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  • Karin Heuert Galvão

Does it spark joy? - How Marie Kondo's philosophy can maximize your professional development.

If you are alive and you have a Netflix account, chances are you have heard about Marie Kondo's Netflix original "Tidying up with Marie Kondo". Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing guru and author has made us fall in love with her sweet personality and love for organization. Even though she had already published four books on the topic, Marie got her real break with her show and now, she can definitely say that she is a world recognized celebrity - even if it is for organization, which in my opinion is an exceptional achievement.

Being a mom, a teacher and an entrepreneur, I find myself "running around like a headless chicken" at times, this is because I feel the pressure of having to be on my a-game every single time. However, I have to confess that being a mom or an entrepreneur haven't being the most challenging jobs - they ARE, but you'll get my point in a minute, so hold your thought there - but being a teacher is certainly the most demanding, especially in today's market.

In Brazil, and I believe in several parts of the world must be the same, you ought to use social media as a way of marketing yourself. Having said that, what happens is that once you're out there, you end up seeing what other professionals are also doing (workshops, courses, events, and the like), and you can't help but wonder… am I making the right choices when it comes to career development?

When I first started and I had the opportunity to get to know certain people in the industry, I learned quickly that I needed certificates and diplomas to "fit in". Don't get me wrong, I have learned a great deal by preparing myself for these exams and courses, but I soon realized that actually what mattered to them was that I could only "join the club" if I had this or that piece of paper. Surprisingly, once I geared my choices in career development, I soon realized that I didn't have a place anymore.

Contrary to what most would believe, my choices led me to rethink a variety of different things in my practices and in my life, which consequently made me reach different and more positive results. It was by making these changes, resetting my mindset and restrategizing that now I feel that my career development choices "spark joy" in me.

Here is what I have learned:

  1. By tiring myself out in courses, workshops and events that didn't spark joy in me, I was only cluttering my life and myself with peer-pressure and frustration.

  2. By taking a closer look at my decisions and my surroundings, I was able to get rid of the "junk" and keep what was making me truly happy.

  3. And finally, by tidying my life and career up that I realized what truly matters to me.

In summary, Marie Kondo has not only taught me how to organize my house and make it more beautiful, but she has also prepared me to take a closer look at life, with a more positive and warmer attitude, and that if I don't take a certain course, or if I don't have a certain certificate or diploma, it's because they don't spark joy in me.

Books by Marie Kondo:

The life-changing magic of tidying up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing.

Spark Joy

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