Exchanging our emotions and vulnerabilities are the best way to dissolve social barriers at work. If it’s working out for me, I bet it will work out for you too. – the core message in our newest video. Watch it HERE! (https://youtu.be/RYaRbTmQkQo)
My career switch to construction was not easy. I did not get along with my co-workers as I did with my previous jobs. I convinced myself that being a female in a male dominated field is a disadvantage. I felt compelled to behave like one of the “boys” and hope no one notices the difference. I learned to conceal my emotions because I believed it to be a sign of weakness. As I suppressed my emotions, I also denied an essential part of myself.
Looking back, I was holding myself back by over-emphasizing on the gender differences. At the end of the day, we are fundamentally similar. We want to feel connected; we want to make a positive impact on others; and we want to be appreciated. Authenticity is the best way to connect. Don’t let anyone define who you are because happiness does not come from living a suppressed life.