I know something about this. I worked in the corporate world for over 25 years and have seen people lose confidence and live with stress caused by the competitive environment they work in and by the intimidating tactics used by senior managers or colleagues. I was exposed to it as well.
My career has been spent in the global energy industry. Starting as an investigative reporter in Chicago, I moved to New York where, at 29, I was asked to help start a nuclear fuel brokerage company. There were few women in this field at the time, and I was certainly the youngest to take this on.
It was an amazing experience of building a global brand and traveling the world, but after 10 years I took a sabbatical and moved to South Africa. Something was missing.
I am happiest meeting people from various cultures and backgrounds and sharing stories. The more time I was away from the company, the more I realized that my passion was to help people.
It would take a while to get there. I left the brokerage firm, started another company, moved to London, and became a global manager for another corporate firm. Throughout it all, I kept planning to leverage my experiences to help others live happier lives.
And now I do. As Napolean Hill once said: You can think your way into or out of almost any circumstance, good or bad.