Former Snr. Director at Tim Hortons shares her wisdom

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

– Confucius

And this is so true! Although it doesn’t necessarily need to be a “job”. It can be an industry…. Like perhaps the food industry!

Here is my story….

I joined the Tim Hortons head office team many, many, many years ago. I didn’t have a “dream job” in mind. I didn’t really aspire to hold any particular job title. I simply wanted to be part of a reputable organization. And to serve others – to make a difference.

I did my job to the best of my abilities, as most of us do. I took my professional development very seriously. But where I gained the best learnings, experiences, memories and built professional relationships was by taking on any projects or assignments that were available to me – especially those outside of my wheelhouse. And I learned that being collaborative and helping others was far more rewarding than any solo accomplishment.

So you may be wondering if this philosophy served me… I joined Tims in an administrative position. When I left 22 years later, I was a Senior Director of Corporate Human Resources providing leadership to a super star team of 45. I planned on taking a one-year sabbatical. That turned into 3 years. Then a new passion kicked in and I became a yoga teacher. And

I have never looked back.

My advice to you…. Be passionate about what you love. Work for a company with integrity that you respect. Go for any opportunity that you find interesting, even if it is not in your wheelhouse. Find “the pony” (a future blog topic…). Work hard and play hard – ensure you have work life /home life balance (another future blog topic…). And most importantly, just have fun, be yourself and be ethical (and yet another future blog topic…). I hope you read my future blogs…. And I welcome any comments or feedback.

By Michelle Preyde