Recently I shared on Facebook about how I was cooking dinner and reading a long legal document that had to do with a new data privacy regulation that affects many businesses.
What I did not share was that the regulation involves technology and cyberspace. It was not part of my legal education.
More than five years ago, I became a Certified Information Privacy Professional. I studied to become certified. I took the exam. To the glory of God, I passed it.
What is data privacy? You have heard of FTC (Federal Trade Commission) that protects America’s consumers. Right?
I won’t go into too much detail here about the meaning of data privacy and all that stuff. It is not the reason for this blog post. However, these will stir your interest and point you to a brief understanding:
- Have you heard of recording people’s conversations without their consent and the consequences?
- What about online marketers collecting personal data of children under 13?
- What about signing up to join email lists (opt-in)? Do you know what is done with the data?
- What about “privacy policies” on websites? Do you ever read them?
- Those are just some aspects of it. I’ll leave that alone for now. That’s not the reason for this post.
Why am I sharing it and who cares?
This is for that mother out there who thinks she cannot do it and raise children at the same time.
If I can do it, you certainly can do it.
When I was studying for the test, our children were 8, 4 and 2. One child was in elementary school and the other two were home. Well, I won’t explain how that went. Little children need attention and you must give it to them. You know what that meant with my schedule.
But how did I organize myself?
I studied when they were asleep, continued with ministry, blog posts, begged the kids to keep quiet when doing teleseminars [taking business calls or doing phone interviews], mommy 24/7, wife 24/7, pastor 24/7, etc.
I did not have a family member nearby to run to for help with the kids while I handled business. I did what I needed to do.
I am sharing this to encourage you to GO AND DO WHAT YOU MUST DO. Don’t talk yourself out of God’s abundant blessing for your life because:
- You don’t want to study.
- Too old.
- No help.
- What am I going to do with my children?
- Too far away; not going there.
- Don’t like those people.
- Can’t change career; too much hassle.
What should you do?
If you believe that you can, you certainly will do it. You are very qualified to start and finish.
This is your life. Your destiny is different. Your case is different. Strive to be better and purposefully enjoy it.
Shift from “comme ci, comme ça” to excellent. Don’t stop learning. It’s a big world out there and your expertise is needed.
Get a new certification. Don’t mess up your continuing education credits. LEARN. WRITE. TALK. Be fearless. Go for it.
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Belinda is a Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Consultant, Corporate Trainer (leadership, culture, diversity and inclusion, cyber privacy and security awareness), Writer, and International Speaker with a unique blend of law and technology. She is a digital entrepreneur, author, ordained pastor, mentor to women ready to impact their generation and host of Destiny Chats podcast. For consultation, click here and invitation to speak, click here