I just got back from my 4th Annual Deeper Weekend Conference, of my rebel CPA group, Thriveal CPA Network. As I sit here, freshly back from the conference, I am reflecting on the amazing time I had. I always come back more inspired and ready to implement something new I learned from one of our top notch speakers. Our fearless leader, Jason Blumer (pictured below) had the boldness to start this amazing group 7 years ago. He is someone that has created change in our profession, a true leader who leads from the heart. In this particular instance, I did not have to draw upon our Stanford speaker for inspo (though he was amazing as well!), I just had to go to Greenville, SC to this guy. As Jason spoke, he talked about the very dark & twisted (Grey’s Anatomy) path he had just been down the past 2 years, questioning himself as a leader. He talked about his emotional breakdown and how much he had beat himself up. I sat there in the audience wondering if we had parallel lives. I had the most difficult year, that led me to questioning myself in many areas of my life. See, Leadership is not just professional, it is personal as well. I felt that I failed as a mother and a business owner/CEO for many reasons. Reasons that I made up.
Jason spoke of the lessons he learned as a leader in these past 2 years from his breakdown, and I wanted to jump up and say ME TOO!!!
- What are You Hiding From? LEADERS DON’T HIDE FROM THINGS
- What Messy things are you avoiding by avoiding people? LEADERS MOVE CLOSER TO PEOPLE
- What inherent gifts are you fighting that people tell you that you have? LEADERS EMBRACE THEIR GIFTS
- What are you not forgiving yourself for? LEADERS DON’T BEAT THEMSELVES UP OVER THE PAST
One more thing I would add for myself: LEADERS LET GO OF THE THINGS THEY CANNOT CONTROL
I just wanted to hug him—to know that we were kindred souls who had gone through the same thing. I went up to him afterwards and decided to make a promise. My promise was to LEAD the way I was born to…. and to CHARGE ahead.