Embrace Your Destiny

Episode 016: Bunmi Akinnusotu & rediscovering her worth

November 11, 2018

About Bunmi:

Bunmi Akinnusotu is a first-generation American who spent countless hours listening to her Nigerian relatives argue and debate world politics. Though born and raised in the rebel state of Rhode Island, the idea of a world outside of America has always been part of her consciousness and is the motivation behind her podcast, What in the World. She's got lots of degrees, worked for amazing organizations, and smiles at a dope Excel spreadsheet. Bunmi is a recovering collegiate volleyball player, the world's biggest Nina Simone fan and still has a love affair with Chicago. While she's busy trying to become America's first Nigerian-American Ambassador, she works at a small, international affairs non-profit in Washington, DC.

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00:05 - Podcast introduction

00:33 - Introduction to Bunmi 

01:33 - Bunmi shares her journey

07:11 - White House offers tools to help staff with job transition

08:47 - An abundance of job seekers makes things difficult

12:17 - Feelings of not being good enough start to show up

13:58 - Low self-esteem shows up in job interviews

16:18 - What it means to be a responsible adult

17:34 - You can do everything right and still not be in control of the outcome

25:14 - Job rejection leads to seclusion

26:04 - Bunmi's biggest lesson

28:13 - We can't blame ourselves for things we can't change

33:02 - Bunmi humbles herself and accepts a job to survive

37:00 - Remember to be kind and gentle to yourself and others

38:22 - Bunmi shares her advice for job seekers

44:30 - Don't tell people you're applying for jobs!

51:49 - Timing is everything

52:10 - Loosen your grip on life!


About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family, her partner Satnam and her dog Lulu. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

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