Ever wondered what your life purpose is? To be honest I haven’t, but realized that I’m living it.

I’ve always considered myself lucky to have a job that I love and enjoy. I’m celebrating my 25th Anniversary with Continental on May 18, 2017.

After finishing my apprenticeship as a car mechanic, I had a choice to become a driving school teacher at my dad’s company or go to college. To this date I value the objective coaching my dad provided back then. He never pushed me one way or another, even so I’m sure he would have liked for me to follow in his foot steps and eventually take over his company.

I went on to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering, majoring in Automotive Technology. I have always felt that my life professional purpose is in automotive. Did I plan to live in the US one day or become the Head of a Global Customer Center? No, but I took the first step and many more after. Often, all it takes is making that first step and follow where your passion guides you.

Look at Oprah Winfrey, she probably didn’t decide one day to become the biggest media personality and have her own cable TV station?! She had a passion to communicate via news and media. Her step was to become a news anchor, got fired, and was moved to a small talk show. Unexpectedly this talk show became huge. You know the rest of the story.

Why am I telling you this? I want to encourage you to follow your intuition and do what you are passionate about. Most importantly love what you do and never stop learning. When you take the first step and trust that life will reveal the next step, and the next, you’ll find that you are living your life purpose. You will be at your best when you follow your passion and love what you do. Don’t be afraid to make course correction when you feel you are heading down the wrong path. Listen to your intuition often!

Looking back at my 25 years with Continental (Siemens, SiemensVDO), I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with many great people all around the globe.
We worked through challenges side by side, succeeded, sometimes failed and recovered quickly, picked each other up and lend a helping hand, celebrated wins, learned lessons from losses, and most importantly had fun!

A few days ago my sister in law sent me this picture of me that she found in an old family album.

Well I guess my life purpose was defined even before I realized it.

In case you are curious to learn more about living your life purpose and following you intuition, check out two interesting sites:




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