005: Choosing Career Over Love | Wendy Davis | ‘Forgetting to Be Afraid’

By Maya Mathias | Statesmen

Sometimes career pursuits lead to heartbreak.

I featured Wendy Davis’ 301-page memoir ‘Forgetting to Be Afraid’ in my last episode too.  There are just so many themes to extract from the book, especially the roller coaster that she has lived both personally and professionally.  Wendy recently lost the political race for Texas governor, and is now taking the flak from both the mass media and (one would imagine) her fellow Democrats.  All that aside, I cannot deny the hard choices that Wendy has made at every turn, and how she has a phoenix-like way of rising from the ashes each time.

And as I share in the previous episode, this isn’t a politically-motivated show.  I choose to feature a book or a guest for the universal value of their story, and I hope you can remain open about their experiences even if you don’t share their beliefs.

In this episode, I share a painful chapter in author Wendy Davis’ life, when she made the heart-wrenching choice to leave a longstanding marriage in order to fully pursue her career desires.  It’s a hard choice that we’re likely to face along the road to the executive boardroom or in the quest to build our businesses, and there are no straightforward answers either way.

I also share some thought-provoking questions about how to approach emotionally-wrought situations like this, and how you can begin to make these choices from a calmer, more considered place.


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Maya Mathias helps her clients lead with the strategic mind of a scientist, the resilient heart of a warrior and the inventive soul of an artist. Read more about Maya here.