It has been 50 years since the U.S. first observed National Hispanic Heritage Week, a celebration that has grown to span a full month. However, everyone should recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans throughout the year as an essential part of American history.
When I started my first “real” job 33 years ago, there was absolutely no way I would have predicted the route my career would take over the course of the next three plus decades: to a trade association, a consultancy, the US Government, three large US multi-nationals in Europe, and finally to a solar company in Arizona. I certainly never would have forecast that I would end up in business or in solar! I have been very happy with the road I have taken—or that has taken me—and I have absolutely no regrets, but there’s no question that I could have benefited from some words of advice along the way; advice that might have smoothed out some of the bumps and potholes I encountered during my travels. Here are some of the words I would share with my younger self.
As a C3E Ambassador, I’ve been asked to reflect on my career (now spanning over three decades) and discuss insights on leadership. Let me start by saying that every person has her (or his) own career path and the most important advice I can give is to stay true to the approach that fits you the best. However, don’t ever short-change yourself on how much you can accomplish or how far you can go.