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The Power of Slowing Down

Rachel Serwetz
Rachel Serwetz
March 13, 2020
The Power of Slowing Down

In times where we have no choice but to slow down, it’s a reminder of the value in doing so. It’s a reminder that your reactions are the only thing you have control over. While so many people are rapidly forced into survival mode and are working diligently to help us all get ahead of this rampant issue, others are forced to take a pause in their work.

Take gratitude in the space you may be afforded

It’s an incredible time to reflect on your choices, what’s important to you, and changes you might like to make. In fact, for those with downtime at their jobs, it’s a great time to rip the bandaid off and try to learn something new. Moments like these help us gain perspective on what’s truly important in life — your health, your happiness, and your relationships with those you love.

Today, despite all the craziness going on, I was able to take a moment to pause and walk through Central Park which reminded me of all the positivity that can still exist in a time of such turmoil and uncertainty. The weather was gorgeous, people were (seemingly) carefree for the moment, and budding NYC musicians were reminding us of the power of music to elicit joy and calm. On my way out, an especially talented musician was playing Hallelujah, one of my favorite songs, and it reminded me of a few of the things that are universal to all humans — the power and impact of music, but also, time.

Time is the utmost constant we all share and yet it can either feel like it’s rapidly racing you by or it can feel like it’s hardly moving at all. When the world returns once again to its ever rapid pace, remember that you still choose your pace. That you are the owner of your happiness. That you are in charge of your mindset, your gratitude, your reactions, and your outcomes.

In this moment of pausing, if you’re feeling ready and open to explore your ideal career path, check out our career exploration platform!

The Power of Slowing Down

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Rachel Serwetz’ early professional experience was at Goldman Sachs in Operations and at Bridgewater Associates in HR. From there, she was trained as a coach at NYU and became a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. After this, she worked in HR Research at Aon Hewitt and attained her Technology MBA at NYU Stern. Throughout her career, she has helped hundreds of professionals with career exploration and for the past 4.5+ years she has been building her company, WOKEN, which is an online career exploration platform to coach professionals through the process of clarifying their ideal job and career path. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Binghamton University and has served as a Career Coach through the Flatiron School, Columbia University, WeWork, and Project Activate.

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