When My Career Collapsed My Dream Career Came True


If you would have talked to me a couple years ago I would have considered myself:

  • A hardworker

  • A go getter

  • Defined myself off of my successful career in tech and making 6 figures in my 20s

  • I always considered myself a positive person. Liked yoga and was kind of into meditation, but wouldn’t consider myself “super spiritual”. If you mentioned something about astrology or anything of this nature I would roll my eyes

  • Considered myself practical and that it lead to my success

I thought a career of climbing the corporate ladder was success. But when I saw that it didn’t matter how successful you were by whatever “measurements” a company held. That integrity and authenticity wasn’t always something that was recognized and could actually be perceived as a threat. People would rather do something safe even though it wasn’t best for the customers, employees and company because they would rather do something that they could perceivably “control.” That was “safe.”

That was when I hit my rock bottom.

After 7 years in a career I thought was going to be my life — I couldn’t see a way happily forward in this career path. The career path I had defined myself off of. God bless the people who “tormented” me because they became my saving grace to take my power back. I only send them the best. I do not share this to gossip or complain, but to show you that no matter where you are, or what situation you are in, you can overcome it.

There are two sides to every story and I’m sure they were acting in a way that they thought they were protecting themselves when in reality they were only hurting themselves. Acting from lack. Fear. Control. This is a whole nother story I could get into around the atmospheres many companies create. (Listen to my podcast with Erin Claire, Forbes featured Human Design reader, for more on this).

My awakening through this situation made me realize I had given my power and validation away to the matrix. To everything around me. I am very discerning with 5 planets in Capricorn, I don’t give my validation away to just anyone ;). But I gave it away to external measures of success. My mom raised me off of intrinsic motivation. There was no payment or gifts for good grades. It was for internal appreciation of self. But even when you are intrinsically motivated — there are still other ways you may be controlled that you’re blind to.

Life wanted to teach me that the only person I needed validation from was myself. After I overcame this situation. Stayed positive through the help of friends, co-workers and some angels in the form of new friends that came into my life — life started to shift my perspective. I got back to myself. Started doing things that filled me up. Had the best and most fun adventurous summer of my life. I started filling myself up. Allowing life to fill me up and not place it on accolades from a career or external sources. One of my close friends encouraged me to start a fashion blog because I had always loved fashion, but never pursued it because my upbringing showed me traditional success couldn’t come through this medium. That pursuing the arts was “silly”. You’d be “poor”. All of this lack mentality. Labels. Fear. Control.

I started my blog on the side and got so much joy that I stayed up late at night and on weekends to work on it. 6 months later this lead me to being connected to an iconic designer who saw the potential in me and offered me to manage and represent her. This was the universe giving me the green light to move forward and giving me encouragement to follow my heart. A couple months prior, I had my first astrology reading (this person came highly recommend by a group of people I trust) and found out from my astrologist I was going through this thing called a “Saturn return” where your life gets flipped upside down basically. It’s always for the better, but can be a hard time if you decide to fight it instead of see the beauty in the lessons it shares with us. I walked out of that astrology reading in a sense of wonder. This astrologist was also an intuitive medium. I had been to other perceived psychics for fun with friends and left with the feeling of vague words that didn’t fully resonate (As a side note- going to psychics isn’t something I recommend. Only go to people you highly research and can trust — as the co-creator of your life you only need people who empower you not determine your fate and create co-dependency). Anyways, back to the Astrology. In this session, she told me things only my closest family members could have known about my past. And things she told me about what I was going through and what I was going to go through that couldn’t have been told by anyone, but I felt in my gut the validity of what she was saying. The understanding and the acceptance for who I was. To stop trying to be like everyone else and to be myself.

The best thing you can do for yourself is let go of what everyone else is telling you. People give us advice from their heart, but it’s blocked by all of their life experiences. Ego. Limitations they have experienced. It is also shaded by what’s good for them. It’s rare that someone can give you unbiased advice with complete detachment of what could be good for you.

We’re all unique beings and when we can truly see this and respect it we can transcend all labels.

When we can see that we are all on unique and beautiful paths, then we can stop trying to be like each other and shine without a second thought. Roses all bloom without thoughts of shrinking or lessening themselves. Even if you are in a similar field to someone else, you will do it in a unique way that only YOU can do it. When we can stop competing, and start working together, we will all win.

Whether you believe in astrology or not- if you’re feeling lost and looking for some advice on how to get inspiration for a step to get back to yourself (career wise) you can look at your 10th house or mid-heaven which is what they call it in astrology. Do it for fun to get your creative juices flowing. You can go to cafeastrology.com and input your birth info to see your full chart. Google what your 10th house represents for career. My sun sign is Aquarius, but my Mid-heaven is Gemini which rules communication and partnerships. Partnership management was my specialty in tech and what got me to fashion. It’s what I can do now for my own business.

I started my podcast because I wanted to find a way to give back to anyone going through a perceived hard or dark time in their life. After what I had gone through I wanted everyone to know that nothing is holding you back.You can achieve whatever you want. And since the mind likes to see real life examples, I started to interview people from every field with all different backgrounds to show that we can all overcome the same things. That we all have the same “problems” or “perceived setbacks”, but when we set our mind on the fact that we ARE going to do something no matter what; then that is when we can get past all the things holding us back. I decided to start including people that could give us more tools to become more conscious humans in creating our reality. My podcast is called Reverie Vie: Create Your Reality — available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

I started to interview others to help us clear out the subconscious because the subconscious can hold us back.

The ego can hold us back. I learned from Shaman Durek the truth of the ego. The ego isn’t bad, but it is there to protect us. It waits for us to tell it what to do. If we say that life is hard, or that life is always this way. It will create all these scenarios to prove us right. We are the actor and director of our life. So if we want a different reality we need to start editing our thoughts and producing it in a different way. I learned about this through Dr. Joe Dispenza as well 4 years ago through his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, where he has done much research on the topic. But I found reading and learning about these topics — I now take them in on a completely different level than I did when I first read them. I find that even when something is profound, it has an even greater meaning when we go back to it later because we have grown to perceive it in a new way as well. Dr. Joe Dispenza started his journey first by healing himself. There is also an amazing documentary about this on Netflix called “Heal” which I highly recommend.

Back to the subconscious, 90% of our beliefs are solidified by the age of 7. So much of our beliefs of what we can do and what is possible is solidified at such a young age. This is all determined by our surroundings and society. No blame or shame on family or society because they are all a product of their history and so on. But you have the chance to break the cycle for yourself and others. To be an example — a beacon of light. We can all succeed. I hope my story brings light to this.

I’m doing this now through my podcast and helping other to shift their perspectives. The best messages I get are when people send me a note telling me that I have changed their thoughts and perspectives. Opened their mind to a new way. That I’ve made a positive impact on their life. To me that is the greatest gift.

I’m starting something this year to help you in a more profound way, so stay tuned. You can subscribe on my website reverievie.com so you’re kept up to date when this releases.

Sending everyone so much love on your journey whatever stage you are in. If you’re at a tough point right now- it’s life pushing you to take the next step to receive what you’ve been asking for. Life will continue to push us because it only wants the best for us. Know that you are the light and getting back to what lights you up is the key to self discovery. For inspiration, look at your midheaven in astrology whether you believe in astrology or not. Not because this is the only thing you can do in your life, but it can spark ideas for you. Start doing things for fun. Think of 6 impossible things before breakfast like Shaman Durek told me which he got from Alice and Wonderland. I created a pdf sharing How to Change Your Career in 5 Easy Steps. You get this when you subscribe to my newsletter. But really, all you have to do is start. Stay curious and open. Think about what you would do all day long, but think no one would pay you for. Think about something that everyone in your life always comes to you for.

Sending everyone love. Comment and let me know a profound change you’ve gone through in your life.

Share this article if you feel called to or think it could help someone in your life.

Xo Jess

Reflecting on 2018

2018 taught me sometimes you need to go backwards to go forward.

I like to spend the new year reflecting back on the year. The ups and downs. Everything I’m grateful for. You don’t need a new year to start over. But it’s symbolic and allows for a collective change. 
Things I learned in 2018.

  • How to let go. Someone wise shared with me the saying “Trust and the net will catch you”, which helped me make a choice in a difficult time.

  • Let life surpris you- I never knew I would end my year in Paris. But sometimes life has a different plan for you that’s better than you could have imagined.

  • That friends can be angels in your life.

  • That a location can teach you so much- moving to LA I have met so many people that share my same passions and have opened my mind up to greater things. So happy for everything I have learned and excited for what the new year will bring.

  • Everything this year hasn’t been easy. Things moved slower than I had hoped many times. It can be hard as a planner and a go getter. But it allowed me to go back and learn some lessons I still needed to learn, and reflect on things I needed.

2018 taught me that sometimes you have to go backwards to move forward. What lesson are you grateful for that 2018 taught you?

Why The Tech Industry Isn't What You Think

Ever wonder what a career in the Tech Industry really looks like? Many don't know these roles that exist, or have stereotypes around who these roles are made for. We talk about some of the barriers to entry, and how we can overcome these. I dig in deep with the CEO of the National SSE, Yvette Edwards, who also happens to be my mom. You'll see how she inspires me, and a tribute to my grandparents (her parents) who risked it all to escape communism. Twice.

Here it all in our Podcast Episode Here. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wear-to-work/id1435407968?mt=2#episodeGuid=Buzzsprout-883142

If you enjoy it, please rate and review. Also, share with anyone that you think may benefit from this episode. We do this to expand the options of roles available to all. Start a dialog for change. Would love to hear what you think.

xx Jess

My Mom’s Parents - My Grandparents

My Mom’s Parents - My Grandparents

Yvette Edwards and Jess Lynn (Mom and Me)

Yvette Edwards and Jess Lynn (Mom and Me)

WCW - Lifestyle and Business Coach Jessica Estrada

Jessica Estrada

Jessica Estrada

This week we are featuring Lifestyle and Business Coach Jessica Estrada!

Jessica helps businesses take themselves to the next level. She’s a boss babe who shares with us how she started her own business and paved her own way as an entrepreneur. Thanks Jessica for sharing your story with us!

How did you decide to start your own business? What did you do before?

It kind of started by accident! I had just graduated college with my BA in journalism and I was working at a non-profit agency as a coach for adults with developmental disabilities. More than anything, I wanted to work in the editorial world, but I just wasn’t having any luck finding a job in the field. So I started freelance writing on the side and one client led to another and another and before I knew it, I had a full-time writing business. That was five years ago and I’ve never looked back. During that journey, I became really passionate about helping women create freedom-filled lives and businesses that they love and that’s what inspired me to get certified as a life coach and start my coaching business. 

What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the life and business I’ve created for myself. I LOVE what I do and still can’t believe I get paid to do it. Like, seriously, I pinch myself every day. I remember a time when this vision felt absolutely impossible and so far-fetched but it’s here now and I’m living it. Whatever you want to do IS possible and now I’m on a mission to help other women create their own dream life and biz. And I’m really proud of the journey itself. There is so much beauty in it. There are highs and lows, for sure. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth it. 

What is the biggest lesson you've learned in running your own business?

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that success is all about your mindset. You can take all the action steps, but in order to really manifest the success your heart is craving, you also need to be doing the inner work too. It’s about raising your self-worth and really stepping into your power as a woman and as an entrepreneur. The inner work is so vital and that’s why I dive really deeply into it with my clients. That’s what creates the transformational experience and the big results. 

What does fashion look like for you in your career?

I work from home so my every day fashion might be different from those that work a 9 to 5. When I first started working from home, I really enjoyed working in my pajamas—It felt luxurious. But, after some time of doing that, I realized that what I was wearing was affecting my mood and my productivity. So now, even though I still work from home, I make an effort to dress up a little more. I put on makeup and wear actual clothes instead of pajamas and it has a been a big game-changer. I get more done and I show up more confidently in my business even if no one actually sees me. 

What are your opinions on fashion in the workplace - does it matter to you?

Yes, it absolutely does matter. I started my career as a fashion writer and editor so style is something that’s really important to me. I think fashion is not about what designer you're wearing or what trendy piece you just snapped up. It’s more about how you present yourself to the world. What you wear says a lot about you and how you value yourself. Plus, when you’re wearing a bomb outfit, you feel like you can do anything. 

What are your goals for the future?

I’m always working on growing and expanding myself and my business. I have really big goals, but I also love that when you have your own business, it can really be whatever you want it to be. I love how expansive and free it feels. I love knowing that I can follow my intuition and do whatever I feel called to do at that moment in time. Right now, for example, I’m launching an exclusive 1:1 manifestation coaching program, which is totally different from the business coaching, but it’s something that I’m really excited and passionate about. Not knowing what exactly I’ll be working on a year from now or five years from now is pretty freaking exciting. 

Any links for people to reach out to you if they are looking to get in touch?

Yes! If you’re looking for life or business coaching, you can find me on my site at jessicaestrada.net or follow me on Instagram at @jessestradaxo.

WCW - Style Book App Creator Jess Atkins

Hi Fashion and Career Trailblazers,

I decided to create a weekly feature - Reverie Vie’s Women Crush Wednesday! This is in addition to our Wear To Work Podcast. WCW will feature women paving the way in their fields. Our first feature is Jess Atkins, creator of the Stylebook App. Excited for you guys to learn about her and her journey for any that have similar aspirations. Leave Jess any questions in the comments, and show her some love online.

Also, if you would like to be featured or know someone who you think others would love to learn about - hashtag #reverieviewcw and let us know why!

Tell us about you! 

Jess Atkins, Stylebook App Creator

Jess Atkins, Stylebook App Creator

I’ve always loved fashion - and magazines in particular. While studying photography at NYU, I interned in the fashion closets at Vogue and Modern Bride. After I graduated, I started my first job as the Art Assistant at Lucky Magazine. All of those jobs played a huge role in my love for organization and clothes. Working in publishing was an eye-opening experience because I got to see and touch a huge selection of garments - from the inexpensive all the way up to Alexander McQueen couture. It gave me a new appreciation for getting dressed every day and made me want to improve my own style. This wound up being a major source of inspiration for the app when I came up with the idea. I liked seeing all of the clothes cataloged for the magazine’s records and thought, “Wow, this would be so useful if it was digitized!"

Why did you decide to start Stylebook? How did you get the idea?

I’m now married to my co-founder Bill, but at the time Stylebook started, we were dating and the app was just one of our goofy weekend projects. We didn’t think anyone would buy it or would even get the concept. He is a computer programmer and wanted to create an app for the brand-new App Store. It was very unusual that Apple basically opened the store up to anyone who was willing to create and publish software. He had the idea to make a personal finance app, but I wanted to create a closet management app. I was inspired by my time interning in fashion closets. 

Who is your target market?

Anyone who wants to develop their personal style and save money on clothes. The app’s main goal is help you get more use out the clothes you own and help you remember the great outfits you already have. Every once in a while, I feel like I hate all my clothes, but then I browse my outfits in the app and I’m reminded of a fantastic outfit I wore a few weeks ago. 

How long you’ve been in business?

We’ve been in business since 2009, so we’re approaching 10 years! I’m so grateful to all of our customers for allowing us to have such a fun and unusual job. 

What’s the future for Stylebook?

We have dozens of ideas for new features that are either being worked on or are waiting for development. We are very serious about quality control and take our time creating anything new since we want it to work well. Plus, as the app grows it gets trickier to squeeze in new stuff without the interface becoming very confusing. 

What are some of the best use cases for the app or stories from your users?

There are tons of different reasons customers use Stylebook so it’s difficult to pinpoint the best use case, but my favorite use case for Stylebook is using the app to remember what you wore in the past.

Once a customer told me Stylebook has become a sort of diary for them and I love that idea. It reminds me of the fantastic book “Worn Stories” by Emily Spivack that has essays by people recounting the memories attached to certain clothes. Some customers have been using the app for years and they’ve tracked their wardrobe almost every single day. 



Looking to create your own personal style, but too busy for it? I created a free resource guide to get your style on track asap! Sign up here to get the guide straight to your inbox.

xx Jess

7 Resources That Changed My Life

A lot of us – me included - sometimes talk about how social media is such a deluded place. But I have to say how grateful I am to it. It is a place that has allowed me to find liked minded, but more importantly mind expanders that led me to truths I knew in my heart, but didn’t see talked about in real life. 

We have a choice to choose what we consume. It can either grow us or destroy us.

I used to be rooted in the mind when I was young.  I thought being practical and realistic was smart when I later learned it is only limiting. 

The world is rooted in logic and the mind. But we’ve seen in today’s world what logic can create. How it can twist words, lead with fear instead of the heart. Do things that we know to be wrong. In the book 1984, we see how “big brother” could brainwash them to believe 2+2=5. What is fear leading us to believe today?

Instead, why not listen to the heart, the body. We really do know best. If something feels wrong - it is. I’ve seen it in the work place. We see it everyday life. If the mind could create the holocaust and locking children in camps today, then what else can the mind tell itself it is just and right. Even when the we have learned clearly and been taught in history how our country has wronged people with the Japanese Internment camps during WWII - our administration still thought this was a viable solution based on judgements by the mind. Completely illogical things are done because it’s the way it’s always been done. When we treat others how we want to be treated, but also go beyond that to realized we need to treat others how THEY want to be treated. Accept that others may want to be treated a different way than us. Empathize that everyone is different 

Everyone has different viewpoints which is beautiful. I’m not saying I know everything either. It took me a while to be open and learn for myself because we all grow up with certain biases. I consider myself an open minded person. To not only understand, but accept that we are all able to have different points of view. Even if we don’t personally understand it we can respect it – the caveat being that as long as it doesn’t harm someone else.

I decided it’s irresponsible and selfish for me not share what has helped me and maybe could help someone else. I understand some people want to keep social media fluffy because it’s an escape. I respect that. But I personally feel if we don’t talk about things that matter, then what’s the point? 

This leads me to share the below resources that not only help you to understand yourself better (as we sometimes lose ourselves), but others. I truly think learning to understand others and respect our differences (and not take it as a personal offense) is the way to healing and evolving.  

7 Resources That Changed My Life

  1. Economics and Psychology Minor in College

  2. Myers Briggs Test - Personality test to learn about yourself and others

  3. Deepak Chopra - Learning Meditation

  4. Oprah and her Super Soul Sunday Interviews

  5. Astrology Reading – Never cared for astrology. But after having very “logical friends” talk to me about astrology as a whole - not talking daily horoscopes as those don’t fit everyone. And finally having an astrology chart reading by a renowned professional that changed my life - I decided why shouldn’t the planets affect us when we come from the same place they were made? When the moon affects the water and we are 80% water. Why wouldn’t the other planets affect us as well? The astrologist mentioned I was a projector in Human Design which lead me to next topic…

  6. Human Design - Ultimately understanding Human Design was the key to everything for me. It opened up the world and my understanding of myself. Why certain things had worked, and why trying to be like others hadn’t worked for me. It gave me SO much clarity and peace. It’s understanding your human design and energy type and how to best interact in the world for success. My life has made so much more sense. Learning our energy type and who we are in this world is priceless. Luckily moving to LA I found an amazing Human Design reader Jenna Zoe. https://www.jennazoe.com

  7. Lacy’s Free and Native Manifestations - This was the last piece that I learned through an in person podcast recording. Lacy talks about how if we don’t clean up our subconscious - no matter what our waking intetnions are - we may continue to have patterns in our life. Lacy’s course helps you to dig deep and remove any blocks or self limiting beliefs you didn’t know were there. Or you did, but you didn’t realize how much it was affecting you and your daily life and what you believe is possible for you to achieve.

    Learning this also shows how we impact each other SO much. Espeically growing up. How we can harm each other with our words and actions. Even minor things that may not seem like anything to us can have an affect on others. It’s learning responsilbity for this. Not self hatred, but forgiveness to ourselves and others so we’re all free to move on, but learn from the past. When we undertand how others have hurt us, even when it isn’t there intention – we can learn that our actions can have the same effect on others. https://www.freeandnative.com

5 Podcasts Related to the Subjects Above

For entrepreneurs or those looking for mind expanding business advice

For entrepreneurs or those looking for mind expanding business advice

Wear To Work Podcast. I created this to showcase women succeeding in nontraditional roles while also discussing fashion in the workplace. Discussing fashion in general is important to me not only because it is an interest of mine, but because it used as such a factor for judgement in society today by all.

Wear To Work Podcast. I created this to showcase women succeeding in nontraditional roles while also discussing fashion in the workplace. Discussing fashion in general is important to me not only because it is an interest of mine, but because it used as such a factor for judgement in society today by all.

Let me know your thoughts on what has helped you. And if you know your human design - share your energy type below.

If you want to discuss more join the Wear to Work private facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/weartoworkpodcastprivategroup/

xx Jess

This is the Number 1 Sign You Need to Leave Your Job Now

I was 28 years old and working in tech. I had skyrocketing up the ladder putting my life into my work. It wasn’t an easy feat as most of my peers were in their 40s and had worked their life to get to this same point in their career. It was at this point in my life when I realized I couldn’t see this as my future anymore.

I don’t mean any disrespect as everyone has a different timeline in life. Everyone has different priorities in life. For some, it is a steady job for their family or flexibility to live their own life. When I started in the corporate world I had an amazing mentor who was a VP at the company. He believed in young achievers. He had children himself and many daughters, so he was a big advocate of mentoring young talent. He wasn’t stuck in his old ways. Would call and ask for opinions. As a 22 year old out of college I thought I had no opinions to offer. I was shy and grateful to have a job at a great company. I had some internship experience, but I didn’t think I had thoughts of value yet to offer a VP. But luckily, he did see what I couldn’t see in myself. When we spoke he would ask me my opinions. He would ask about different strategies I may have learned in school or case studies I may have read. I learned that I did have something to offer. I had a unique point of view that wasn’t tainted by process or groupthink.

It was starting off in this way that made me realize I had ideas of value. As I grew farther in my career though, I realized some companies don’t want your ideas. Some bosses want you to follow protocol and process. They don’t want to hear your ideas about how to improve or how you could make the company more money. A lot of leaders say to come with solutions which I agree with 100%. But the dirty secret is huge corporations move slowly. Some leaders don’t want to have to communicate a solution to other departments. It’s why you find so much apathy. This was the hardest part for me. I am a person of action. Let’s talk, figure out the root cause and fix it. Instead I started to see only blaming. That it was “that organizations problem.” “That organization is the one that is doing it wrong.” We are all on the same ship though, and if there is a hole on one end…. We are all going down. The lack of integrity culture made me realize it wasn’t isolated. I grew to see it more as the company went through many acquisitions and changes. Many of my colleagues and managers were terrified of innovation or change. They would rather stick to what made them feel “safe” which was status quo.

There was no safe space for failure.

Making no safe space for failure is the number 1 indicator it’s time to leave. If you are looking for innovation, this isn’t the right company for you. Today, many companies have broken cultures. It’s the ones that are solving for this that are growing and will continue to grow.

I understand for many corporations it’s about scale. But I see increased “processes” in corporations lead to mediocrity. I don’t mean when it comes to things like finance and accounting, or best practices. But for skills that thrive on creativity and new approaches. For example roles like sales, partnerships, communication, and marketing to name a few. If some people can do something better and faster using their own method you should let them. Don’t stifle innovation. Luckily, I had some leaders that didn’t stifle innovation. The greatest influence though was my mom. My mom encouraged my innovation from a young age and always treated my thoughts with respect.

I had a wake up call at 28 that I was doing this for all the wrong reasons. I was making great money, but I wasn’t happy anymore. I used to love my job, but a bad culture at a company had left me feeling jaded. I can’t say I blame the company alone though, because there are many things wrong with the industry as a whole. My role was to increase revenue and build growth year over year, which I achieved. I wanted to help and improve the company as a whole, but the system didn’t want to listen. I had to stop and ask myself:” Why am I working so hard for a company that doesn’t appreciate it?” “Why am I doing something that I’m not even sure I love?”

I had always been in love with the arts from a young age. I’m one of the weird people that has even left brain and right brain. I always loved fashion. I was on a competitive dance team in high school. I loved to always create and think outside of the box. This is when I realized I had started to change myself too much to be who a company wanted me to be. In an increasing older, male dominated company, they didn’t understand me as a young female. If a company doesn’t celebrate unique differences and you lose yourself. It’s time to stop and think. Nothing is worth losing who you are. I know many females deal with this in corporations today. We’re told we must act a certain way. Be more assertive. But if you are, you’re called Bossy. Too ambitious. What’s wrong with empathy? What’s wrong with humble leadership if it results in increased revenues and sales? Instead it’s time our culture as a whole realized there is innate value in different traits. Teams that are more diverse (via gender and culture) wind up making the company more money. Since corporate profits are on the line, I say this is a global issue. Every company should start asking themselves, is our old way of thinking holding us back?

Everything in my life had to happen how it did for me to get to this point in my life. I had to learn the skills I learned in Tech to allow me to then transition to Fashion. I now have the experience of working with Fortune 500 companies in the tech industry. I know how to grow partnerships. Life lesson are priceless if we pay attention. If you’re graduating college and reading this, my wish is that you learn from my experience. If you’re well into your career now, my greatest wish for you is to realize it is never too late. Now is the time in your life when you can make a change. If you’re in a company whose culture doesn’t value differences. Whose culture doesn’t have a supportive atmosphere for failure. Then these are the key signs that this company isn’t innovating. It’s burying the problems and is not learning to fail fast, so it can get on to succeeding. Wishing you all the best in your journeys and would love to hear your personal stories.

If you found this article helpful, or you think it could help someone else – please feel free to share.

I recently did an Ask Me Anything on Changing Your Career. Below are some of the questions I received and answers I gave.

You can check out the full AMA here.

But here are some snippets..

When looking for a new career path, what is the most important thing to be taken into consideration?


Hi Mitch,

Great question. It’s asking yourself what is the most important to you. Is it doing somethign you love, making a certain salary, having flexbility in work? For me it was doing somethign that I was passionate about, and being able to use my skills to go off on my own. What is most important is going to be different to everyone. Making a list of what matters most would be the first step. Then starting to find careers that fit into what hits your top list.
What is the best advice you can give someone that is considering changing careers?

Thanks for your question. I would say to start to look at why you want to leave your current career. Make a list of what your ideal role would be. Then start by finding roles that fit your list. Enlist your network in helping you out once you find out what it is that you want to do. You never know who may have access to careers, experience or contacts that may be of interest. A lot can be your extended network or friends of friends  that may be able to connect you with someone who can help to you to transition.

How hard was it for you to start again from zero? What would you have done differently?


Hi Ena,

Thanks for your questions. It wasn’t as hard as most people would think. I dont believe you ever start at zero. Any expereince you have an one career can be applied and transfered to a different industry. I believe it’s taking what you know and using that to slowly transition into your next career.
What age is too late for one to change careers?


Great question.

It’s never too late! That’s the number 1 thing I’d love to share with everyone. Throughout history people have changed careers late in life. Martha Stewart was a wall street trader and wrote her first book in her 40’s which then lead to her domestic success. Vera Wang became a fashion designer in her 40s. Charles Darwin was 50 years old before he published his findings that made him famous today. I believe all skills transfer. It’s about passion, drive, and believing in yourself to take the chance. Much success!

Did you ever fear that you won’t be successful in your new career?


Of course. There are always fears and risk. I was told if it doesn’t scare you, then you shouldn’t do it. Use discomfort as your radar. You have to get uncomfrotable to get comfortable again. Your tolerance expands overtime and success becomes more rewarding. Success isn’t absent of failure, but it is not giving up in the face of it. Everyone is going to fail, but it is the ones who don’t give up and keep going that ultimately succeed.

Is it uncommon for people in their 20’s to change careers?


I think may people may change jobs, but not careers. In most cases, when people have invested in a career ( like tech, engineering, marketing, etc.) that they have spent time, effort and money in – they feel that they cannot change. Anytime people invest- they feel the cost of change means they lost out on everything they invested in. There is a term in economics called “sunk cost” that describes this. We can use the example of standing in line at a grocery store, say there is a long line that you have been waiting in it. But then another line seems to be going faster- you could either hop lines and go next or you could continue to wait in your line even though it is going slower. Even though you have been waiting in line, it’s best to hop over to the shorter line. But in life people get scared about wasted time. I dont believe there is a such thing as wasted time and effort because I believe all skills transfer.

How to Get Into Fashion – Chicago Fashion Designer Gives Us His Point of View


Kelvin, Chicago Fashion Designer, discusses how Chicago differs from other fashion markets. How he got into the fashion industry, his advice for designers just starting out, and how he designs for different body types!

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