It was a sunny, summer day in August, 2013. I was sitting on the balcony of our hotel room in St Thomas, sipping my morning coffee and enjoying a moment of solitude along with the most breathtakingly beautiful view of clear turquoise water and white sandy beaches you can imagine, when I heard God whisper in my ear, “you’re a prophetic business teacher.”
It was more than 10 years earlier that I’d made the decision to leave the world of corporate finance because I was exhausted and frustrated. I was tired of leading publicly traded organizations in their efforts to deliver ever-increasing financial results, no matter what the cost. And I was frustrated by the disconnect I felt between my desire for personal fulfillment and the hard work I was doing every day.
I left the world of big business and corporate finance to focus on being a mother and a wife. Looking back, now I know there was more significance to my decision than the opportunity it gave me to refocus on the thing that matters most – my family. It was the tipping point for doing what I call “my life’s work.” In that process, I discovered my intrinsic purpose and stumbled upon the following truth about business: business is spiritual.