Episode 14: Following a Passion Led Career feat. Pat Gehant

Pat offers such vulnerable insight into her passion led career journey and what she has learned along the way. Reclaim your sovereignty over your career with knowledge, creativity and leave the fear of failure at the door. Golden rule of passion driven career- work hard in the current job with an eye towards the future and find the doors and open them. BTW she only applied for 2 jobs in her entire career…..everything else was networking, showcasing her skills and being tapped.

What a great conversation with Pat Gehant, competitive tennis player, grandmother, recently retired so she can now focus on her other passion projects.

 Join us to hear the conversation and learn about her:
·       Many talents including photography.
·       Journey out of the box was so important.
·       Career Principles: know yourself, learn new things, work collaboratively and future oriented focus on new opportunity.
·       Career as an IT Director without any certifications!
·       Gifts as a visionary, collaborator and networker.
·       Career decision based on her 4-year old daughter’s concerns.
·       Message: ‘I close the time and place for my shift to continue a passion focused life on my terms’.
·       Challenge to let go and actually retire to shift to other life passions.

 Pat offers such vulnerable insight into her passion led career journey and what she has learned along the way. Reclaim your sovereignty over your career with knowledge, creativity and leave the fear of failure at the door. Golden rule of passion driven career- work hard in the current job with an eye towards the future and find the doors and open them. BTW she only applied for 2 jobs in her entire career…..everything else was networking, showcasing her skills and being tapped. 

 The conversation is important, as so many shifts in the workforce, jobs and roles and responsibilities are evolving which is creating new jobs needing new skills.  Do you have a chance to create your next role?

 Recommendations from Pat:
·       Creative Confidence, Unleashing the creative potential within us, Tom, and David Kelly. We are taught in school to follow the syllabus and chase the grade. When we enter the workplace many times, we are stuck. “Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types." Tom and David Kelly, two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative.” This book will allow you to understand your creative side and that if you want more success you will have to shrug off more failure. An energizing read at any stage of your career. #1 Know yourself
·       Open, The Andre Agassi story, Autobiography. From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. This is a story that will captivate both tennis players as well as anyone interested in learning how one can overcome failure on such a public forum and become a beloved and humble citizen of the world. #1 Know yourself
·       A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy...Book by Sonia Purnell. In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. Why read this? Because this book reads like the best of Daniel Silva, John Le Carre, and other, only this is real…all of it! #3 – Work Collaboratively (I know a stretch, but an amazing women we never learned about in school. What a story!)
·       Unstoppable" Siggi B. Wilzig's Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend" by Joshia M. Greene. Unstoppable is the ultimate immigrant story and an epic David-and-Goliath adventure. While American teens were socializing in ice cream parlors, Siggi was suffering beatings by Nazi hoodlums for being a Jew and was soon deported along with his family to the darkest place the world has ever known: Auschwitz. The story of his perseverance and commitment to faith, family and country is a reminder of the good and the evil that can result from our lack of understanding. #4 – Future Oriented with focus on the new opportunities
·       Tournament de Pizza, (Formerly Tour de Pizza) at the Racquet Club of St. Pete that has a menu comprised of specialty 'zas, subs, salads and more with a full liquor bar with 3Daughters on tap., It is the home of the famous pizza diet and Kahwa Coffee! The restaurant is also known for owner Matt McClellan's belief that pizza is healthy food. It's the home of the "30-day pizza diet". Matt is an award-winning body builder who believes tennis is the best cardio workout to a full and healthy lifestyle. So, Matt is not just pizza, Tournament de Pizza is a lifestyle. Located at the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg 170 47th Avenue NE Saint Petersburg, FL 33703 727-898-5555 And tell Matt you heard about it on Shifting Inside Out Podcast!
 
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