I remember the moment I decided to pursue my own career path.
I was at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai wearing a fluffy white bathrobe over my pajamas and had just hung up the phone after a tough 5.30 am conference call.
I thumbed through my to-do’s and notes from my week long India trip and burst into tears at the thought of how I was going to get everything done in the short 12 hours that lay ahead before my flight home to Hong Kong.
Whilst I was surrounded by beauty, luxury and comfort, I wasn’t happy. In fact I was miserable and felt awful for not being more grateful for the opportunity to work at a prestigious Fortune 500 company.
It was in that moment that I really stopped to ask myself…
“Is this a life I want to live?”
“Is this really career worth building?”
“What I am I working so hard towards?”
I’d completed my Masters degree, worked the long hours, said yes to more responsibility and continued to challenge and grow BUT I wasn’t feeling the sense of fulfillment and meaning that I was craving.
This was my wake-up moment.
We all have moments like this in our life. Moments where we stop and question what we’re doing and what we’re doing it all for.
For some reason on this trip, I really listened to my heart and I made a decision to take action.
For others a wake-up call can be a health scare, being laid off, a family crisis or moving country.
On the grand scheme of things, my wake-up call moment wasn’t too major and looking back now, I’m glad I listened when I did.
Sadly for others, it can be an even bigger event….
This week I want to share with you an interview with an inspiring young woman, Sharon Kim, who had a really big wake up call in her early twenties.
After graduating from Santa Clara University, Sharon quickly moved up the ranks as a Marketing Assistant to Marketing Manager at a start-up in the Silicon Valley. Throughout her journey she felt like something was missing yet dove head first into making the most out of her job.
Less than a year into her promising career, Sharon’s mum was diagnosed with Cancer.
This was a huge wake-up call moment for Sharon and after hearing the news, her life and career took a huge turn.
Sharon went from California back to Hawaii to look after her mum and in this interview Sharon shares her personal journey and lessons learned from following her heart and pursuing her own calling.
Sadly, Sharon’s mum passed away less than a year after being diagnosed. Yet Sharon has been able to turn her pain from this tragedy into something truly remarkable and is choosing to dedicate her life and career to something more meaningful both to herself and others.
Sharon is the founder of CanPlan – a one of a kind planner specifically designed for cancer patients and their caregivers. CanPlan is designed to empower and inspire cancer patients and caregivers to take control of their situation and make more informed choices on treatment options and genuinely guide people to find their own answers so that they aren’t alone.
It’s the tool Sharon wished that she had when she was supporting her mum in her own battle with Cancer.
Sharon is definitely wiser than her 25 years and I invite you to check out the interview to learn her lessons learned from her whole experience.
What I love about Sharon’s personal story and also CanPlan itself is that she’s taken matters into her own hands and has chosen to do something positive with her journey. Not just for herself – but for others too. Sharon lives and breathes her values and it clearly shows in our interview.
Sharon shares her top lessons learned from her whole experience and we both want you to listen now before you have a painful wake-up call moment for yourself. You can avoid that pain by taking action on your dreams today.
After Sharon’s mother passed away she was stuck in a bad place, wondering what she was meant to do with her life.
The obvious choice would have been to go back to her previous life and rebuild from where she left off.
But Sharon listenedto her gut because she felt she had a bigger calling and knew she wanted to do something more meaningful in her life.
I really admire Sharon for taking this whole experience with her mum’s diagnosis to build a business and tool to really support others going through the Cancer journey.
Sharon’s top lesson from the interview:
“Life is short. We are lucky to have the opportunity to live another day. We spend so much time worrying about the past and wondering what’s going to happen in the future that we don’t stop to appreciate what’s happening right now. You can’t change anything about the past and you don’t have control over the future so why not focus on right now, which is a moment that you can change? When you start to live life in the moment, you experience things that you normally wouldn’t. When you leave this earth, who’s really going to remember or even care about what job you had, what kind of car you drove or how much money you made. Every material possession you think is significant now isn’t something that will follow you to your grave. Everything beautiful and memorable about a person has to do with the inside. You live a pretty good darn life if you are able to touch someone’s life in one way or another. Even a handful of people. Knowing you made a difference will bring more value to your life than you could imagine.”
Action Step: Realization
Ask yourself and decide:
- Are you living the life you want to live?
- Is this the best that you can be?Could you be kinder, more compassionate?
Breathe and in and out. Be still. Decide.
In the comments below, let me know:
What’s your biggest takeaway from the interview?
How about you….
Are you going through cancer? Do you know of someone going through Cancer?
Please support Sharon and CanPlan by checking out her Kickstarter campaign and backing her project.
Sharon’s mission is to:
- Empower people to share their cancer story
- Change the way patients/caregivers fight cancer by guiding them through the various stages of cancer
- Promote self healing by helping patients bring out their inner doctor
- Encourage a happier, healthier lifestyle with positive thinking & natural therapies
- Motivate patients to be the expert about their illness
- Strengthen the relationship between patient and doctor so they can act as a team in achieving treatment goals
Let’s support her in her mission to empower others to take control of their own personal journey of recovery from cancer.
Support Sharon and her Kickstarter campaign HERE.
With love and gratitude,
P.S. Sharon and I would be super grateful if would spread the love and share the her Kickstarter Campaign with anyone you know of. Let’s help Sharon reach her investment goal so that she can fund CanPlan and get her planner into the hands of more people who need support on their journey to recovery. Most of us have been touched by someone with Cancer and the more people who are empowered with a tool to support them in their journey to recovery, the better. Please forward this email to any friends, family, colleagues, loved ones who would be interested in CanPlan.