Founder & CEO, DotConnect
1. Who was your favourite teacher at school? What did you learn from that person?
I was fortunate enough to have had amazing teachers my whole life. My 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Rounce is one that stands out as one of my favorites. Mrs. Rounce was married to a commercial pilot who worked for FedEx. They lived all around the world. She would tell us stories about her life and I would imagine what it would be like to have a nomadic life and be a student of the world. She wore this gold necklace from the time she spent in Egypt, which she would describe as the best time of her life.
Mrs. Rounce would reward the top students in her class with special activities or experiences of their choice. I found her stories so fascinating that for a while, I had my heart set on becoming a pilot. The idea of being a modern day Amelia Earhardt was what I had my 6th grade heart set on.
I remember being “rewarded” for some academic achievement and I just “wanted to fly a plane”. As it turned out, Mrs. Rounce’s husband had a small plane, a piper cub. So there I was, in 6th grade, flying a plane with my teacher’s husband. I’ll never forget that day.
Even after I moved on from Elementary School, I did drop back in to see Mrs. Rounce. I was sad to hear that her husband was diagnosed with cancer and passed away after a short battle with the disease. I often think of her and have tried to find out where she is now, how she is doing, and would love nothing more than to tell her what an impact her and her husband have had on my life.
2. What seemed like an inconsequential decision at the time, but in hindsight turned out to fundamentally reshape your life?
Graduating high school early and getting a ‘real job’. I ditched the Pizza Place for a “corporate job”. I was hungry to learn anything I could and embark on adulting from a very young age. My neighbor worked for a corporate job, so I asked him if he needed an intern since I was done with school early. He took me up on my offer and I was the “marketing intern” for $10/hr. After a few months, his budget ran out. He sent me “down to HR” to see what (if anything) they could keep me doing. As luck would have it, the new VP of HR was building out an internal recruiting team. I met with a few people from the team and the rest was history. He cut me a deal, I had to be in the office every day, with the team, and I had to maintain my college courses at the same time. So that’s what I did!
Little did I know that my first recruiting job at the age of 17 would be what ended up being my profession.
3. What habit or behaviour or belief have you recently acquired? Why is it now in your life?
Journaling in the morning. Only last year, did I start my writing practice every morning. After I finished the altMBA, I felt inspired to write again, every day. My journaling practice is a way for me to ease into my day, clear my thoughts, and set intentions for the day. I find that actually writing down how I intend on feeling, allows for me to remind myself throughout the day when things start to go awry, to pause, check my intentions and get my shit back on track.
4. When was the last time you changed your mind about something really important? What was it and what led you to change your view?
Growth, change, evolution as it relates to your own personal journey. The more I grow, evolve, and learn about myself, the more I want to continue that path. I was always told, (I think most of us are told), that as adults, we just are the way we are. We can’t change, and whatever bad habits exist, cannot change. Recognizing my own growth this past year has changed my mind. Last summer, I completed Seth Godin’s altMBA and was forever changed. This one month learning experience with a cohort of 150 people around the world, left me feeling seen. For nearly 20 years, I believed I could not be changed and all the baggage I carried from my life, I just had to keep trudging through. That is absolutely not true. If you want to change, you can. If you’re willing to put in the work, and face the things you might have buried for a while, you can change. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t because you’re an adult.
“If you want to change, you can”