Désirée H. Young – Path of Purpose (the un-official bio)
I spent the first 10 years of my working life as a project manager and mechanical engineer where my role was to design, develop, and manage systems for chemical plants. I got bored after about 3 months, but stuck it out to prove that my Boston University education (along with the student loans) wasn’t in vain. This stick-to-it-ness lead me to lobby for the creation of a position that would later be called human resources training specialist. In this role I trained first-time supervisors and coached employees on how to play nice (with their equipment and each other) and enable them to get what they wanted (in a nutshell – incentive checks).
Somewhere along the way, I got the message that my purpose was bigger than simply scaling the 25 foot tanks I helped design. So I left the job world and attended SMU’s Cox School of Business to continue my journey for purpose. After forfeiting the typical corporate internship I sought out self-directed consulting projects and my passion was reborn. The concentrations in marketing and entrepreneurial strategy suddenly made sense, as did my years of experience where I unconsciously forged relationships between people and things.
As an engineer, I fixed equipment and trained technicians so they could coexist and operate optimally. Today, as Founder of VentureWalk Business Partners, I develop (fix) businesses and train the entrepreneurs that lead them.
In this role, I use my experience in problem solving, troubleshooting and building things from the ground up to create a community of people that wish to affect the world with their message. I spend 50% of my work time studying, learning and mastering what it is to be successful in business. I experiment privately (in my own business) and practice publicly.
I spend the remaining 50% educating, training and coaching (in that order) small business owners looking to grow into entrepreneurial leaders. I also consult a select few of these businesses owners because I believe that in trying to serve everyone, you serve no one.
My purpose is to empower people, worldwide, to improve their quality of life AND work by becoming the best marketers and managers of their messages. And my passion is in performing this work in under-served communities like Haiti. I believe entrepreneurship is the path that leads to personal and financial freedom. It’s the way that mothers feed, clothe and educate their children and the best way out of poverty (both mental and financial).
This path has taught me that every person should seek to discover their God-given purpose. God is the only One who can reveal this information because He is the Creator of all things, including business owners.
And this is the journey for which I’m so grateful, a lifetime of discovery and uncovering. Care to join me?