From poverty, to 30 years in the cubicle, to free!
August 7th, 2012 by Agent Kevin Miller
Sounds like a movie or book intro…”She came from poverty, worked her way up into the corporate world, then on into her heart and freedom.” And you’d expect some hard charging, aggressive, authoritative person…
But I know Brenda Dunagun up close and personal. She’s an introvert. She’s humble. She doesn’t like to take credit for much. And yet I’ve been at the receiving end of her wisdom, strength and heart. Matter of fact, I’m not sure my business would still be going today if not for her.
She’s my business manager, and she is a rockstar in my life, and my family’s. And everyone who I’m connected to through work. And a great, great testimony to someone who believed in more and made it to free agency.
So how does one go from eating out of dumpsters when their father left, getting up into the corporate world with a ‘good job’, but one that is sucking the life out of you, and then on to your own business helping others with your giftings?
The fun part here is that she’s still in the midst of her growing story. Brenda and her husband Tim are soon closing on their home and embarking on a journey, not entirely sure where they will end up (though they’re pretty confident it’s Florida!).
Brenda and Tim are baby boomers and showcase a growing number who are not satisfied with merely padding their lives and slowly coasting into a retirement home and assisted living. They want to experience true life and inspiration and live out their values.
You’ll find lots to relate to in Brenda’s story:
- She spent 30 years in a cubicle,
- Over time, people were fired and she got their job duties…finally doing 5 jobs for the pay of one,
- Her last job was in a corporate legal department where she found herself heading up a corporate fitness center, marketing management and aspects of an industrial hygienist.
“They’d give me the project, I’d streamline it and get rewarded with other people’s work.”
In a nearly abusive work situation, she one day stated, “I’m not working through lunch, I’m GOING to lunch.” Eating in her car she heard Dave Ramsey interviewing Dan Miller. In a drawing, her name was picked to receive some personal coaching from Dan. Through that she became a member of Free Agent Academy and…you’re hearing the rest of the story.
Today she knows her purpose is to connect, create and teach. And through her experience as a youth where her single mom cared for the family, she supports other single moms by subcontracting work to them. She’s all heart.
Her ending counsel on the show was, “Listen for a prompting [in your heart] to help someone with your gifts. Not just doing anything, but doing what you can uniquely offer.”
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