One of our committee members decided to leave her job after hearing Tricia Yap’s inspiring talk at 2017 TEDxTinHauWomen.
The year was 2017. I was working in a big consultancy. I had my head down and knew that hard work would eventually pay off. Anyone who has worked in a big consulting firm knows the hours, the demands, the sweat and the tears. If you don’t know, try following @CrazyMgmtCons on Instagram. They pull together user-generated moans and groans from consultants around the world and have rebranded alcohol to be “PPT Jooz”. Enough said.
That winter, I went to the TEDxTinHauWomen event. I enjoyed all the speakers, but it wasn’t until Tricia Yap walked on stage that I felt I was really hearing any of it. Her talk was about “What happens when life as you knew it, isn’t going the way you planned?” and that’s exactly how I felt. Tricia told her story and I felt like she was telling mine, except I hadn’t reached my happy ending – yet! She worked in a big 4 consultancy, like me; she was going crazy with her work hours, like me; she had her heart broken by the one person she didn’t think would, like me; but she broke free and lived her life the way she wanted… unlike me.
Tricia left her demanding consulting life and has since co-founded Warrior Academy and she’s also the Director of Fitness for HK’s progressive wellness gym, Goji Studios. Her first startup in Hong Kong was Bikini Fit, which was a female only health and wellness community. Her vision is to empower women through challenging and re-defining their understanding of health and fitness, and at the same time, providing a positive and supportive community for women who want to change their lives.
I’m the first to admit, I’m not the fittest woman in any room. I didn’t want to go into fitness, but I did want to re-ignite the spark in myself, and find my passion. So after a few months of contemplating, and a few encouraging words from friends, I left my job. Now this isn’t a fairytale story; I ended up somewhere where I was less happy. But life’s a lesson and I learnt it. I’ve since started up my own blog, I’m in a job I love and I’m on the TEDxTinHauWomen committee – I mean hello? Jackpot!
So, I encourage you to ask yourself if the life you’re living is what you want? If not, try something else. If you’re lost and don’t know what you want, I highly encourage you to join our next event and listen to the bold & brilliant women who will be speaking. Who knows what golden nuggets you’ll receive.
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Written by: Kara Barclay on behalf of TEDxTinHauWomen
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