Transforming Mindsets: The Journey from Engineering to Self-Mastery with Yanet Borrego.
It was an honor and pleasure being joined by Yanet Borrego to kick off the third season of my Instagram Live series, Techie Talks!
Yanet found her passion as a Self-Mastery Coach, Speaker, and Host of the “With Clarity and Purpose” podcast. She helps high-achieving women find the clarity, confidence, and courage to make their WILDEST dreams their reality.
She helps her clients by using her tech consulting background and applying the methods we use to build sustainable products, to help high-achieving women create the life of their dreams. It all starts with one simple question, “Who do you want to be?”
Yanet's story is inspirational and our Techie Talks conversation touched on some serious topics of the stressors that come with working in STEM, as well as the pressure of being an immigrant and working towards the stereotypical "American Dream." Read more of her story below and how she learned to put herself first, broke the mold, and found success in her own way.
Q: Tell us about yourself!
I was born in Havana, Cuba. When I was 12 years old my mom and I moved to the United States. After moving to the land of the American Dream, my big aspiration was simple: to get a high-paying job, so I could support and give back to my family - what else could I ask for?
After getting my chemical engineering degree, I had achieved exactly what I had been targeting: a high-paying job and a successful career. I had made it through with perseverance and discipline, and I still felt empty.
I found myself in a career that wasn't fulfilling or empowering to me.
As a result, back in 2013, I became obsessed with understanding why, how could this be possible? I had followed the recipe I had been given: study hard, get good grades, get a high-paying job, and live happily ever after. I realized that that was exactly the reason… I had been given the recipe. I never actually did the inner work to understand who I wanted to be before making any decisions.
I started to realize that I wasn't the only one, that most of the people around me felt stuck without a sense of clarity, direction, or purpose. And believe me, when you are stuck, it's hard to see the way out.
I spent 9 years in corporate trying to figure out my purpose, and when I did, I worked consistently towards making it a reality. During all those years I trained endless hours on cutting-edge techniques that enable you to regain control of your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical states.
It is because of these techniques that I have the relationship I dreamed of. I have an amazing relationship with my mom, I am in the best shape I've ever been, and I have a career that fulfills my purpose. It doesn't matter what your past looked like, I am here to tell you that it doesn't define your future. Once you start walking in alignment with who you are meant to be, I promise that you will feel fulfilled and empowered like never before!
Q: As a leader in your field, what achievements are you most proud of, and what lessons have you learned along the way?
Living a courageous and authentic life. My most proud achievement has been getting to know myself and aligning my career to my purpose of helping women achieve their wildest dreams. My transition from my 9 years corporate career as an engineer and consultant to a full-time coach and speaker is something I'm deeply proud of. I've learned that alignment to your purpose attracts abundance. The more we focus on serving from the heart, everything else follows. As a 6-figure coach, I am proof that we can make money doing what we love.
Q: How do you personally maintain a sense of empowerment in the business/STEM world, especially when faced with challenges or setbacks?
I see the outside world as a feedback mechanism of what I need to work on to continue growing and evolving. When I am going through a challenge, I remind myself that it is temporary and I ask: What is the lesson to be learned here? This allows me to take intentional action while remaining empowered.
Q:What advice would you give to aspiring young leaders in STEM and business, based on your own experiences and lessons learned?
Prioritize getting to know yourself and building a career that is in alignment with your values and your vision to serve this world.
Q: How do you prioritize self-care and mindfulness practices while following your career path?
I meditate daily, walk in nature and ground, journal, and read personal development books
Q: What is a quote or life lesson that influences you every day?
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Wayne Dyer
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