NAME: Rosie Johnson
PROFESSION: Business Owner
GOAL FOR THE YEAR: RETIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN WHEN YOU STARTED YOUR CAREER?
I wish I would have known when I started that I could just be ME; that if I would have done that from the very beginning, I would have achieved more.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR WOMEN ENTERING YOUR FIELD?
Be yourself, whether you are just beginning or not. Follow your instincts, give it your all. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Once, when I didn’t think I had anything useful to offer anyone in this field (Auto Industry) an Adjuster told me, “Rosie, I want you to be on this committee because when you speak people listen. You say everything very simple but always heartfelt. It is important for others to hear it that way.” I later thought about it and realized that I had been told that before. It took a really long time for me to understand - I am a simple person, and I genuinely care what others are going through and how they feel. People seem to understand that about me without my trying.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU THINK IS MISSING FROM YOUR CAREER FIELD RIGHT NOW?
No, I’m very comfortable with what I do and I know that it makes a difference if I am here or not. My biggest strength is that I bring a personal touch to a business that is predominantly male. In our business, men believe that everything is cut and dried and should be all business; however, a success for me is proving that even the toughest customer appreciates and responds to respect and kindness.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU "BELONG" IN YOUR CAREER FIELD?
"Belong" is a strong word. I'd rather say that I feel that my career has worked for me. It has given me the flexibility that I needed in life. From raising 3 children and getting them to all their sports/activities, to later when we needed time to care for our parents.
WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER ASPIRATIONS? LIFE ASPIRATIONS? HOW DO YOU BLEND THE TWO?
I never had serious career aspirations. Nursing was always something I wanted to do, but, over the years I always found reasons or excuses not to pursue it. I don’t think I was necessarily lazy about it, but it always seemed like something got in the way. At first I was scared to pursue it, worried about failure. Later, the time commitment was overwhelming. Later, I just let it go. I always felt if I only could choose one thing to do really well, it would be being a “mom”. As my children matured and I watched all of them be fearless in their choices, I decided that I had done something worthwhile.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE WHEN YOU STARTED YOUR CAREER?
WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING THROUGH THE CHALLENGES?
Knowing I am right and holding true to who I am. If I were to give anyone advice it would be to be yourself and if you can be a leader do it. I think it is so important to have principles and live up to them. My Dad once told me that in life it really doesn’t matter what you choose for a field, but when you work, do your best and be proud of what you accomplish. My Dad was a Custodian - but in that field he was a rock star. All the teachers and the kids loved him. They knew that he would do whatever needed to be done without complaint and always had a smile for everyone. He never felt “less than” because he was a janitor. What an achievement!
WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
WHAT GIVES YOU ENERGY?
Spending time with family. If I can’t have my whole family there to do it, quality time with Mike (my husband).
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION?
Plane - because if I am on a plane, it means I am on vacation!
HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME?
I believe you just have to make time. I have found that during my most stressed out moments I can be revived by stepping back, taking 15 minutes of alone time, and doing something that is comforting to me.