This article was provided by Jen Jortner Cassidy, Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn Learning &

I’m back from an amazing vacation, which afforded me almost two weeks away from the office. I know that there are different schools of thought regarding working during vacations. Some people like to try to remain connected and keep on top of things, while others like me choose to completely disconnect. While there are pros and cons to each, I still choose to disconnect whenever possible. The con to it being a good deal of stuff to catch up on after the vacation ends. So that is where I have been for the past few days, leaving little time for learning.

During the mad rush of catching up, what I did feel that I needed was some inspiration. So I was pleased to discover our new Influencer course called How I Got Here. This course shares the stories of eight influential leaders showing their perseverance, dignity, and strength. I was especially inspired by the story of Mandy Gonzalez, who is currently starring in Hamilton on Broadway. I’ve always been grateful for having had the opportunity to participate in the arts throughout my education, as it taught me resilience, discipline, and balance.

How about you? What inspired you this week? What did you learn?