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Business Psyche: Channeling Childhood Adversity to Success in the Boardroom | Dr. Jude Miller Burke

“We put great effort into denying our reality of what we experienced as kids.” – Dr. Jude Miller Burke

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We cannot control our upbringing.

But we can control what we do with it. So many of us were born into environments not conducive for fostering emotional or physical health. But as we grow older, we must accept the reality and begin reframing the experience as positive, a trial by fire that bestowed us a set of survival skills that we can use as a strength now as an adult.

Today, on the $mart Women Invest podcast, we are joined by Dr. Jude Miller Burke to discuss childhood adversity and how we can pierce early life trauma to be an adaptive strength in the workplace. From working as a domestic-violence therapist to an employee counselor at Honeywell, Dr. Burke has seen all walks of life in her career. She is the author of The Adversity Advantage, and today we are fortunate to learn her insights on value-systems, work-life balance, and much more.

Tune in to hear Dr. Burke’s story and join the conversation around empowering us women to own our careers.

“Younger generations are much more creative. They are not splitting the work at home by gender lines as much.” – Dr. Jude Miller Burke

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Points to Keep In Mind

  • Don’t be fooled by the stories we hear of overnight get-rich stories
    • It’s more about relationships and building long-term connections
  • Seek out a financial advisor to help you keep your investing goals on track
  • Be on the lookout for lucky opportunities in your career  
  • Studies show that 40% men/women have experienced childhood abuse, an alcoholic parent, or witnessed domestic violence
    • Turn your childhood survival skills into a strength to use in your career
  • Building social capital is paramount when building a career
  • Low-level of neuroticism is very important for success in the workplace
  • Suppressed or repressed, childhood adversity can present itself in adulthood as compromised self-confidence or a coat of shame
  • Think about your career as an opportunity to overcome your childhood adversity and build new strengths
  • Women report trying to look less feminine at work
  • 60% of women absorb the second shift at home (making lunches, cleaning, etc.)
  • High reporting of wanting to be a good parent amongst people who experienced high childhood adversity
  • Keep moving forward with your career even after you’ve had kids
  • Write the stay-at-home factor into prenuptial agreement

Guest Books and Contact

Millionaire Mystique

The Adversity Advantage

Jude Miller Burke’s Website