507. Hire This Woman or Else!
At 25, Katherine had accomplished her career goal of working as an account executive at an advertising agency. She was a respected team member with all the perks of success—an office with windows, bonuses, free parking. But she was so miserable that she quit. She turned to a temp agency and was given a one-day assignment that opened the door to her current 22-year career.
Katherine Denton owns My Friend, Katherine, a service devoted to helping people meet their personal, professional, financial and relationship goals. Through organizing, coaching and counseling, Katherine has helped hundreds fulfill their goals and transform their lives. This year marks her 22nd anniversary of using her talents to do work that she loves.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“In my first ‘real job’, I started out as an account coordinator at an agency in Atlanta. I moved up quickly to become an account executive. It’s a very competitive field to get into. So, to stand out, I had designed my resume as a ransom note. I took the Want Ads for sales and marketing, and I picked out letters saying, ‘Hire this woman or she’s dead by midnight.’”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“The turning point came when I quit the job where I was miserable and started doing some intensive career counseling, taking all the various aptitude and personality tests, getting in touch with myself. If I hadn’t quit that job, and let myself try to be on my own—including my freelance writing business that failed—this never would have happened! Accepting what I thought would be a one-day temp assignment set me on a 22-year career. It’s been such a great career. I love what I do!”
The Most Powerful Lesson Learned?
“If you are stuck in a job you don’t like, remember that you can get out there and go find something different. Do not be held back by thinking you are a victim of your circumstances. You have the opportunity to rescue yourself when things aren’t going your way. But you cannot just sit there and not do anything. You have to get into action.”
Steps to Success from Katherine Denton
1. Trust your intuition. Only you know how to make you happy.
2. Self-reflection is crucial. It’s your guide to your happiness.
3. Focus more attention on what makes you happy than on money alone.
4. Get into action!
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