[5Q] Less Worry and MORE TIME!

Season #1 Episode #101

Favorite quotes of the episode: 

“I shouldn’t have worried so much or put so much into that because it all turned out fine.”

Episode Overview

In this episode, I talk with Melissa Washington. Melissa is a Navy Veteran and the CEO and Founder of Women Veterans Alliance. She is a disabled veteran small business owner, speaker, entrepreneur, author, and award winner who is connecting women veterans across the nation.

Melissa proudly served in the Navy and rather than shoulder the burden of a dual-service family, she decided to leave the military early to pursue a career while her husband spent 21 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and transitioned into a successful career in recruiting and human resources for more than 10 years working for both boutique agencies and global Fortune 500 companies.

Melissa was laid off from her job in 2009 due to a failing economy, marking the beginning of a nearly two-year journey and career reinvention that allowed her to use her experience to help others. It all started with holding LinkedIn workshops for job seekers at her dining room table then speaking at venues across the nation. In 2011, she started Melissa Washington, Inc. which offers consulting services to businesses and individuals using LinkedIn for researching, recruiting, job seeking and collaborating. Her journey, took a little detour for 4 years as she worked at LinkedIn, planning Global Corporate Meetings & Events.  In 2014 she authored Get Back to Work: Smart & Savvy Real-World Strategies to Make Your Next Career Move.

5 Questions Segment

Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? Before I shut down my computer, I print out the calendar for tomorrow so I have it ready to go.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? The impact I can have, helping other women veterans, the reach and the impact we can have within the veteran community.

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? It’s a mindset, just having that joy.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? 11 years ago I was unemployed, I shouldn’t have worried so much or put so much into that because it all turned out fine.

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? Not Enough Time! I don’t mean it’s not enough time, but how could we effectively utilize our time and be strategic in purpose. We make time for what we want to make time for.


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