It took me searching for a career that made me happy to realize I could be happy in any career.
It all started because I didn’t want to be an accountant. That’s what I was going to school for. So I quit university to take a gap year and figure out what I wanted to do. I got a job at an ad agency in the mailroom. I delivered the mail and set up meetings. I offered to help wherever I could and I got more responsibility. I learned. I worked hard. I kept getting promoted, all the way to senior management at McDonald’s restaurants. For a marketing gal, it was a dream job. I had surpassed my expectations in seniority and salary, but I wasn’t happy. In hindsight, the more accurate explanation was I didn’t know how to be happy.
So, I decided to quit it all and train to become a coach so I could help people find enjoyment in their careers even though I hadn’t figured it out for myself yet. I trained my ass off. I put the same effort and energy into building my skills as a coach as I did into getting from the mailroom to the senior management table.
And what I learned was freeing… enlightening… and the greatest irony of all time! It took me quitting to learn that I didn’t need to quit at all.
I learned that happiness doesn’t come from ‘stuff’. It doesn’t come from jobs or bosses or titles. It doesn’t even come from shoes … and I know because I have a million pairs.
Happiness comes from what you make all that ‘stuff’ mean. It’s not the shoes that make me happy. It’s what I think about when I look at the shoes that make me happy. It’s not the job or the boss that makes me happy, it’s what I think about those things that create my emotional life. And all our thoughts are choices that we control – whether you know you’re choosing them or not.
So I no longer help people find careers that make them happy…
… my new mission is to help people turn the career they already have into the wildly successful career they love and want.
FUN 01 FACTS
MY FIRST PRESENTATION WAS A SINGLE ‘NEXT STEPS’ SLIDE TO THE EXECUTIVES AT GM. I PRACTICED IT 20 TIMES AND STILL BLEW IT. NOW PRESENTING IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO.
FUN 02 FACTS
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT GAZPACHO WAS UNTIL I WAS 22 YEARS OLD AND MY BOSS ORDERED IT FOR LUNCH. I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING YOU USED TO PATCH UP DRYWALL.
FUN 03 FACTS
IN MY FIRST OFFICE JOB I DELIVERED THE MAIL AND SET UP MEETINGS. MY OFFICIAL TITLE WAS ‘GIRL FRIDAY’! REALLY??? SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING FROM THE PAGES OF MADMEN.
FUN 04 FACTS
MY FAVOURITE MOVIE IS THE BREAKFAST CLUB. WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER, I MEMORIZED THE ENTIRE THING. BEST LINE: DOES BARRY MANILOW KNOW YOU RAID HIS WARDROBE?
FUN 05 FACTS
THE BEST ADVICE I GOT FROM A BOSS WAS ‘YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DIE, SO JUST TRY IT”. SO I JUST KEPT TRYING. THIS IS THE SECRET TO ALL MY SUCCESS. KEEP TRYING NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.
FUN 06 FACTS
I DO A GREAT MICK JAGGER IMPERSONATION AND A MEAN AIR-GUITAR TO FREE BIRD (GLASS OF WINE IS REQUIRED).
FUN 07 FACTS
I ONCE GOT TO EAT A STEAK DINNER AND DRINK CHAMPAGNE ON THE MCDONALD’S CORPORATE JET. I NO LONGER EAT BEEF, BUT STILL DRINK THE BUBBLES. #BALLER #DONTEATCOWS
MY IT LIST
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My dogs
HIDDEN TALENT: Knowing all the words to songs
FAVOURITE SONG: Here comes the sun (The Beatles)
GUILTY PLEASURE: Entertainment Tonight
LOCATION: Southampton, Canada
FAVOURITE FOOD: French Fries
DESERT ISLAND ALBUM: Rumours
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PRAISE FOR THE CAREER RESET
GOT PROMOTED TWICE
“Great results. I’ve been promoted twice since starting to work with her. Have a much clearer understanding of what I want out of my career that goes beyond my current company’s career path. Worth the investment in yourself and lays a foundation of self-assessment and goal setting that will be applicable throughout my life.”
MEL IS A POWERHOUSE
“Working with Mel is like working with a powerhouse institution but with a super-nimble approach. It’s like using 20+ years of experience, expertise and wisdom for a 1×1 consultation and mentoring. Her material and delivery felt bespoke for a team of 20, but suitable for an enterprise of thousands.”
A. Veselaj | Coates Group
MEL WAS INSTRUMENTAL
“Mel was very instrumental to help me view “myself” in a different way. The opportunity to have someone so skilled like Mel to discuss all these topics provided clarity on how to articulate my vision and continue to pioneer change in my business environment always thriving for continuous growth. Her coaching style and business savviness were fundamental to help me to visualize my future growth and areas to be focused on to accelerate development and personal growth as well as removing obstacles.”
WON'T HESITATE TO WORK WITH MEL AGAIN
“I engaged Mel to work with a promising Team Member, to help her refine her leadership brand. It allowed her to be far more focused on her development, and unlocked a confidence and new approach that was immediately recognized by her colleagues. The positive changes and confidence have led her to excel such that she’s been promoted to a very important and senior level role.
The time invested together with Mel was highly engaging and productive – I most certainly would recommend her to others and wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again.”
H. Bagozzi | Tim Hortons
“Mel is an amazing career coach, that perfect blend of focused listener and someone who is able to ask the right questions at the right time to encourage their client to push forward in their personal and professional lives.
A TRUE GIFT
““Partnering with Mel has not only been inspirational but a true gift! Thank you for your passion, enthusiasm, and sharing your knowledge with all levels of our staff and Faculty.””
L. Isabella | York University
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