Post written by Kerry Glakeler, Brand Manager at Durvet, Inc.
Hello my name is Kerry and I’m a horse addict! Yes, it’s true… when I come across anything that has to do with a horse, I’m immediately in my happy zone.
I grew up with horses as an important part of my life and was only horse-free for a short period of time…and boy was that boring! I eventually gave in to my feelings of withdrawal and became a happy horse owner again after one very long year. I haven’t been able to kick the habit since.
In fact, I decided to follow my passion and bought a company that made wound care and grooming products for horses, Aloe Advantage. It was truly a great fit because I loved sales, marketing, product development, horses and (for the most part) the horse owners!
I’ve been fortunate to expand working in my passion field with Durvet, who bought Aloe Advantage. As Brand Manager for Pet, Equine and Hobby Farm categories, one of my favorite parts of my job is looking for and working with new vendors to bring their products to market through the Durvet distributor network.
I know how hard it can be as an entrepreneur and nothing brings me joy like making good things happen for others…human or animal!
When I’m not on the road with Durvet, I love to find project horses. A project horse is one that someone else has seen as an issue-horse, but I love the challenge of figuring that issue out. Just as people can be misread or misplaced in their job, so can a horse. I think about the areas of my job that I love and those areas that set off immediate anxiety. I look at what my strengths and weakness are and try to find a way to re-channel the weakness into a strength.
And the same applies to horses. Would you be happy if you were forced to do a job that you hated, found no pleasure in, and that was centered more around your weaknesses and fears than your strengths?
You have to listen to your horse and watch closely to see what issues are superficial and which are core weaknesses. What issues can be worked on and easily fixed vs. those that that might take a lot of time to fix but the payoff might not be worth it?
My husband Steve and I love foxhunting. Yes, all dressed up in the traditional English attire, galloping horses across the countryside, jumping fences as we follow the hounds in pursuit of a foxes or coyotes.
A few years ago we bought a horse that physically should have been a great fox-hunter but mentally it’s not her cup of tea (or bucket of grain!) We tried her in a new job that was in a controlled environment, predictable, and included a much more pampered life…a show horse performing in the arena.
She went from a wild, cranky maniac to a calm, happy, very successful show horse! For me, I would be bored in that type of arena, but for others that’s the perfect fit.
What about you? What is your perfect job fit? Do you have the right people doing the jobs they are best suited for?