The Journey to My Dream Job: A Tale of Perseverance and Skill Building

by DD Laura St. Louis, DTM

The path to success is often riddled with challenges and setbacks, and my journey was no exception.  Back in 2011, I made a life-changing decision to invest in education in pursuit of my dream job.  After graduating in 2013, it took 10 years to finally land this dream job which starts September 5.

To get where I am today, I dedicated myself to continuously building a skill set.  Simply holding a degree would not guarantee success. It was essential to stay current, adapt to industry changes, and refine my expertise. 

 There were moments of self-doubt, rejections, and unexpected twists along the way. However, I refused to let these obstacles deter me from my goal.  Instead, I used these experiences to fuel my motivation, learn from my mistakes, and grow both personally and professionally. Every setback became an opportunity for self-reflection, improvement, and resilience.

These words came across my computer screen the other day when reviewing which brought reflection to our District 62.

In a perfect world, we’d all love to achieve our goals and become successful overnight without any real effort, pain or struggle.

Unfortunately, that’s not how things usually work out. More often than not, that “overnight” triumph was actually years or even decades in the making. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of instant gratification and overnight success, but the truth is that behind every great achievement lies a story of perseverance, hard work and dedication.

The road to success is rarely a smooth one. It’s important to remember that success is a journey, not a destination. So, if you’re feeling discouraged or frustrated with your progress, remember that even the most successful people have been in your shoes. Keep working hard, stay focused on your goals, and trust the process. The rewards will come, but they may take time.

I’m so glad we are taking this journey together as we bring District 62 to success! Together we can seek out opportunities for self-reflection, improvement, resilience, and Celebration. United We Succeed!

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Author: Laura St. Louis

I joined Toastmasters in January of 2015 because I wanted to learn to be a leader. I started with one club, then added a second. The members of this club are the people that have been my biggest supporters and encouraged me to take the leap and run for Club Growth Director. I then propelled to District Director in 2020. They don't just provide leadership support. They also provide excellent evaluations. The feedback I receive from them has been invaluable. If you are looking to advance your speaking skills, this is the place.

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