I work with people who want to make the world a better place. Who are the changemakers or socially conscious? They could be your mom. My mom is certainly a changemaker.
When I was a kid in the 90’s, my mom worked a lot. Most of our time together was spent at night reading The Boxcar Children just before bed or in her car while she conducted business.
I’ll never forget when she bought her first car phone. It was always ringing. And picking up the phone was never an easy task. I remember watching her reach across the console, trying to keep her eyes on the road and one hand on the wheel while she yanked the massive clunky brick of a phone out of the cradle.
This one time, she picked up the phone and the person on the other end was yelling and screaming. My mom was calm, composed and professional.
After a few minutes, when she finally put the phone down, she turned to me and said, “You know Kayti, sometimes you just have to say fuck you with a smile on your face.”
My mom has always had a strong voice. And she knows how to use it.
Because of this skill my mom has been wildly successful. For over twenty years she has been a leader within a predominately male industry as a sober woman who could not care less about golf.
Since I am telling you all this, I feel like I should confess.
Success is really important to me. Maybe it is because my mother’s success helped me go to college. It helped me see the world. But to be completely transparent, it isn’t just about the money for me.
I have spent years working abroad in other countries where it is clear that not everybody gets the same opportunities that I did. Not everyone has the freedom to have a voice. So using those opportunities to help someone else is the only way I can work.
Today that is what I do. I write for those businesses who want to make the world a better place. I work with those hopeful souls, those people who can do the right thing in a tough situation, those women who can say fuck you with a smile.