“If you tie your self worth to your career, the successes and failures you experience will directly affect your self-worth.”

Anne Wilson (professor of psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University)

When I considered a career transition out of the HR profession, I initially feared that once I was no longer in a role as an HR Business Partner as I had been for so many years, that I would be lost without direction and not know who I was anymore.

This idea, that my identity was directly tied to my job in HR, made me feel like if I were to leave my role or start over and make a change, that I would no longer be valued by myself or anyone else. 

A pivotal moment for me…

was when I realized that I had developed the critical skills and capabilities to be a successful HR professional, but that was not my identity.

Whether or not I was employed with the title of HR Business Partner, I was still the same person that had all of the experiences that had led to the growth and development of my skills.

I would continue to build meaningful connections with people by leading with curiosity and empathy. Active listening and clear communication would always be strategies I would utilize to solve problems in whatever role I found myself in.

This awareness of who I am as a person and the experiences that I have had that have gotten me to this point in my career help me see how I contribute and add value to people and organizations in other capacities.

In this way, I continue to work toward changing my pattern of thinking.

Instead of deriving my self worth from my current career/title/role, I find it more helpful to focus on my achievements, experiences, and skills developed that have brought me this far.

These are the critical parts of me that I will never leave behind.

~ Kristin

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Kristin Simon

I love being a coach and find fulfillment in empowering people to make decisions that will bring them closer to their goals and the life they want. I find that when people gain an understanding of how they can be happy and impactful in their professional life, they frequently utilize these skills to improve their satisfaction in other aspects of their life as well.
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