Author Kristen Zavo: “Seeing Light at the End of the Tunnel; 5 Reasons To Be Hopeful During this Corona Crisis”

Life Purpose: We’re being reminded of the fragility of life, that we truly don’t know how long we have — and that we’ve got to make the most of our time here on Earth. This reminder has already got people examining who they are and how they’re showing up, and the impact they want to make in this lifetime

As a part of my series about the things we can do to remain hopeful and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristen Zavo.

Kristen Zavo is a Career Coach, Keynote Speaker, and the Best-Selling author of Job Joy: Your Guide to Success, Meaning, and Happiness in Your Career. She is on a mission to help unfulfilled high achievers find work and build careers (and lives!) they absolutely love. Over the course of her career, she has spent nearly two decades in traditional corporate jobs (including time in investment banking, consulting and industry), working for some of the top Fortune 500 companies such as Lehman Brothers, NBC and Luxottica. Kristen earned her MBA in Finance and BS in Marketing and Psychology, summa cum laude, from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She is also a Certified Life Coach. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Business News Daily, The Ladders, and more — as well as on podcasts and stages covering career, success and finding life’s purpose.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?

As with many entrepreneurs, it was my own experience and frustrations that brought me to my life’s work. After nearly two decades in traditional corporate roles, with multiple career changes, I finally figured out why I wasn’t happy, despite my outward success — and what to do about it.

After a big career change, many started asking me how I did it and if I could help them — and my coaching business was born. I decided to write a book, Job Joy, to serve as guide — and shortcut — for other unfulfilled high achievers, so they too could find career fulfillment. Since then, I’ve gone full-time in my business as a career coach and speaker. I couldn’t be happier — I get to do work I love while helping others do the same!

As my clients soon find out, this work is about way more than landing the job. That’s because when we learn to design our career for ultimate fulfillment, impact, and happiness — we realize we can do the same in the rest of our lives. This has a ripple effect and makes for happier, more on-purpose, can’t-be-stopped game changers who will impact the world for the better — and inspire others to do the same.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?

I’m a big fan of Wayne Dyer’s classic book, Pulling Your Own Strings, so much so that I re-read it every couple years. It’s a book about defining success and living life on your own terms. It’s a great read for people-pleasers and high-achievers who fear that making their own decisions and standing up for themselves will inconvenience or anger others.

Ok, thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. Many people have become anxious from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The fears related to the coronavirus pandemic have heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness. From your perspective can you help our readers to see the “Light at the End of the Tunnel”? Can you share your “5 Reasons To Be Hopeful During this Corona Crisis”? If you can, please share a story or example for each.

From your experience or research what are five steps that each of us can take to effectively offer support to those around us who are feeling anxious? Can you explain?

What are the best resources you would suggest to a person who is feeling anxious?

I recommend leaning on friends and community, continuing therapy online, taking good care of your body via quality food and movement, making a concerted effort to find joy in the everyday, and mindfulness practices like journaling and meditating.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” by George Eliot is one of my all-time favorite quotes. I remember coming across it when I was in a dark place, questioning it all — especially my career path. I was successful by all outside measures, living in New York City, with an impressive job, fancy clothes and great pay. But I was the unhappiest I had ever been. And yet, with almost 10 years in Finance, I thought it was too late to make a change. This quote served as a reminder and inspiration that it is never too late to go after your dreams — and to figure out what they are in the first place!

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

It’s the movement I’ve already started with the work I do with my clients everyday. I want everyone to know that no matter their circumstances, it is never too late to find work they love — work that is fulfilling and impactful, work where they’re seen, heard, valued and appreciated, work where they’re most on purpose and can share their gifts with the world. We all deserve this. And it’s our responsibility. No more hiding. Now, more than ever, the world needs us to step up!

What is the best way our readers can follow you online?

Connect with me on social media — I’m most active on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. For more support, download my free “COVID & Your Career” Mini-Training, covering topics like productivity, leadership, job search, and entrepreneurship HERE.

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