How to Find A Career Path That You Love

What You Will Learn In This Episode 

In this episode, Kristin Sherry reveals the four aspects needed to love your work. She uncovers the biggest challenge that employees and entrepreneurs face in being satisfied with their work. Kristin reveals the concrete steps we can take to move towards work that is in alignment with our values and our natural ability so we can not only love what we do but succeed at it.

What I loved About This Interview 

Kristin’s knowledge about what contributes to work satisfaction is incredible. Her insight into what keeps us from feeling content and excited about our work was incredible. I really appreciated her ability to assess how to increase our work satisfaction by ensuring the work we do matches with our values, what we are naturally gifted at, and avoids the work that drains us. 

I love that Kristin has a huge heart and willingness to serve. There were several times during our conversation that she just couldn’t help herself and went above and beyond with sharing her knowledge. I loved her wisdom around how to prioritize so she can juggle being with her family and her work. This interview was a lot of fun and I have to say, Kristin’s laugh is contagious!

Who is Kristin? 

Kristin Sherry is a three-time author, speaker, managing partner of YouMap LLC and creator of the YouMap® profile. Kristin certifies professionals in YouMap®, a holistic self-discovery tool that uncovers a person’s strengths, values, preferred skills, and interests. Formerly, Kristin was a Learning & Development leader for a Fortune 20 company where she led learning strategy and delivery and coached leaders and their teams. Her recent book, YouMap: Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show the World! launched November 8th, 2018 and released as a #1 Amazon category best-seller in the US, Canada, and the UK and was named to IndieReader’s Best Reviewed Books list in 2019. Kristin speaks at conferences globally and has been a featured career expert on Wharton Business Radio’s Career Talk.

Kristin’s Generous Gift 

Free downloads to assess and prioritize your values:

Bonus Wisdom

These are questions that I asked Kristin outside our interview. You are going to love her answers! 

What is 1 thing you believe every woman entrepreneur should know?

Make sure your work is aligned with your values. And believe in yourself. Entrepreneurship is hard and if you don’t believe in yourself, or it’s not where your passion and purpose lies, the hard work will feel much harder.

When is a time in your life when you went through a challenge or felt like giving up?

In 2018, I took on a lot. A TEDx audition, releasing a new book, pursuing a trademark and building two certification programs from scratch. I felt sick to my stomach, some days thinking I was going to fall on my face.

How did you overcome this?

I had to focus on one goal at a time. One day at a time, while keeping my vision in mind. If I allowed myself to think of my massive todo list it was simply overwhelming.

What did you learn from it?

I learned I am resilient and more capable than I gave myself credit for. And to perhaps be a bit more realistic, too.

What is the one area of life or business you are an expert in?

Assessments, strengths, and personality. Reading people. Understanding human behavior. Helping people discover what they do best. Their unique brilliance.

What is one thing you want to share about this that will make all the difference for women?

Knowing your strengths, values, preferred skills, and interests sets you up to maximize your potential. It’s hard to read the label when you’re inside the jar, so it’s important to do the work to mine for your brilliance the way we have to mine for diamonds.

What is one thing that you wish someone told you that you had to learn the hard way?

To vet people (through referral or research) before inviting them into my books or to collaborate on important projects. I get excited when I have chemistry with someone that I think is intelligent. And that really bit me in 2018 when I didn’t vet someone.

Please tell me about your family.

I have a wonderful husband, Xander, who is my soul mate. We have four kids who are 22 (Tristan) in July, 18 (Justin), 3 (Evelyn) end of June, and 6 (Kathryn) in August. Two girls and two boys. We live 30 minutes south of Charlotte, NC. We like going for walks, to Hilton Head Island, and to the mountains to unwind.

What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced with balancing work, family, and taking care of yourself?

I work a lot because my business is growing faster than I can keep up with at times. My kids probably feel like I’m not always present even though I’m always there because I work from home.

What did you learn from this challenge?

Not to be so hard on myself. My kids have a lot of support because my husband also works from home. They are more resilient than I give them credit for. I am learning how to integrate our time. For example, I’ll ask my daughter to color next to me while I’m working on my laptop and I’ll scratch her back and rub her head between emails! 

What helps you balance these roles now?

I try not to work on weekends anymore. If I do, it’s after the kids are in bed. And it’s only Sunday night. I reserve Friday and Saturday nights for dates with my husband, even if that’s a glass of wine in bed with our favorite show.

What is one resource that you love (a book, app, service)?

I love WhatsApp. It’s so easy to brainstorm and collaborate with others when I have a thought or idea to share in the moment.

If you have written books or have a blog, what are the titles and where can I find them?

2016 – Follow Your Star: Career Lessons I Learned from Mom
Synopsis: A career empowerment book for women based on the five success factors specifically for women, according to research

2017 – 5 Surprising Steps to Land the Job NOW
Synopsis: Job interview book

2019 – YouMap: Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show the World!
Synopsis: A book that uncovers your four pillars of career satisfaction: strengths, values, motivating skills and personality-based interests

 The book I’m currently writing, due to my publisher by Nov 1 is called, “Your Team Hates Mondays (Psst…It’s You)”

If you have written several books, which one is most relevant to women intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs?

YouMap and Follow Your Star

If you have written a book, would you recommend self-publishing or traditional publishing & why?

I’ve done both, and both have their merits. It’s just as much work to promote a book with a publisher. The benefit is the credibility it gives that a publisher picked up your book.

How to Connect with Kristin
Twitter: @YouMapCreator
Insta: @MyYouMap

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