Notebook paper – it started it all!
It was because of notebook paper, my early childhood love, that I, Cassandra “D.I.V.A. of Dialog™” Lee, discovered at the age of six my passion for teaching through speaking.
These days, I’m using PowerPoint presentations instead of notebook paper to educate and empower my audiences to achieve career success. My goal is to help administrative professionals worldwide improve their communication skills, leadership skills, and thought power.
It seemed like I would never get here, though. It was a battle – primarily with me. I had to improve my focus and follow-through; deal with work/life balance issues; handle self-esteem drama; get a handle on my stress; and overcome lack of job satisfaction. Talk about career landmines to overcome! I had them and I had to face them – fast!
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the work I did for eight years as an Administrative Assistant. I was good at it, too. Unfortunately, I was not passionate about it. My heart was set on education and empowerment by teaching through speaking. I knew I couldn’t effectively fulfill my passion by working as an administrative professional.
I knew if I didn’t get myself together, I would never live out my dreams. In addition, I realized if I didn’t start moving toward where I really wanted to be, I would have more serious career landmines to battle where I was.
So, I went back to my first love – notebook paper. I used it to craft, implement and execute my plan of action. Today, I am a published author, inspirational speaker, corporate trainer, and career coach.
It’s been quite a journey and I would not change a thing. Thanks to the landmines blocking my career success, I would never be in the career I’m in today.
Plus, thanks to the organizations in which I became involved, such as, the G.R.A.C.E. Ministry of the Apostolic Church of God, Professional Woman Network, and Toastmasters International, I would not have gained the valuable insights, knowledge, skills, and experiences that have been a blessing to me on my journey toward personal and professional success.
Oh, how I love notebook paper! It really did start it all!