Not many years ago, I was doggedly working on my management career in a global corporation.
I was a classic workaholic, desperately wanting to succeed at my job, that my own ambition stood in my way.
Stubborn and competitive.
I completely forgot about my work-life balance, ultimately started to disrespect my body, health, and nutrition and at some point, found myself on a direct road to burnout.
I admitted to myself that something needs to change.
In the middle of my weight loss and rebalancing journey, I fell in love with Zumba.
The concept helped me improve my fitness and injected me with tons of good vibes, even changing my mindset and how I react to situations that used to frustrate me.
I wanted to share this experience with my colleagues and teams and started looking for a Zumba instructor to offer corporate classes in our company.
And suddenly it hit me, why can’t this actually be me?
This was 2.5 years ago. Best decision I ever made.
Today I’m grateful to be part of a unique and highly empowering global fitness community.
I’m teaching several classes per week, organizing charity fitness events, and meeting new people every day.
And the best part: this was never in the way of my job or my career.
On the opposite, becoming an instructor helped me to grow into a better person, manager, and leader.
Yet, I’m leading a double life as a Zumba instructor and commercial director.
Different roles, same values.
I often hear that this combination is odd.
Also, I better not reveal both sides to my team, customers, or students because they won’t take me seriously.
Yet, I believe in authentic leadership and competence, and I let my followers judge.
Becoming an instructor taught me more about leadership, motivation, discipline, and community building than any other management training.
So why shrink or hide yourself to fit into someone else’s mindset?