This article is part of our #40over40 series.
This is our time! We’re stronger when we work together to lift other women up. Evolve is creating the list we've been waiting for -- the first-ever 40 Over 40 list!
We're curating profiles of women who have or are in the process of reinventing their careers in their 40s, 50, 60s and beyond. We're thrilled to share these stories of reinvention - women returning to work, pivoting careers or launching new ventures!
Sue Liedel is a Licensed Master Esthetician and Clinical Coordinator for a large medical practice and an experienced educator of industry professionals and clients. She is passionate about her area of expertise: anti aging and skin health. (Now, don't you kind of want to be her best friend?)
Read on for Evolve's interview with Sue...
What prompted your career reinvention? A call to be my personal best mixed with a sense of urgency as I am nearing the end of my 40’s. To help women feel confident in their skin with my knowledge of skin health.
What's the best thing about midlife career change? I have the courage and confidence to take risks. I have great respect for those that have accomplished more personally and professionally, but no longer feel intimidated by their success. I have come to realize we all have a contribution to make and I confidant in what I bring to the table.
What's the biggest challenge? Lacking efficiency. I feel that I am always falling short. I am either not spending enough time with family or at my work.
What's your personal mantra or mission? Why? I am (fill in the blank).An example would be, “I am” delivering great results. “I am” a great educator for industry professionals... I also perform visualizations.
Your best career advice for other women at midlife is... Ask yourself, what would you like your legacy to be and move towards it everyday. Identify and write down compelling reasons to accomplish this goal. If your reasons are strong enough, they will keep you motivated.
My final suggestion, find an accountability partner. This is key! Report back in every week with your accomplishments. It gives you a push when you want to throw in the towel. They also act as great cheerleaders and remind you of your strengths or redirect when you are off course. You can do it!