Mimi Boyer of Happy on Monday’s on Investing in Self Awareness and Asking Yourself “Why”
Mimi Boyer is the Founder of Happy on Mondays, a movement that is on a mission to ignite a spark in people so they become the best version of themselves. Mimi is an accomplished sales professional who has worked with some of the world’s most recognized consumer brands. She is a passionate advocate for people and is driven to help organizations build stronger teams and shape an amazing culture.
Looking back five-ten years, where did you think you’d be by this point in your career? How did you get here?
To be completely honest, I didn’t have a clear plan when I finished school. Although I majored in marketing during my Masters, I ended up working in sales at Coca-Cola once I graduated because it felt natural to join their dynamic sales team. After being at Coke for a couple of years, I moved to Ferrero and had the privilege of experiencing different sales roles there. I started as a sales analyst and moved up to the point where I was managing national accounts. If I kept going with that, I would have been on a sales leadership path but I ended up realizing that where I was going wasn’t the right fit. That being said, I have always been ambitious and set out to be a leader in whatever it is that I do.
Tell me about Happy on Monday’s. What is it all about and what journey are you on?
Happy on Monday’s is a movement that is meant to inspire others to do what they are truly passionate about so they start living their best life. With my own experience, I’ve found that a lot of people are asleep in their careers and go through the motions without thinking about if they are truly engaged and happy with what they are doing. They don’t ask themselves the right questions and aren’t in touch with who they really are. In a nutshell, Happy on Monday’s is about helping people find their inner light and raising that up so that everyone can be happy seven days a week and not just on the weekend.
What made you realize that you needed to make a career change? How did you go about it?
My “ah ha!” moment came when I was traveling for business a few months ago and was reading a book about entrepreneurship. The book made me ask myself a number of very tough questions about whether I was happy with where I was. I came to realize right there that I was not really living 7 days a week. In retrospect, I was actually depressed and didn’t love what I was doing. I was never satisfied. I was always looking for the next promotion or the next thing but that never really brought fulfillment in my life. I always found myself wanting more money but I didn’t know why. I felt that would help me buy more things which would fill the lack of satisfaction I felt from my job. I was worried more about how others perceived my success than how I actually felt about my success.
Despite this realization, I didn’t just go and quit. I sat down with my husband, made a plan around what we were going to do and slashed a lot of the expenses of our lifestyle. We ended up moving back in with my parents in order to save money for six months while things worked themselves out. It wasn’t easy, but I couldn’t have kept living my life the way I was previously.
What have been some of the most important business lessons that you have had to learn the hard way? How have they made you more successful?
I had to learn the hard way that I spent 6 years of my career totally asleep. I didn’t know who I was. Not knowing myself and not asking myself some very critical questions made me make decisions based on what others considered to be normal or correct without thinking about what I should be doing for myself.
I was always trying to fit in, be what people were expecting me to become. The lesson I learned recently is that you should always stay true to yourself, don’t try to be someone you’re not. Having a strong personal brand will make you unique and extremely successful.
So why don’t people invest in their own self-awareness?
When we are in school, we are taught to think about the work that we want to be doing but not the person who we want to be and what actually motivates us. We tend to look at career options from an outside perspective in terms of things like lifestyle, schedule, perks, potential income, sense of challenge and progression but ultimately, you spend a lot of time turning yourself into someone who really isn’t you. School teaches you about what you want to be doing, not why you want to be doing it.
What does leadership look like to you? What makes a great leader?
I believe that leadership is all about soft skills. You need to be people oriented and really take the time to understand and care for your team. It’s about making those people the best versions of themselves, whatever that ultimately is. Leadership is not about you. It is always about igniting that spark in the people who are around you.
What would be your one piece of advice for those in the workforce today to get ahead and find work that is fulfilling?
I would start by advising people to get to know themselves really well. Take some time, sit down with yourself and write down your values and what you want to bring to the world. If you do that, everything immediately becomes clearer because you suddenly have a filter that you can use to make decisions that align with who you are and what you want to create. There is no easy way to find your perfect job.
Realizing that you are unhappy in your current job is a start, but don’t automatically think that starting your own business will be the solution. An unfulfilling job does not always mean you are in the wrong company. That is only the case if your company’s values don’t align with yours. There could always be a different role in the same company that might fit you better. Once you find out who you are and what you want, that’s when you’ll be able to shine the most and bring your best self to the world. Having a clear purpose will make you unstoppable and extremely valuable.