Real Conversations: A CEO’s story of finding purpose

Sandra CampilloEmpowermentLeave a Comment

Expanding my professional network is one of my big commitments for 2019 and in following through with this particular goal, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some pretty amazing people.

After some of the conversations I have had, I thought, there is no way I could hold them back…

So, I’m making it a point to share some of the conversations that have stood out and can potentially shed some light on your own journey of discovery and transformation.

Power is gained by sharing knowledge, not hoarding it.

Just the other day…

I had the pleasure of meeting an ex-CEO from a well-reputed, billion-dollar company. I won’t mention his name or the company for privacy reasons and out of respect to him, but what a great guy he is…

He was down to earth and very personable.  He also exuded a level of transparency which I would not have expected.

I’ll call him “Joe” for a point of reference.  

The conversation began with Joe asking me what I do.  When I told him I was working on building a personal growth and development life coaching and motivational speaking business, he said that was something he had been wanting to do as well.

The motivational speaking part that is.

So, the conversation unfolded and Joe began to share his story with me…

He told me that the company he was working for decided to restructure and shift leadership roles.  With that process, came a lot of changes.  One of which included a step-down for him but with the guarantee of keeping his existing salary.

Sounds amazing, right?

More down time, same money; less work, still same money.  This sounds like the ideal job if you were to ask anyone else!

As for Joe, not so much. Within the first week, he was already feeling like something was missing.

Funny what happens when we allow ourselves the time to truly think about where we are and where we are headed…

Make time for you. Your overall well-being and life depend on it.

He felt like something was pulling him toward a bigger purpose and with that, he came to the realization that there was more for him to do; doing less work and making the same amount of money as when he was CEO was not enough.

And, because it didn’t feel right to him, he decided to take a leap of faith and made the risky, but wise decision to quit.

He became aware of the fact that there is a greater purpose for him to fulfill and it wasn’t by short changing his skills and abilities.

We exchanged quotes, inspiration, and connection – A true blessing in disguise.

He left me with a quote from the beautiful Maya Angelou.  One that has been sticking in his mind since he embarked on his new journey…

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou


We live life just going through the motions and with the idea that we have time.  We get locked into jobs that deplete our energy and suck the life out of us, afraid of change or taking risks to explore something greater.

It’s so easy to become complacent, but complacency can be detrimental when working toward personal or professional growth; meanwhile, inside of us, we are longing to break free.  We use our busy schedules as a crutch to postpone finding a way out from our miserable jobs or from creating wellness in our lives time and time again assuming we will still have tomorrow.

We say, “I don’t have time” or “I’ll start tomorrow.”  Meanwhile, “tomorrow” never comes and we continue in the misery.  We continue to live unsatisfactory lives while longing for more but never doing anything about it.

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day; whether you are among the highly successful or the not-so-successful.  It’s how we use our time that makes all the difference.

The key to achieving success on any level, is turning your –

“I should do this…” to “I have to do this… It’s not an option!”

Make getting clear on what it is you want to achieve your mission.

Then, once you are clear on what it is you truly want and why you want to achieve it, heart and soul; take daily consistent action toward making it happen.

One step at a time. One day at a time.

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