Triple T Thursday: A Leap of Faith: Meet Victoria Burse

The reception to MentorOnlineMagazine.com has been tremendous. Thank you. As promised, MentorOnlineMagazine.com brings you wise friends, advisors and mentors. I would like to introduce you to Victoria Burse, one of MOM’s new mentor experts. Victoria shares her story of discovering that sometimes it isn’t the place you are at, or the job, but it’s you who needs to change. Read and learn this valuable lesson today! Welcome, Victoria.

By Victoria Burse

I remember well, it was 12 years ago. I worked for an institute of higher learning in Georgia. I had what most would consider a good job with good pay. In fact, I had begun working only four days per week – 32 hours. I loved having the three-day weekends, and some money to spend during them. However, it was also about this time I began feeling a bit restless on the inside. I could not quite put my finger on it, but I did know it was job related. I could not determine whether or not I was tired of what I was doing, or tired of where I was doing it. I’d been employed at the university for about nine years, and really had no complaints. Either way, I was unsettled enough that I began to ask myself some serious questions, and to pray about making a change. I did so for several months, but – to no avail. It seemed like I could not come up with an answer that made that unsettled feeling go away. The truth was that I was looking for the entire picture to be drawn out in front of me, instead of being able to focus on just the “next step.”

Change

After some research, and some consultation with the other key people in my life, I decided to do the following: to leave my place of employment, and start my own business. Even though I did not know it was the right answer at the time, I did make the decision to trust what was in my heart, and take a leap of faith.  Now, 12 years later, I can say it was the best move I ever made. Why – well there are several reasons, but first let me go on with the story a bit.

While I am still an entrepreneur, I do not still operate the very first business I started. It failed. In fact, I am now on my third and fourth businesses simultaneously. My second business, a Professional Development Training Company, fared well for about four years; however, the economy went into a dive after 9-11 in New York, and the need for corporate trainers went along with it.

Full Circle

In 2004, I actually returned to the same university I had left, and am currently employed there today. Some would say, this sounds like I made a bad move, and then ended up right back where I started. Not true, here is what I have found to be the case.

A leader was being birthed within me. This preparation for leadership began with leading my own company and basically myself, because it was only me – I was self-employed. I had to learn how to manage my own time and tasks well – and especially, my finances. At the height of my time with my second business, I employed 12 contract trainers. What an experience that was. I think my greatest hurdle was learning to trust myself to choose someone to go out somewhere and represent me well. You see, I had also learned that self-employment was not what I desired, but business ownership. Now that comes along with the capacity to reproduce myself and my services; with confidence. I also had my first experience of having an employee not do such a great job for a customer, and having to deal with that aftermath. While it was one of the things that I feared the most, in the end, it was not half as bad as I had imagined it might be.

A change in ME

Last, I will say, that upon returning to the university – while many things there were exactly the same as when I left, one thing was certainly different. ME. I had changed and grown so much. I had learned to live when finances were flowing, and when they were very slow coming in. I had learned not only to take full responsibility for myself and my actions, but to do so for other persons who I was accountable for because they were a part of my staff or of my team. I had learned to lead with authority and responsibility. Now back at the university, I began to seek out leadership opportunities in that environment, while I had not in the past. In the mean time, my husband and I started a photography business that is now in its 10th year of existence and is steadily growing. Another invaluable lesson, stop treating your failures, as if they mean the end of EVERYTHING!

I’m saying all of this not to brag or promote my accomplishments in any way, but to bring out the fact that there are truly times in our life where we have to take a Leap of faith. We have a decision to make, something weighing very heavy on our hearts or minds, and for the life of us, we cannot seem to come up with the answer. Yes, at times, it is meant for us to stand still. However, there are just as many times when we must take a chance. If we never step out and try anything, true, we don’t have to worry about failure, but we will never succeed at anything either. Even when mistakes are made, and failure lifts up its ugly head, there are roads to recovery. Failure does not have to mean the end.

End your worries

Fear, anxiety, insecurity, and a whole host of other things can cause us to exist in a place of indecisiveness, and therefore procrastinate on decisions we need to make and tasks that we need to take care of. Let’s bring that to an end today. Let’s recognize that making a first step, be it a conversation, completing some research, or setting aside some finances, can give us just the peace that we need to go all the way.

 

Victoria Burse, through her extensive training in Leadership and Organizational Development aims to transform the lives of women through spiritual, personal, and professional development as CEO of her women’s outreach organization, Queens of the Kingdom.

Queens of the Kingdom is a ministry of prayer, teaching, resources and life-long partnerships, focused on assisting the women of God to live their promised life and to walk in their intended destiny as Queens. Burse hopes to instill in these Queens of the Kingdom that, whether they are aware of it or not, “God has given you the skills, gifts, and talents you need to lead virtuous and fulfilled lives, but we all need to position ourselves in settings where we can be mentored and developed in Christ.” She firmly believes that it is never too late to begin to execute your role as a Queen of the Kingdom.

Formerly, Victoria served as President and CEO of Myriad Business Solutions, Inc., which provided personal and professional development and leadership training to corporate, government, educational, and other non-profit, civic, and youth organizations. A degreed professional, Burse has worked for various educational institutions in the states of Illinois, Mississippi, and Georgia.

Donning a 20-year background in Information Technology, she has also provided professional consultation to organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Community Service in Washington, D.C. and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. She is presently employed as an IT Support Professional Supervisor at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Alongside her role at Queens of the Kingdom, Burse is the Vice President of Front Page Photography, Inc., a professional photography company specializing in shooting weddings, special events, family portraits, and commercial products.

Victoria would love to connect with you socially, please friend me on Facebook at facebook.com/Victoria Burse.  Also be sure subscribe to http://www.lady-n-waiting.blogspot.com and Victoria’s weekly “Wisdom from the Throne”

Visit http://www.queensofthekingdom.org and check out my latest book “Sabbath Songs.”

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