ears.’ I learned it is important to simply trust the process.
But what does it really mean to trust the process?
I believe the answer to this question is quite complex, yet so simple. It is the ability to have faith that there are circumstances of life that will unfold in the way it will, and you’re simply along for the ride. One cannot control the unknown, but shall embrace the process wholly and completely.
Since the time of my interview with Karen, much has happened. I lost my father and grandmother, two of the most important people in my life.
Through my difficult losses, I gained clarity and a better understanding that things do happen for a reason. I strongly believe it weren’t for my father and grandmother, I would never have moved back to Chicago from Rochester, NY. I likely would not have met many wonderful people during my journey in growing SBS, as well as finding the opportunity to work as an account executive with Communication Service for the Deaf.
While I miss my father and grandmother dearly, I’m grateful I’m able to trust the process and that I’m in it for the ‘ride of my life!’