Welcome to my new interview series featuring some of the brightest and most hard-working women I know. My goal for this series is to collect stories from women in all levels of their career. The hope is that their journey and their advice will trigger something in you, and help you take the jump you need to achieve your personal level of success. Whether they are freelancers, founders of their own business, corporate employees, or students, this #LadiesWhoHustle series will showcase their unique talents and help you unveil yours.
Mimi Boyer is a millennial that spent 6 years asleep in the corporate world, climbing the steps very successfully without even once stopping to ask herself the question: WHY!? She got addicted to the instant gratification of promotions and money, but ended up very unhappy and lost professionally. Mimi knew there was so much more to life and that she was capable of achieving incredible things if she decided to take the jump. So, she took 3 months to prepare an exit strategy and finally jumped into the unknown. That was the best decision of her entire life as she finally got to know herself and start using her superpowers to create a life she actually LOVES, even on Monday mornings!
Mimi is now a full-time entrepreneur, building her Happy on Mondays movement and the culture of a tech startup in Toronto. She turned her life around and is now living her best life. Read on to learn more about Mimi's journey and what advice she has for those looking to do the same.
Founder, coach at Happy on Mondays, and the head of People & Culture at GrowthGenius (a tech startup).
Why do you do what you do?
I wanted to surround myself with people that had found their calling and were living their dream life. I wanted to understand how they did it and inspire people to pursue a career they truly love. That's when I decided to organize meet ups where these people could share their journey with me and an audience. So that's it; I realized I could help people that are in the same situation I was in to take action and change their unhappy work life to being Happy on Mondays. So, I started coaching people to tap into their true power. I want to inspire you to do what you love the most. I believe this is what will bring you happiness and success. You truly deserve to be the best version of yourself!
What was your dream job at 10 years old?
I wanted to be a chemist!
If you could have anyone's job in the world, whose job would you choose and why?
MINE! I'm creating the job of my dreams right now. I'm aiming to become a different version of Marie Forleo or Oprah.
What is one thing people outside of your industry get wrong about your job?
They underestimate the power of mindset and self-awareness in the search of a new career. Some people think that finding a new job by building a new resume and updating their LinkedIn will lead them to fulfilment and happiness. There's much more internal work to be done to figure out what is your next step. I'm here to help them do just that!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself growing an empire of personal development, having a book and multiple online programs to help more people find their true calling and carve a happy career for themselves.
What has been your biggest career struggle so far?
The biggest struggle was letting go of my ego, of my high paying job for a well known company to jump into the unknown and pursue my life mission.
And what about your biggest career win?
Having the courage to jump even if I had absolutely no idea where it could lead me. I was able to start a meetup series with over 100 people showing up on Monday mornings, I started coaching people, which is all bringing me so much fulfillment. All that in just a year. When you start focusing on things you love doing, it's incredible what you can accomplish in so little time.
What's the best piece of career advice you've received?
Follow your heart, not your mind.
What about the worst piece of career advice you've received?
Find a stable job, where you'll get paid great money and won't have to be scared of losing your job.
What are you the most proud of?
Getting rid of some of my limiting beliefs and not being afraid of trying completely different things. I had never organized any events before, neither had I coached people, yet I went for it.
Who motivates you the most?
My husband (I know, super cheesy). He's an eternal learner and has been into the personal development industry for years. He truly has a unique life story and he's been able to inspire me so much with his grit and growth mindset.
What advice do you have for those looking for a career in your field?
Trust your gut, be so in tuned with yourself that you know exactly what your superpowers are and how to use them to serve others.
When do you feel the most confident?
I feel confident when I'm talking about my mission to help others and find true fulfillment. I can relate to their situation and I know exactly how to help them. As I know the type of impact this can have in someone's life (out of my own experience), I know how powerful this is and that brings me confidence.
How do you relax?
I take a bath with some essential oils and a great book!
Currently coveting: tarot cards.
Favourite way to sweat: F45 HIIT trainings.
Favourite book: Pivot by Jenny Blake.
Morning bird or night owl? MORNING all the way!
Favourite '90s jam: "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G.
Favourite city: Paris.
Spirit animal: the butterfly.
Get in touch with Mimi!
Facebook: Happy on Mondays
LinkedIn: Mimi Boyer
Know anyone that would be great to feature in the #LadiesWhoHustle series? Connect with me on Instagram to nominate them - or yourself!