How to Transform Struggle into Career Success

Career Success Is a Journey

You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.

— Brene Brown

A few weeks ago, I was driving back to Colorado after visiting family in Ohio and decided to talk a side trip and walk down memory lane at my alma mater – Wittenberg University, a liberal arts college in Springfield, Ohio.

I was surprised to find out that the class of 2021 was graduating that same day! There were tables set up on the lawn, and a few soon-to-be graduates were walking around campus looking proud in their cap and gown. It was a beautiful day, a perfect day, for an outdoor graduation ceremony.

As I walked through the campus, I experienced a tidal wave of emotions as I remembered walking on the same paths, carrying a heavy backpack of books back in 1990.

Look at my success. I didn’t achieve it overnight. It has been the product of many years’ struggle, and every year, my times have shown gradual improvement.

— Mo Farah

I reflected on how much I struggled throughout my college years. I did not feel prepared for the challenges, and my future career success was nowhere in sight. I felt like I was trying to climb a mountain without shoes, proper clothing, and a map.  I lacked the life skills to cope with all the changes, from being on my own, juggling a demanding class schedule, and navigating brand-new social life.

I continued to stroll through campus, feeling the discomfort from the past and my younger self’s awkwardness, stress, and anxiety. I got flooded with the same emotions that I had felt 31 years ago.

I also felt the excitement I had for trying new things, discovering my interests, and meeting a diverse group of friends.

But the struggle was real, and to this day, I can go back to all the sensations in a heartbeat.

If I could go back and help support this young girl as she efforted through her college days, trying hard to fit in and not fail academically – I would have walked alongside her as she covered those paths.

I would have gently guided her by asking how she felt about herself and what was happening around her. I would have reassured her that she was intelligent, wise, and capable.

I would have let her know that she had a right to be there that she belonged. I would have talked to her about the challenges of adjusting to college life and given her tools to build the life skills she needed to excel.

I would have helped normalize her fears and uncertainty. I would have let her know that she wasn’t alone, that support was available and that she could lean into it whenever she needed to. 

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.

— Bernadette Devlin

It is clear why my career trajectory has brought me to a place to guide others along their path.

I provide holistic career coaching and counseling services to help students and professionals at all stages and levels of their career discover their unique gifts and purpose and use their strengths to create a life and career supporting their dreams.

Your journey may be hard at times, but you don’t need to struggle day-in-and-day-out with crippling anxiety, overwhelm, and fear.

You can develop both life and career skills to become the person you want to be.

You can learn to build a foundation from which to flourish.

You can be confident in yourself and your future.

It’s never too late to achieve career success.

Whether you are a new college student, recent graduate, or seasoned professional, you can learn how to reconnect with yourself, ignite your purpose and keep reaching your dreams.

To your career success!

Teena, CEO Claim the Lead