Category: Associate Development and Engagement, Conferences and Events

What do you want to be when you grow up?


Every year a number of Boston Financial associates attend the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Being the largest conference of its kind in the country, the event hosts a number of prestigious speakers and packs a full agenda of educational break-out sessions.

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts recapping the experiences our associates had at the event.


successWhat do you want to be when you grow up? That’s a question kids around the world are asked every day. The answers usually range from astronaut to police officer and veterinarian to teacher. Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were 6? Though your dream job has probably changed since then, you should still think big and go for it. Easier said than done, right?

Year after year, our associate survey at Boston Financial shows that our employees want to continuously develop, learn, and grow. Many companies, like Boston Financial, play a part in satisfying that need by offering programs that support professional development. However, you are responsible for your own career path. You are the driving force behind your success. Are you going for it?

On December 10, I had the privilege of listening to the Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o at the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Nyong’o provided her perspective on how to achieve your dreams and get to where you want to be. I was struck by Nyong’o’s humility. She was so appreciative of her success, but it was also clear that she worked hard to get where she is. For Nyong’o, every achievement lays the groundwork for the next step in her journey.

Nyong’o believes that goals should be big, seemingly unachievable and out of reach. To make the journey to achieving these goals less daunting and hopeful, she provided the following advice:

  • Articulate your goal to yourself and write your dreams on paper- don’t underestimate the power this has. Writing your thoughts on paper make them real. Be specific and describe what you want so you can set a clear path to get there. Define your measure of success.
  • Recognize the fear- fear can stop you in your tracks. Don’t let it. Embrace it and use it to set your plan.
  • Reach out to your advocates- talk about your fears to the people who support you. Lean on your mentors, managers, family, and friends; they can talk you out of your fears. Talking it through will help you keep moving toward your goals.
  • Ask yourself questions and listen for the answers all around you.
  • Breath and meditate – be still with your thoughts and feelings.
  • Allow failure to be an option- don’t let the fear of failure stop you. Go for it!
  • Step forward and repeat it all!

As you progress through your career, don’t miss out on opportunities. Take risks and learn new lessons. Getting to success by learning and growing will always be hard work. It may never get comfortable, but if you keep at it, it will become familiar. So go for it, opportunities are waiting for you!

Donna Bean

Donna Bean

Donna is a Senior Human Resources Consultant and began her career with Boston Financial over 20 years ago. Over the course of the her Boston Financial career, Donna has held various progressive human resources and project management responsibilities. In her current role, Donna focuses on variety of human resources and corporate initiatives including Boston Financial’s annual associate engagement survey, corporate policy review, and associate communications and relations. Donna is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.


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  1. Linda Nelson

    Wonderful article Donna!

    Thank you so much for sharing this great experience
    and Nyongo’s checklist for success. There’s so many
    great takeaways, but two really resonate for me:

    Talking your goals through with your mentor
    Writing your goals and dreams down on paper

    I’ve had a few phenomenal mentors in my life.
    Years ago, I was fortunate enough to have a mentor
    who helped me find out what I really wanted to do for
    a career. Shortly after that, I became part of the training
    profession. That was seventeen years ago, and I still
    love what I do today.

    Writing down goals and dreams can really turn them
    into a reality. I don’t what it is about the activity (for me
    at least). Somehow, when I see them on paper, they
    turn from thoughts into something a more concrete, like
    a mini plan of action.

    Thank you so much for sharing your takeaways from the


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