Name: Beatrice Gutknecht
Company/Industry: JW Hospitality Management (Bagan Star Hotel), Hotel/Hospitality
Years of Working Experience: 11
What did you want to be when you were young?
I’m still young, what are you talking about?! I was always interested in marketing, advertising, travel and hotel management – it fit together well finally.
Why do you do what you do?
It makes me happy. It gives me challenges so that I can grow – never settle! – there is not one job I’ve had that I’ve regretted because I always try to take away what are the best and worst things about the business and how my bosses lead so I know where and how to improve myself. Of course for the money too, but essentially happiness has been (and still is) my main priority and I have adjusted my career and job choices mainly on this.
Why did you choose to take up a Full-Time job and do you have any side projects?
Still in a Full-Time job actually, but when I have time I do work on my pet project of marketing design and consulting it’s because it is a passion, it makes me incredibly happy to do it as well as see the final results being used by others.
What led you here? How did you discover your passion?
Well, I have to say I have two passions (if you don’t count food and cocktails and travelling – but I somehow managed to squeeze these into my main passions too).
Marketing – Being in Myanmar you often find yourself doing not only one job when in a company (particularly in a Myanmar Company), but actually many different things because of the lack of skilled staff. So through that, I found out that I really enjoyed creating logo’s, brochures, developing good branding and marketing – like it makes me happy to actually do it (it doesn’t feel like work).
Hotel management – I was in high school about to graduate soon and they were – okay now you have to choose what you want to do for the rest of your life (I was lucky enough to have parents who didn’t force anything on me). At the time I got into a frenzied mess checking out every single job in this book they gave us full of all the jobs and seeing what called to me, finally, I chose Hotel Management – there was something about it that drew me to it.
I’ve always found myself drawn to the details involved in hospitality after I finished my degree in Bachelor of Business (International Hotel Management) I found myself checking out those details everywhere I went, hotel’s, restaurants and bars. Things that were missing, things that could be improved on or things that are being done well that I could take away. It definitely isn’t for everyone, but the happy guests make it amazing. As Robert Greene says about Mastery, you need to follow that deep inset passion you’ve had since you were a child otherwise you end up following what others want you to do, then finally when you realise you’re doing the wrong thing it’s too late – there is a younger more passionate person about to take your job or you’re already too old to change it. So I feel lucky to always try to stay true to my heart in decisions – follow your inner child!
How did you realise this work you do is something you are good at and that the market will benefit from your product/service?
I realised when people started commenting on it and that the same level of work isn’t available here just yet. For marketing, it is especially that key understanding of the unique Myanmar market and how things work here, I can give more effective advice and designs that say a generic overseas marketing campaign or from Myanmar inexperienced in the minor details person.
Would you say this job is something you pursue as a part of your passion?
Yes, everything ends up fitting very well as part of the big jigsaw.
What do you love most about your job?
My team and seeing the final results; whether it be physically or via a positive guest comment/review.
What motivates you?
I motivate myself; I always make myself push forward – no one else is going to do it for you. I try to keep focused to be stronger, better, faster (now we are getting into Kanye West lyrics here). A lot of things are not really guaranteed or can be relied upon so better just trust yourself. Only you can make your self amazing or be your own worst enemy – choose wisely.
Have you identified your ‘life purpose’? If yes, how did you do so?
Not yet, I know the things which are definitely not my “life purpose”
What is an ideal lifestyle that you want to live? Describe it
Work-Life-Travel balance, but at the end of the day it’s all about time management and setting the right kind of goals.
What is the next big milestone for you in your life?
2019 Cuba Trip!! No I’m kidding. It would be properly setting up my own business (not just doing it on the side).
How can our readers reach you?
LinkedIn is a good start 🙂