Why having 2 very different careers makes me more fulfilled
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Most people know me as an expert in luxury business with an MBA and a degree in interior design and the arts. They know that I help companies increase their brand value and make their businesses more profitable by revealing the proven sales strategies used by the biggest luxury brands.
For over ten years, I have invited my clients to join me at events, trade shows and cocktails. In recent years, many of them have taken the courses I teach on establishing their design business as a luxury brand and my digital branding workshops. It is a pleasure to continue to nurture the relationships I have established over the years with professionals in the design community and to help them make their businesses profitable with structured plans.
But besides my long career in this industry, I have a very divergent vocation which dates back to a childhood passion: rollerblading and rollerblading.
I entered a figure skating academy at the age of eight, and for many years I practiced the discipline of figure skating on wheels. In Europe roller figure skating is popular, but I later found out that it was not in the United States.
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Show your talents
What strikes me the most is how my passion for roller skating organically becomes my second career. After spending long hours in the office or traveling across North America visiting clients, I would carry my quads and go to a nearby park in my neighborhood in New York City. I zoned and skated while listening to my favorite music.
I was the only roller skater in the park before the pandemic and before the roller disco resurgence in 2020. People saw me having so much fun and approached me. They wanted to dance on skates like me. They asked me to teach them balance on wheels, roll bounce and some roller dance steps.
Word of mouth did the rest, and teaching rollerblading is now my other job. I have discovered through my clients that I have a natural talent for coaching beginner’s Essential Skills and helping them overcome fear of falling.
My advantage over self-taught skaters is knowledge of technique, mechanics of movement and the ability to give streamlined instructions. And every time someone learns to skate, the joy in their eyes brings me back to my childhood.
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Vibrate at a higher frequency
People are naturally multidimensional with many interests, skills and passions. These different dimensions channeled into various career paths can help us grow and develop. And, if we share our talents with others, we vibrate at a higher frequency.
The benefits of working in different industries are many, ranging from inspiration for creative ideas and developing a competitive advantage to opening up new possibilities and expanding your network. Diversifying your skills and having multiple sources of income is also a plus. Remember, we live in a time when skills become obsolete within a year and a half.
Many people say that the pandemic was an opportunity to prioritize investing in ourselves. The reality is, it’s always a great time to invest in ourselves – blockages just forced it on. But we don’t need a pandemic to hone our skills and passions.
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