Alba Gomez was working as an engineer for 14 years until she had a moment of clarity and realised it was time to quit her job to pursue her passion. Read how she made her transition out of corporate and her success and branding tips for aspiring women entrepreneurs.
LT: What were you doing before you started your own business?
AG: I worked as an engineer for 14 years. Even from the beginning I realised it wasn’t my passion but I stuck to it because I was in a country (Colombia) where you go to university and go to work and that’s it. I had two sisters who were engineers as well and I did what I was supposed to. I changed jobs two times; I had good salaries and positions. It had a good side to it.
When I moved to Australia I realised the mentality is different, people were more open-minded and I saw people doing what they wanted to do. I saw people taking risks and women owning businesses and I got inspired and thought maybe I could do what I am passionate about.
LT: What process did you go through to quit your job? (more…)
Find out how I overcame my fear of riding a scooter with the help of a great coach, and the learnings that help you experience the magic on the other side of fear.
People often tell me how courageous I am. I suppose it’s because I do things that a small percentage of the population does, like making the leap into entrepreneurship, moving countries and getting up in front of groups.
But of course that doesn’t mean that I don’t have fear and I’m not your big risk-taking type. There are lots of die-hard, bold entrepreneurs out there who love adventure sports and how they are in their business is an extension of that. Then there are scaredy cats like me who talk themselves out of taking risks until one day something clicks and they go for it.
When I worked in corporate, the word ‘love’ didn’t come up too much. It was synonymous with singing ‘kumbaya’. When you get stuck in your head and in the doing of business, sometimes you can get disconnected from your heart and individuals and relationships can suffer as a result. See how love is emerging in business and how to get your heart back in your work.
I was recently on a retreat in Byron Bay, Australia that got me thinking about love and how important it is for me to bring more heart into my life and my work. That has been a big motivator for me to create a business and is what I am here to help others do as well.
I have worked for leadership firms and corporates who did fantastic personal and team development work with leaders, which included how to be more authentic, purposeful and connected in the workplace. Interestingly though, there was still some taboo about the ‘L’ word.
If you are thinking about leaving corporate or planning a career change, your head can get really busy and it can be hard to know whether to trust your heart.
When I was travelling in France over Christmas, I got thinking about when I was living in Paris in my early 20s and I was faced with the dilemma of whether to trust my heart or my head.
I had what every graduate dreamed of in a time where graduate jobs were scarce – a signed contract with a deferred start date on a grad training scheme with a top FMCG company. Then I read Anita Roddick’s ‘Business as Unusual’ (highly recommended) and was inspired by her passionate and ethical approach to business – and uninspired by the job I was due to return to London for.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs.
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