Anita Wing Lee, shares her journey of earning and learning through 21 Countries
Imagine a world where your career was your passport. A world where, your career took you anywhere you wanted to go.
If you're Anita Wing Lee, you don't need to imagine such a world. You live in it and teach others how to do the same.
Anita and I met on-line a few months ago and I had the pleasure of connecting with her recently to learn more about how she has made her way from Canada, "earning and learning through 21 courtliness."
Unconventional careers are built through unconventional methods
Anita is a transformational coach who guides young people in finding their passions while building meaningful and profitable careers. However, it hasn't always been this way.
After being accepted into one of Canada's finest business schools, Anita recognised her thirst for adventure and partnered her studies with travelling the world, including the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.
There is no acceptable reason, logical, finical or otherwise, why universities don't offer a 'round the world degrees.' Studies show time and again how independent travel is a catalyst for the qualities we seek in today's leaders. Intercultural competence, flexibility, innovation, pattern creation, conflict resolution and creativity.
However, the reality is such a degree doesn't exist on paper so Anita had to get creative in her approach to finding work that is not only aligned with her life's purpose but would pay her enough to sustain and support her lifestyle.
Like all good things in life, her approach began with connecting with people.
Networking begins with a crystal clear WHY, not with being the loudest in the room
Anita knew she wanted to launch a global career so she began networking her way to her dream life. Now I can hear you asking, how can networking build your dream life? Isn't that all about talking the loudest and selling things to people who don't want it?
The short answer is not anymore. Think about 'networking' as a commitment or wish to building better relationships with the people in your life. A commitment to learn more about their vision and sharing your own vision in the hope to support each other. The most successful networking is always a two way street. It's about building a network of people who you can model and learn from, while being equally as giving in your time and resources in helping others.
Networking ironically begins with you. First, become crystal clear in your vision why you are doing what you are doing and you will attract the people who can support your vision. Anita took the time and did her inner work to know exactly what was driving her. She used her passion to excite others to help her on her journey. Your passion not only drives you to keep going, it also gets those around you excited to help you. The clearer your why, the more contagious your passion, the more support you'll find in turning your dreams into reality.
Tough days abroad are simply opportunities to say thank you
Taking the unconventional path means you'll have to stay positive even in the tough moment. Actually, especially in the tough moments. In living a life abroad the highs are extremely high and the lows are extremely low. When you're having a moment and feeling like maybe you're not travelling you're lost, maybe this isn't the right place to be, maybe you're missing out on things back home. There is one thing you can do that will instantly change your state.
And that is, to say thank you. Close your eyes and breathe in gratitude.
Anita recalls one morning in Bali where she had woken up at 4 a.m. to join a tour to watch the sunrise from a mountain top. It was bitter cold and she was understandably tired. After catching herself in this moment on the mountain top focusing on the cold and how she would have loved a few extra hours of sleep, she stopped and said to herself, "WAIT." She bought herself back to where she wanted to be by remembering that almost anyone in the world would trade places with her to see that same sunrise on that same mountain top.
This life abroad is a gift and in the moments of difficulty close your eyes, just like Anita did, say thank you and enjoy the sunrise.
If you'd like to learn more about Anita, and I highly recommend you do as she's wonderful, click here.