We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Hauptman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Should I keep going or give up? This is a question every business owner – and person – will confront at some point in life. Should I keep pursuing this business, idea, goal, relationship, etc? Am I just in a rut, or is this really not meant for me? Often questions like these are difficult and sometimes even painful to confront.
To me, the best evaluative tool for any situation can be summarized in one word – alignment. Operating in a state of alignment means that your feelings and actions line up with where you want to go. In other words, they match. When you’re struggling and questioning whether to press ahead or throw in the towel, ask yourself this question:
Is this [business, idea, goal, task, relationship, etc.] aligned with the future I desire?
Your will know the answer. Here’s an example from my own experience. I recently wrestled with a tough question in my business about whether to give up teaching one of my courses. Although the course had been successful and profitable, the topic and content did not align with my future business goals. The course covered spiritual topics, and I wanted to shift gears to teach about self-confidence. When I asked myself what action would most align with becoming a confidence coach, it became clear that giving up my current teaching was a necessary step to pave the way for something new. I could not become a successful confidence coach if my business efforts continued to align with those of a spiritual coach. The mismatch would hinder my success and distract me from stepping into a new role.
I would encourage every person to use alignment as a gauge to measure whether to keep going or “give up.” Forcing efforts that no longer feel aligned won’t further your goals, nor will abandoning a fully-aligned dream when the road gets tough. Trust your own sense of alignment. It is always the compass pointing you towards your highest path.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career path has taken many diverse turns, and I’m grateful for each. I currently work for a small wealth management firm in Denver and also run my own confidence coaching business. In my free time I own an Etsy shop where I showcase my love for creativity and positive energy!
It surprises many people to hear that I actually began my career as an attorney. I graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2017 and practiced law for two years. I quickly realized that the legal profession didn’t light me up, and in 2019 I made the decision to pivot towards wealth management and entrepreneurship.
The greatest lesson I learned in that process was to trust myself. Although my decision sounded risky, I knew it was the right move for my happiness and personal growth. Looking back, I’m very grateful that I trusted my intuition and made the decision to prioritize my wellbeing over all else. Without that leap of faith, I wouldn’t be doing what I love to do today – helping and inspiring others to be their best.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Denver is such a fun city, and because I’m a foodie, all of my itineraries revolve around great food and drinks!
An ideal Denver night for me would start with a cocktail at Death & Co before dinner (and fabulous wine!) at Noble Riot or sushi and sake at Temaki Den.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my mother, Michelle. Her love and encouragement has opened more doors for me than I can count, and I’m grateful for her every day. Love you, Mom!
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