Spotlight on Lydia Lee / by Haley Smith

Meet Lydia Lee - Founder of Screw the Cubicle, an initiative to help others do work they love and pursue their dreams.

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Tell us about Screw the Cubicle.

Screw The Cubicle has a big mission to help empower humans who want to do bigger things in the world to get the confidence to pursue their big dreams of having more freedom to do work they love, and live a life they can be proud of.  It has become the hub for coaching, learning programs, and a community that supports professionals to transition from employee to entrepreneur. We help professionals transition to a more independent way of making a living by helping them identify what business to start with their gifts, create work that's meaningful, and launch a side hustle.

 

Why did you start it?

I started Screw The Cubicle initially as a blog,  and it was created to serve a need I didn't see available for myself when I was a corporate escapee.  There were a lot of support for business building out there, but not the special combination of helping to identify the right business ideas for each individual, and the emotional transition support that's needed when going through a career change.  I knew that I wanted to build a collective intelligence of a community that shared skills, knowledge, and help support each other to be accountable to our big goals.

 

You help people quit their jobs and find their purpose. What is an indicator that someone is in a job that is no longer serving them and they need to make a change?

ne of the biggest indicators that I experienced myself, and a lot of my own students that also revealed this, was the realization that when they looked at their superiors (bosses, colleagues who'v been there for years, etc.), we don't want to trade places with them.  At times, we get so caught up in following a particular trajectory (graduate, get the internship, climb that corporate ladder, get those promotions), we may not realize that path may not be what we want.  We may be ticking all the boxes, but it may not be leading us to the life experience we want to have.  There's also signs of dissatisfaction in the job, perhaps saying to ourselves "Is this all there is?", or feeling emotions of burnout.  These are very common signs.  Here's where we can take that pause, use this moment as an opportunity to recalibrate what we really need in creating fulfilling work, and use these insights to make more conscious decisions in how we can leverage our talents to contribute meaningfully in society.  

 

I always say in every breakdown, there's a breakthrough, if we choose to see it.  Anytime we feel a signal for change, or even at times, negative emotions of un-fulfillment, it's simply an indicator that there's something missing.  There's always so much awareness and insight we can gather from these moments, where there can be such a great opportunity to learn more about what makes us tick, and what we need to add or remove in our lives to live more purposefully.