How does an entrepreneur keep it moving? Orakel Marketing’s top Recruiter has one tip- be kind. Amanda Lane has been on our team through the most difficult year we’ve seen, and through it all she remains just as positive.
At just twenty-one-years-old, Amanda Lane has lived quite a life. Along the way, she has picked up valuable keys to success and learned more than some will in their entire lives. How did she find her way to Orakel Marketing? We’ll let her tell you; better yet, we’ll let her share her story with you.
What do you remember about growing up?
“I grew up on a farm in Ohio with my mom. At fifteen, I moved to live with my dad until I graduated high school. Growing up, I never considered myself a people-person or even someone who liked talking to others I didn’t know. I had always imagined my career focusing on working with animals. It’s always been my passion. I always dreamt of being a zookeeper. I eventually worked at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in 2018 where I cared for the ponies, and learned that this wasn’t the job for me.”
What did you do after high school?
“I spent a year at Presbyterian College before leaving and joining the workforce. I think my year in college was essential because it showed me that opportunity isn’t solely reliant on having a degree, like most of us are raised to believe. Taking my life into my hands by dropping out of college was one of the biggest decisions I’ve made in my adult life; and I wouldn’t take it back if I could. By delving into what I really wanted from my life, I realized that if I was going to achieve my goals, I needed to reassess them and figure out what I wanted to do with my life rather than what would pay the bills or look good on my resume.”
Are you a competitive person?
“I competed in cross country throughout my childhood, and would have continued into college if I hadn’t developed knee and hip issues due to the level of stress I was putting on my joints. Being part of something that’s completely reliant on my work ethic, physical strength, and mental strength was powerful in developing the ‘no excuse mentality’ I have to this day. I bring an incredible work ethic and desire to be the best I can possibly be.”
How has your career grown since starting at the company?
“The development I’ve experienced as I’ve learned what it takes to be a leader has been empowering and life-changing. Having guidance from successful businessmen and women and being given the tools to forge my own success has put me on a path destined for greatness. I am passionate about doing good for the sake of doing good; especially for animals. My overall goal in life is to do more good in my life than bad; so when a feral cat finds her way to my porch with her litter of kittens, I won’t even hesitate before I do everything in my power to keep her safe, simply because it’s the right thing to do.”
How has your business and career been affected by the COVID-19 crisis?
“I feel as though the break we’ve had to take in 2020 gave me the opportunity to breathe when I didn’t even know I needed it. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow personally and professionally through the end of the year, and to start 2021 knowing we can get through anything.”
What is your favorite thing about working in the business industry?
“Working in the business world has shown me that even in a field full of educated and successful people, I can fit in without a degree or any previous experience. My favorite thing about being in this industry is showing others that they don’t have to fit any particular mold to be successful; they just have to put in the work.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
“There’s a balance between the fear of disappointing those who count on me to succeed, and wanting to do more good in the world than bad. To do that, I get up every day and do my best! In five years, I see myself as both a business owner as well as a reputable recruiter. By that point, I will have hopefully established my own business as well as my reputation as a recruiter and business partner like no other. There is no way to track your growth unless you track it. If you’re looking to start a career; take note of everything! Being able to see how your plans and skills change and adapt over time will show you more than only the newest results can ever reveal. In short, that’s why I get up and go to work every morning.”
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment to date?
“When I was working as a veterinary assistant, I was able to rehome a dog that was due to be euthanized within the week. Saving Shyla and helping find her a home where she could be herself and be loved for the rest of her life was very moving for me. It made me realize that one person really can make a difference.”
Who inspires you?
“As a middle school teacher in today’s world; my mom is faced with many challenges that I couldn’t imagine facing on a daily basis. Getting up early to care for the cows and chickens on the farm before doing everything in her power to help these kids reach their full potential, regardless of how little they want to invest in themselves is powerful. She is a strong woman that I strive to be more like in my daily life. No matter what life throws her way, you will never hear her say she ‘can’t’ do something. That word is simply not in her vocabulary.”
How do you define success?
“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to truly define success, but when I am physically and financially capable of caring for my family’s wants and needs while living a life I love, I’d consider myself successful.”
Amanda Lane is not only a rockstar recruiter, loving daughter, animal empath, and aspiring entrepreneur; she is also a great friend. Here at Orakel Marketing, we feel lucky to work alongside Amanda each day and look forward to her future with us and beyond. She is always there to encourage and motivate her team members, old and new. One of her most famed motivators is as follows, “the only person who can determine what you can and can’t do is you, so whether you believe you can succeed or not, you’re right.” Even after a tough year, the future is bright with Amanda Lane on the team.