Day after day, millions sit at jobs that make them unhappy. What’s the best job for me? Can I truly be happy at work? Career coach Marion E. Brooks has written the book to answer those questions. His What You Don’t Know Is Hurting You: 4 Keys To A Phenomenal Career is making major noise and we had the opportunity to dive in deeper with the author.
Please tell us about yourself.
I’m an internationally certified executive coach, keynote speaker, business executive, entrepreneur, and Best-selling author of What You Don’t Know Is Hurting You: 4 Keys To A Phenomenal Career. I have more than 20 years of experience building and leading award-winning teams in one of the top medical companies in the world, including a team that generates nearly $1 billion dollars in annual sales. I was the first African-American man in the organization to hold the title, Head of Marketing, and was recently promoted to Vice President & US Country Head role. I have a BA in Marketing and an MBA in Management.
All of that sounds great today, but if you know where I come from, none of those accomplishments would have seemed possible. I was discounted and counted out early in life because of my family situation. My mother was a single parent with three children by three different fathers. My father has 11 children by 10 different women. My grandparents took in my sisters, brother, me and raised us. I remember one time, there were some people over visiting and I overheard one of them ask about my parents. When they told them whose child I was, I heard them say, “Oh, he doesn’t have a chance; he’ll never be anything.” I went into another room and was crying. My grandmother came and asked me what I was crying about. I told her I didn’t want to get in trouble but I heard what they said about me and I didn’t understand why they said it. I asked if it was something I had done to make them say that. My grandmother said, ‘You know, people will put their limitations on you, but it only matters if you accept them.’ She told me, ‘There are no limits on anything you want to be. The only limits are the ones you accept. I’m a black woman born in 1915 and I went to college. You’re going to go to college and far beyond”.
Where did the idea for “What You Don’t Know Is Hurting You: 4 Keys to A Phenomenal Career” come from and why did you feel it was the perfect time to release it?
The idea for the book was birthed when I was working with a young woman in major media who came to me for coaching. She had a new boss that she believed was trying to get rid of her. She had been with the organization for over a decade and had always received good reviews but this was different. I worked with her for six months. During that time she received two promotions and her “bad boss” got fired. I had nothing to do with her boss getting fired (lol). In the end, she said, ”You have to write a book. I didn’t know what I didn’t know and it was hurting me. I had no idea because no one told me, you’re going to help so many people”. That’s where the title comes from.