Career Lessons from Andrea Pool and Robin Roberts

Yesterday marked the anniversary (I don’t think anniversary is a good word to describe the day) of the passing of one of my dearest friends, Andrea Pool.  You might ask why I am writing about her on a Career Management blog.  The answer is that Andrea’s amazing story includes her inspiring journey in reaching her career dreams.  When I met her, she was a communications specialist with our beloved Texas A&M University. Andrea was extremely good at her job, but she always knew that there was something missing.  Then September 11, 2001 happened, and something inside of Andrea came alive.  She realized her passion for wanting to protect this amazing country.  Through the next few years, Andrea worked to pursue her dream.  Part of the details of her dream she shared with her friends and family; however, some of the details were kept private.  You see, my dear friend was preparing herself for a career with the Central Intelligence Agency.   While she could not share much of her career including her true employer, Andrea loved her work.  All of her friends knew that she was committed to her contribution to society.  She has a passion for what she was doing.  She was living her career dream.  She achieved her dream.  You can too!

Yesterday, I watched Good Morning America and listened to Robin Roberts report on her bone marrow transplant journey.  She was reporting from her hospital bed after days of preparing for her transplant.  One of her quotes resonated deeply with me.  “You’ve got to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.”  If you do not feel energized in your life, your career, or your job search, I challenge you to ask yourself if your “thinking” is the root of the problem.  Robin Roberts is focused on positive thinking in order to keep this disease and her pain from taking over her life.  Even during my dear friend’s health struggles, she consistently focused on getting back to the work she loved so much.  She refused to let her disease define her life.

No matter your challenges or frustrations, focus on your dream.  If you feel the road is too tough to travel, look for inspiration to give you that extra push.

Dreams are attainable.  You have to build your resolve to succeed.  Learn from those inspiring stories.  Take today to re-energize!



2 thoughts on “Career Lessons from Andrea Pool and Robin Roberts

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  2. Tami

    Great post, Cynthia! This is so true. My mantra is “if loving my job is wrong, I don’t want to be right”. There is usually a way to achieve your dream – if you can’t figure it out yourself, ask for guidance from trusted friends and mentors. And realize that it might take making some changes – such as accepting a lower salary or moving to another city. But it is well worth it in the end.


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