Waypoint Insurance - Risk & Business Magazine Waypoint Insurance Magazine Winter 2017 - Page 11

A WORKAHOLIC’S LESSON him to bed. My husband and I began to question if we were going to be able to sustain the marriage, or what was left of it. It all became too much, and in early December, I went to a hotel’s 22nd floor balcony and called my husband saying I couldn’t do life anymore. On December 14, I was hospitalized for severe depression and sent to a mental hospital for six days. They took my shoelaces, my hairbrush, my hardcover books, my hoodie sweatshirt, my shampoo, and yes, my coveted iPhone. It was exactly how it’s portrayed in the movies, unfortunately. NOT HAVING ANY ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY FOR SIX DAYS WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THE BIGGEST BLESSINGS AND LESSONS FOR ME THIS YEAR. I highly recommend everyone reading this to do a technology detox, and often. And not just your phone—all technology. So, where am I today? Today, I’m in a lot of counseling and working with doctors to find the right combination of medicine to fight depression and get me back to full capacity. I’m working to mend and understand personal relationships and continue to remind myself that I don’t have people’s lives in my hand like a surgeon. I’m selling software, not trying to save a person’s life. Perspective, people. If you start thinking this way, I promise you’ll start evaluating life differently. I know I do. Here are the most important lessons I’ve learned this year after love and loss: Hug and call your family members often. You never know when it’ll be your last time. Sometimes unexpected layovers happen for a reason. Work can wait. On your deathbed, you’re not going to wish you had spent more time in the office. Remember when you lose a deal or a customer cancels a subscription that doctors and surgeons lose patients daily—PERSPECTIVE. Sometimes people are put in your life and you don’t know why. Be cautious and evaluate if they’re a blessing or a lesson. This is something I continue to evaluate. Work and value your real-life relationships, not your digital relationships. Your real-life relationships are what shape you as a person, not the digital facade you portray. Detox from ALL technology often. Be authentic and more vulnerable. Don’t just share the good; share the bad, too. My experience living with depression and seeing firsthand what goes on in a mental hospital has created a passion and fire in me to do more for the mental health community. Once I recover more, a top focus of mine will be volunteering my time with communities in this arena. Here’s to a healthy 2017—both mentally and physically—and to a more authentic, vulnerable self. + Lindsey Boggs has always been a performer, even from a young age. She started voice and piano lessons at age 7 and her entire upbringing was surrounded by music workshops, summer theatre academies and countless hours honing her craft. Through high school she won countless national awards and had the honor of singing for United States Presidents and Congressmen. Additionally, she has sung all over the globe including two tours in Europe. Lindsey set a goal in 2015 to get noticed enough that LinkedIn would ask her to speak at their sales conference, and that goal was attained. Not only did Lindsey earn a 45-minute private breakout session, but she was also was recognized for having the highest Social Selling Index (SSI) score at the conference. Having the highest SSI score at the conference came with an ultimate recognition: sharing a stage with Shaquille O’Neal and shooting free throws on stage. In 2016, Lindsey opened her own consulting business to teach sales organizations social selling practices through Interactive Webinars and Onsite Sales Workshops. In addition, Lindsey provides keynotes for conferences and sales kickoffs throughout the country. Lindsey has consulted and to companies Oracle, In presented 2016, Lindsey opened including up her own SAP, Netsuite, InterContinental Hotels consulting business to teach sales Group, SparkPost, American Airlines, organizations social selling pr