My biggest career regret & #RichCareerChallenge

Today I’ll share something that very few people know: My biggest career regret and the secret that led to my career transition aha moment. If you’re not feeling so hot about your career right now, be sure to read right till the end so you can sign up for my #RichCareerChallenge and create your confident and rich career!




2 country transitions, 5 city transitions and 3 career industry transitions later, the one thing I regret more than not figuring out my ultimate career quicker is:


All the time I wasted not living my life


I literally spent countless days being miserable and not having fun. Instead of enjoying the journey as my career plans naturally unfolded, I took it all way too seriously and always felt like I was stuck. I felt that everyone else was living their dream and I was somehow missing out! (thank goodness we didn’t have social media back then, else I’d have some serious FOMO issues.)


You see I personally made the fatal mistake of letting my unhappiness in my career completely consume me. (Spoiler alert: a lot of us do this!) 


I would complain about my job constantly. My long stressful office days sucked the life out of my soul and so I declined numerous invitations to go live and do exciting social activities at night or over weekends.  These invitations could have given me joy and also freed up brain space and creativity to help me figure out my future career sooner.


I would even push the gym to the side! In my mind I HAD to figure out what I was going to do next and I had to do it right then and there. I put way to much pressure on myself and rush home from work just to hop on the computer to try and figure it all out. I thought I could push my new career out of myself and that Google would give me the answer to my future. 


This was a massive mistake for two reasons:

  1. I was isolating myself: a sure way to make yourself even more unhappy.
  2. I was thinking that I could solve my career conundrum all by myself, locked up in my house.


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I had literally put my happiness in that present moment on a big fat HOLD. How wrong I was!


I was doing exactly the opposite of what eventually helped me have my aha moment.


The very sad part to me is that I know I’m not alone. I see so many of my friends and my career transition clients do exactly the same thing.


Urgh… it literally makes me sick to my stomach! Look, I get it – this career transition business is important stuff but you don’t have to miss out on life or fun while you’re figuring out your next career move.

And that’s exactly how my career aha eventually happened!

You see in order for you to have your light bulb moment, you need to: 

  • get and keep yourself in a positive frame of mind
  • start living your life now
  • get out and be social
  • do away with all the drama and negativity


And that’s exactly what I’ll help you do in my #RichCareerChallenge, starting Monday March 8th!


In this 10 day challenge I’ll show you:

  • how to turn your office cubicle into an inspiring confidence boosting oasis
  • the one thing you need to do daily to help you feel better about your mediocre job
  • how to shift your focus to what is working in your life and how you can make it work even better
  • set clear boundaries on how much time you spend thinking of work and your future career
  • start living a full, happy and rich life now
  • how to be more productive in your career search

The challenge starts  Monday March 8th. Interested in joining this challenge? 


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What you’ll get when you sign up: 

  1. A daily email containing a challenge of the day + inspiring quote
  2. When you follow me on Instagram @hannakeantonelli you’ll also receive daily motivation via my Instagram feed. You’ll also get a secret #hastag so you can cheer on and be part of my successful career transition movement and connect with other like-minded ladies.
  3. You’ll automatically be enrolled in my bi-weekly newsletter with more tips you need to make your successful career transition happen.


Who is this challenge for:

  • anyone who’s currently unsatisfied with their job
  • anyone planning a career transition
  • anyone feeling stuck and pressured to make their next career move quickly
  • anyone with doubts about their current career trajectory
  • anyone in the process of applying for new jobs and feeling burned out/discouraged by the job market

And don’t worry you won’t have to think about your job or future one a second longer than you already do, in fact, you’ll think of it less and accomplish more!

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Can you really have your cake and eat it too?

In the modern world that we live in, with so many amazing opportunities, it’s so easy to overeat at the success buffet, biting off more than you can chew and then being overwhelmed and unsatisfied.

Social media shows us everyone’s wins and amazing accomplishments. In magazines we read all about how celebs have it all: looks, successful acting careers, hot husbands and kids, etc… If you’re an ambitious cookie like myself, all of this may create some internal pressure to start saying yes to any and all opportunities.

That’s normally where it all goes ‘tits up’ as my British broker friends would say. In my last blog entry with Diane Daly, I loved her honest tip: “My advice to working moms or working women who are thinking of starting/expanding their family is that you can have it all – just not all at once.”

Her advice also got me thinking about a few of my favorite topics: goals, choices, balance and of course opportunities. How do you measure the right quantities of each to bake your perfect success story?


If you’re going to have your cake and eat it too, you first need to know exactly what kind of cake you’re baking. Get crystal clear on what you want for all parts of your life: your career, friends, family, fitness, health – what are all the ingredients?


Being crystal clear on what you want will help you to stay focused on your own path and stop you from comparing yourself to others. It will also be way easier to figure out what opportunities to say yes too and which ones to let go.

Here are a few questions to help you get clear and figure out your unique life cake:

What is your definition of success?

What kind of work-life-balance are you looking for?

What are your personal and career goals?

How many hours a week do you want to devote to work, fitness, family etc?

Knowing the answer to these questions will help you seek out specific companies or career opportunities that will help you land the balance you’re looking for.

Try to get as specific as possible and take time regularly to evaluate where you are, where you want to be and adjust accordingly. Remember you can have your cake and eat it too by making choices and saying yes to opportunities that are in line with your ultimate career and life goals.

Now I’d love to hear from you: are you struggling to figure out what the right steps are to take for your career? What’s making it difficult for you? Have you cracked the code to striking the perfect balance between your life and career? Tell me your insights in the comments below. Your question/comment/answer could help someone else!

Straight from the C-suite with Diane Daly

If making it to c-suite level is one of your career objectives, today’s blog entry is right up your alley! We’re getting some success tips straight from the C-suite with CCO Diane Daly.

I’m so excited to introduce you to Diane Daly.  She’s my super cool cousin-in-law, mother of 2 and CCO (chief compliance officer) for Canaccord Genuity Inc., an institutional broker/dealer.

My favorite thing about Diane is her positive outlook and zest for life! She’s also a hardcore yogi and loves a good barre class! Diane really has it all.

I asked if she’d be kind enough to share her secret tips to success with us and here’s what she had to say:


Hanneke: You’re a mother of two. What would your advice be to working moms or women who are thinking of expanding their family. How do you get it all done: work, life and kids?

Diane: My advice to working moms or working women who are thinking of starting/expanding their family is that you can have it all – just not all at once. It is impossible to give 100% of yourself to home and the office all the time. Don’t set yourself up for failure; you have to give and take from both sides. Accept help; they aren’t kidding when they say it takes an army. One thing that worked for me was getting established at a company before having children. I had the opportunity to begin to climb the corporate ladder as well as prove my work ethic before I had children. Therefore when I came back to work after maternity leave I found it easier negotiating a schedule that worked for both my boss and department, as well as my child care needs.

I don’t always get it all done, and it took me a long time to be okay with that. I have a great sitter for the kids, as well as a supportive husband, so when I can’t be there I know they are well cared for. When I am doing something with the family, I make sure to be present; be in the moment. Mornings are my time. That hour of yoga or other exercise class is my sanity!

Diane with husband Sean.

My advice to working moms or working women who are thinking of starting/expanding their family is that you can have it all – just not all at once.

H: What’s the best advice you can give ambitious ladies who hope to make the c-suite some day?

D: Set smaller goals along the way, whether they are personal or business related. Don’t try to be someone or something you are not. Be proud of who you are and what you believe in. Networking is also critical to building a professional support base. Finally, be visible. With email and social media, it is easy to turn the workplace into an impersonal environment. Every morning, make an effort to briefly walk around your office and greet people. Pick up the phone or meet with someone in their office when you can instead of sending an email.

Set smaller goals along the way…Pick up the phone or meet with someone in their office when you can instead of sending an email.

H: Did you always know that you wanted to be a career woman?

D: I always knew I wanted to be a career woman. I enjoy the challenges of solving problems, making decisions and leading a team. However, I always knew I wanted family as well. Working allows me to be my best parent to my kids and vice versa. And I believe that I am teaching my daughter how to be a strong, independent woman.

And I believe that I am teaching my daughter how to be a strong, independent woman.

H: How did you figure out what career path you wanted to take?

D: I knew I wanted to work in the business world, but coming out of college I wasn’t focused on one specific industry. I was fortunate that my first job was one that exposed me to many other business units within the company. I always welcomed the opportunity to meet with others and learn about what they were doing and how they got there. I don’t believe there is only one perfect job out there for you. As you figure out what career path you are going to choose, don’t be afraid of change or of starting over.


I don’t believe there is only one perfect job out there for you. As you figure out what career path you are going to choose, don’t be afraid of change or of starting over.

Wow – don’t you just love all her great tips? Thank you D!!

Now I’d like to hear from you: are you hoping to make the c-suite one day? Which one of Diane’s tips was most helpful to you? Tell us in the comments below! 

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