Jackie Yerby, Policy Director
Though successful in her career in Public Policy, Jackie sought out to find a role that made her feel fulfilled, regardless of others' expectations.
on this episode
Not only do we all want to be successful, we all want to FEEL successful. Often, that means getting a job that other people regard as important or prestigious…even if the job actually makes us miserable. It’s one more way we allow the expectations of others, the unwritten rules, trap us in a role that isn’t a fit. On the podcast today, Jackie Yerby discusses her distinguished career in public policy and how she escaped from the prestige trap.
What you’ll learn
- Why a role that’s ideal for others may not be ideal for you.
- How to not let others’ expectations keep you in a role that isn’t right for you.
- Why it’s important to figure out what is your own concept of success.
I see much better now how my five Clifton strengths tied together and the ones that I had felt were really not that much of a big deal, I can see better how they are innovative to me as a person and to my strengths and where they come from. And that was a kind of a new thing. What I love is new situations and learning, and I actually actively look for opportunities to push myself out of my comfort zone. So, and if I look back at past roles, I would tend to have to go back to go to the land and to run a major program that had been failing. And I didn't know a lot of the nitty gritty, the detail of all the different projects, but I had the organizational skills, I wanted to learn about the different projects. I wasn't fazed by the fact that I didn't know any of that detail. So I had the challenge of learning and the environment initially and also the challenge of language as I learn to. And that satisfied my learning.
I greatly appreciate your help in bringing this along because I wouldn't have had the confidence to negotiate and to be where I am today without without the help of a lot of other people. You played a really significant role in it. I'm not going to be that everyday person that hates my job, I'm going to stretch and I'm going to aspire to be better and I'm not going to make that everyday salary. Thank you Scott for putting this out there for for all the people that are trying to do a little bit better and trying to go a little bit farther. This is this is awesome i love this. This the thing that you do the whole HTYC thing you know from the from the paperwork you know all the way down to the podcast and just helping people understand that there is success out there and it and it is attainable but you've got to work for it.
Getting clear on what I wanted helped me to recognize how perfect this opportunity was when it came along and the choice to switch was a no-brainer. Thanks for doing the work you do!
I stumbled across HTYC through an article and it gave me hope again. After a Strengths Finder review session with your career coach and the Figure Out What Fits course, I've finally admitted to myself what I really want to do, what I really want out of life, and have made a decision.
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