Updated: Aug 25, 2019
The more I engage with women on these #CareerCorner profiles, the more my eyes are opened to how many amazing, resilient, engaged and caring business women are out there. Tania Cole Teto Shingler is no different!
I met Tania in the Hello Boss Community on Facebook. She caught my attention and broke my tongue-in-cheek stereotypical perspective of accountants - boring, emotionless, number-crunchers who sit behind computers all day and avoid conversation at all costs [Yes I am hanging my head in shame right now]. From the moment I joined the group, Tania has stood out as some one who:
shares her knowledge widely (and in a language that a non-accounting person can understand),
is supportive and encouraging,
comes highly recommended as someone to work with, and
has tremendous integrity and a positive approach to life.
Tania doesn't share too much in her profile about her background but reading between the lines I can see that she has someone who has worked really hard to rise above and not just "make something of herself", but build a business and a life where she can help others do the same.
What did you want to be when you were 5 years old?
A psychologist. Then I wanted to do law. My passion is helping people - helping them grow and learn. Now I have my accounting business! My business is aimed at helping and educating small business on how to grow their business financially.
What motivated you to choose the career that you’re in?
I started as a receptionist in an accounting firm and grew from there. I was raised by my grandparents and coming from a Portuguese home I was always taught that if you want to make something of yourself you will always have to work for it. Nothing worth it in life comes easy and my goal was to better myself and grow. Education is the one thing that can't be taken away from you.
What steps did you / are you taking to realize your dreams?
I work hard 24/7 and I put my heart and soul into everything I do. I keep my eye on the prize.
What kind of challenges have you encountered along the way?
So so so many challenges! Self sabotage, fear, self doubt. When you work for yourself you always have self doubt. "Am I good enough?" or "Will I ever get where I want to be?"
I often sit back and look at these amazing accounting firms and feel so inferior, but then I remember that I have my own qualities to bring to the table. When you are a solopreneur it's all on you to make it work.
Have you ever failed in your career and if yes what did you learn from that experience?
I don’t see anything as a failure, I see opportunities for growth. Coming from a difficult background I have always been faced with two options: take what has happened in a positive light or a negative light. I believe that every lesson we are taught has good in it, it depends on if we want to see it or not.
What’s the most bizarre or funniest thing that's ever happened (to you) in your career?
More bizarre than funny... I lost my job after a home invasion (it was a new job that I had just started and I lost the job because I had to take time off to deal with the home invasion, get fingerprints done etc). After 8 years of saying I wanted to start my own business, it catapulted me into taking that leap of faith. Out of this I have learned that I needed to trust myself because the universe trusted me.
What is the most rewarding part of your line of work?
Seeing clients happy, relieved and empowered.
How would you advise someone who’s having a hard time achieving their goals?
1. Do a vision board. 2. Affirmations. 3. Steer clear of anything or anyone who is not helping you grow.
What did you have to sacrifice in order for your career to grow?
Time with my family, and money!
Any specific career advice you would like to share?
Find something you are passionate about and turn that into a work of art.
How do you define success?
When you wake up in the morning and feel good about yourself and where you are at in life. That for me is success.
If you had only two words to describe the essence of who you want to be, what would those two words be?
Kind and happy
Anything else you would like to add?
Our mind is such a powerful tool, we need to train ourselves to see our true potential. I truly believe that what you think about, you bring about. Never give up or think you can never achieve anything because it's rubbish. The world is at your fingertips, you just need to trust in yourself and the universe will give you what you desire.