Excerpt - "Perhaps it took me too long to see it. Maybe it was that moment, staring down the barrel of my desk phone - a Vice President screaming in my ear, demanding that I tell him what I didn't get about his expectations. Maybe it was a combination of lack of sleep, over work, too little patience. Maybe it was none of that...maybe I had just finally found myself. It was in that moment that I recognized that my success and happiness depended upon one thing. Those around me needed to be ok with who I am - not the work me, not the corporate me, not the image that we all try to portray like the first three weeks at a new job.......but the actual real me. I needed to work WITH, not work for, people who appreciated my views, my mindset, my vision, and my dreams. It wasn't good enough to be the version of ME that they expected and it was draining me mentally - physically - emotionally...with that, it was time to take action..." Time: 30 - 45 min. Audience: All Target: Embrace strengths, introspection Note: A message originally created for students to encourage personal introspection and development but since adapted for business professionals.