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10 Things my mentor in Travel taught me on finding my resilience

Because sometimes what you are good at is not necessarily what you should do.

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Every once and a while, I take the time to reflect on what I have learned over the years of my career in the travel space. When it comes to hardship and how to be more resilience. According to American Psychological Association, the definition of Resilience is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences. Psychologist, Susan Kobasa, said that there are three main elements that resilient people possess. These are challenge, commitment, and control. Throughout my career, I’ve received feedback, encouragement, and life lesson from women holding a high powered position in the travel and hospitality industry. These are trailblazing women who works at Marriott Hotel International, New York University, Skift, and Urban Adventures, among others. It allows me to rethink my priorities, visualize what I want to do in life, finding my voice, and most importantly thrive in this saturated market. 

  1. Seek out a woman you admire and ask her to be a mentor. You’ll realize it is extremely empowering to be able to schedule a call with someone you admire and ask them for career advice.

  2. Find the people whose career you’d like to have & buddy up! Or at least, follow as closely as you can.

  3. Everybody should be passionate in whatever career they choose. Especially when you want to go the entrepreneurial journey.

  4. Because starting your own business is really, really hard. Don’t quit your job until you have enough money that will last twice the amount of time you think it will last

  5. Diversity of experience gives you a range of perspectives that you can bring to the table

  6. One word: internships

  7. it is OK to pursue different paths early on, so you can discover the right one for you

  8. Being flexible and open to new experiences is more beneficial than closing yourself off to anything that is not in line with a goal you set when you are younger

  9. When you truly love what you do for your career, it makes any hurdle or obstacle worth working through to get there.

  10. Only look where you want to go. if you keep your sight on what matters, then that is where the trajectory lies

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