56. Drawing Career Wisdom from Personal Experience
Kalpana Murthy works as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Career Coach in her private practice Genuine Connection®, in Atlanta, Georgia. A therapist Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), she uses brain science-based approaches to help her clients achieve their goals by identifying and resolving root causes of present day problems.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Six years into a successful advertising and marketing career, Kalpana woke up one day burnt out from the stress of the job. Recognizing something had to change, she took stock of what gave her joy. Disciplined self-examination and study led her through “a creative process,” not a straight line. Undeterred, she zig-zagged into her chosen profession.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
There were two: at age 29 deciding to leave advertising, and in her 40s deciding to go back to school. Both involved listening to her heart instead of exclusively her brain. “That shift was a real struggle,” she recalls.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“Too many people get into a mindset that says, ‘I’m too old to make a radical change.’ I believe you have a psychological imperative to grow, and that your soul is going to push you to keep redefining yourself. It’s a choice between growth and comfortable, stable misery.”
On Her Bookshelf
Work With Passion, by Nancy Anderson
The Middle Passage, by James Hollis
The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron
What Should I Do With My Life?, by Po Bronson
The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron
The Dip, by Seth Godin
StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath
Top Tools on Her Browser
fullslate.com (online appointment scheduling system)
zenpencils.com (a cartoonist illustrates inspiring quotations
Connecting With Kalpana Murthy
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