“We don’t think about our personal strategies.” Bourgeois recommends using a blueprint, where you write down your life and professional visions, assess your skills, abilities, relationships and current situation and determine what needs to happen for you to connect the dots.

“Success doesn’t come because we dreamed it up or because someone is going to knight us,” says Bourgeois.

“You need to have clarity, on a granular level, about what you plan to do to reach your goals.

‘Once you have it, you feel centered, you can make choices that align with your plan, and you are empowered. You don’t feel that someone else is in charge of your future. You feel that you are.”