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My Accidental Entrepreneurial Journey That Turned Shame Into Me Taking  My Power Back | Elizabeth Yang Show E17

My Accidental Entrepreneurial Journey That Turned Shame Into Me Taking  My Power Back | Elizabeth Yang Show E17

November 07, 20232 min read

When I was working in corporate, I had this belief that a corporate job was secure.

But when I was unexpectedly let go and then rehired on the same day on my eight-year anniversary at the company, it completely shifted my perspective on job security. The way I was “let go” stripped me completely naked of my dignity. I thought I had done everything “right” with mentors, executive sponsors, networking, and more. No one taught me about office politics.

After I got off the phone call with the boss, I just broke down and cried. I felt one word: Shame.  If someone could take my financial security away from me so quickly due to ego and office politics, why was I at this company? 

That question led me to reflect on the work I was doing, why I was doing it, and what I ultimately wanted to do. 

In this episode, I share the key moments that lead me to transition from two decades in corporate America at Fortune 50 companies to embracing entrepreneurship and the three ideas that helped me believe in my ability to take the leap.

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“She said, ’Elizabeth, we want to promote you.’ And I remember in that moment thinking to myself, ‘Oh my God. I don't want that promotion because more money means more responsibility.’

In that moment, I realized maybe it's time that I really give myself the shot with my business. . .”

Tune in for:

01:25 — How my very first client was completely unexpected (and how that changed the type of work I wanted to do in my career) 

06:24 — Why a corporate job isn't secure and where true security and abundance comes from

12:07 — The final moment that made me realize I needed to officially start my business

17:20 — The one mindset shift I had that finally made me confident I could build a successful business

18:37 — Understanding for the worst-case scenario and realizing it's not as bad as it might seem

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