• Taylor Bockenstedt, Marketing

Kick-Starting Growth + Success

Too often, we see other’s experiencing great success and wonder “How do they do it?” or “What are they doing that I am not?” And although I am in the beginning stages of my career, I have acquired many tools that have helped me develop as a professional as well as a person. If I had to break it down to just three things, I will tell anyone the key to kick-starting success is found by discovering your passion, your people, and your purpose.


Find your passion. Finding a career that lights a fire within you and motivates you to do better each day is an essential part of living a happier life. If you are constantly spending your Sunday night’s dreading the workweek ahead and going into the workplace each day with a negative mindset – you have not found your passion. Sometimes finding your passion can be influenced by those you surround yourself with. For example, I was able to grow up observing and learning the “ins and outs” of my family’s farming operation, which has influenced me to work hard and someday pass those values and lessons learned to my children. These experiences growing up have had a direct impact on my goals and the type of professional I am today. I have found a passion for being a leader, developing and implementing new processes, as well as learning how successful businesses are structured and operated. These are the things that motivate me each day to wake up and show up for not only myself, but for my team at MTS as well.


Find your people. One of my favorite motivational speakers, Jim Rohn, famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. We are all greatly influenced (whether we want to admit it or not) by those who are closest to us. These relationships impact the way we think, how we feel, as well as the decisions we make each day. Finding positive and supportive individuals who share similar goals is critical to our success as professionals. However, it is also important to surround yourself with people who are willing to offer constructive criticism and brutal honesty to ensure that you are always developing and growing as a human. Criticism and growth can be extremely uncomfortable, but I have found that the times where I have been pushed out of my comfort zone have yielded some of the greatest successes I have ever experienced. When I started at MTS in 2019, I knew I had found my dream job but I was not aware that I would also gain the support of some extremely influential individuals who have helped shape me into the person I am today.


Find your purpose. Finding your purpose. What is it and how do I find it? Throughout the last year I have begun to focus on figuring out what my purpose is and have realized that it is an essential factor in all aspects of life. To put it in different terms, the first question you should ask yourself is “what makes your life and career meaningful?” Discovering your passion, actively listening to feedback, and surrounding yourself with positive people are all great ways discover what makes your life and career meaningful. As you experience the ups and downs of life, you will soon realize what your strengths and weaknesses are, and maybe those strengths are what fuel your purpose in life. Just to name a few, I have found my purpose in being a kind human, offering help or a listening ear to others, and giving back to the community I was raised in. Regardless of whether it is in your professional or personal life, finding your purpose is something that can change and develop throughout your entire lifetime.


I am very grateful to be a part of the team at MTS and to have peers that push and motivate me to do better, and to be better. Since I joined this growing and innovative company I have been able to find my passion, my people, and my purpose.

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