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Dr. Grace Lee

CAREER MENTOR & EDUCATOR

Dr. Grace Lee is a career mentor & educator, speaker, and neuroscience expert helping career-driven professionals joyfully earn more, be more, love more and have more in their work and life. 

She is on a mission to redefine modern education, teaching men and women how to unlock true vocational confidence and master their professional destinies. 

With a 10-year background helping professionals advance their careers, Dr. Grace has deep empathy for those from very humble beginnings. 

Her personal journey from being orphaned with no support since the age of 10 provided the backdrop to develop resilience and resourcefulness to survive and then thrive.

"No matter what your educational or vocational background, behind every success there is a mountain of obstacles and an ocean of unfavorable odds. Everything looks like a failure halfway through. Progress often disguises itself as problems when in fact it is evidence of growth and improvement."

Dr. Lee has established herself as a leading motivational and informative speaker. 

She is founder of Career Revisionist – a global movement of professionals who are creating an inspired, purposeful, and abundant life.

She also shares her wealth of knowledge on her YouTube Channel and her Career Revisionist Podcast.   

Very Humble Beginnings
Growing up, I was withdrawn and fearful, with an unshakable despair and a feeling that somehow others had all the advantages that gave them resources that I couldn’t access to succeed at life. 

At my lowest point, I was 10 years old, without a place to call home, and survived on $2 a day in tips working in a restaurant. My life's purpose was centered on saving these coins for a future that I couldn't envision. 

I wasn't born into this environment though. 

My earliest childhood years were in Hong Kong, and as a young child I was filled with happiness under the thoughtful care and love from my mother. 

She was also my best friend, cheerleader, and provider. My father was absent much of the time and I didn't have a relationship with him, but as a child I never gave it a second thought.
Rock Bottom
My life changed when she died from severe brain trauma in a head-on car collision on my 9th birthday. 

I sustained terrible injuries. 

The collision dislocated and fractured two vertebrae in my neck, and broke both my wrists. I wore a halo brace for several months and learned to walk again on severely atrophied legs while carrying loads of metal on my head and shoulders. 

The following year on my 10th birthday, my father remarried and started a new family. 
He told me he was no longer able to care for me, so I had to get resourceful to support myself emotionally and financially. 

It destroyed my self-image and my confidence since I believed that this was happening because I was unlovable and worthless. Many cold nights I roamed the streets looking for shelter or some place of escape and often I thought if I committed suicide no one would know or care.
Ticket to Freedom
I started working in the family-owned restaurant when I was 11 as a waitress and cashier. 

Although I wasn’t paid a salary to work there, I enjoyed being in the company of my customers and collecting tips from the table as my earnings for the day. 

When I was 14, I met a nice couple who came to the restaurant and invited me to follow them home and stay with them for as long as I needed. I followed them home after they settled their bill and to this day I credit them for saving my life. 

They provided me a place to call home and instilled in me a sense of security that I had lost and almost forgotten after losing my mother. 

Above all, they gave me love when I had nothing. 
Two years later, I learned to begin to trust their love and the care they offered. Then my mind was finally free to think about other things. I became acutely aware that I was responsible for the rest of my life and developed a deep burning desire for a better future. 

One where I would have my own home, be independent, and give back to these wonderful people who gave me a second chance.
I learned to support myself by searching for and practicing basic principles of life. 

The only way I knew how to achieve that vision was act in accordance with what I’ve been told: go to school, get good grades, then get a safe and secure job. 
I didn’t have any financial support, so I had to get resourceful to find a way to fund myself to my dreams.
  
That's how I was convinced that my education was my ticket to freedom. So I raised my standards and made an intention to be happy with my answers to questions I couldn't form before.

You know how they say that usually when people are in a ‘do or die’ situation, they tend to succeed?

That was my own experience.

When you’ve escaped the worst pain and trauma in your life, you don’t want to go back. I had to learn to survive first, and then I learned to thrive.

Sustained thriving requires forward thinking. 
And as I got older, I added more and more experiences to my years which gave me better frameworks upon which I planned for my future. 

I was accepted to the university of my choice on a scholarship that paid for my tuition and afforded room and board with the dollars I saved from waitressing tips.

I had tapped into my potential and earned my ticket to freedom.  
A Warning about College Education
I placed a high value on education to equip myself with wisdom and knowledge across many disciplines. 

After my first university degree I chose to move outside my comfort zone to Edinburgh to pursue a Master's degree in Neuroscience. 

Once again, I had to get resourceful to come up with the funds to pay my tuition. I didn't get any scholarships for my Master's, so I applied for a student loan. They loaned me $60,000 CAD, which was just enough money for one year of international student fees, tuition, and all living expenses. 

So I gave myself one year to complete my degree before my savings ran out. 

Through a combination of perseverance, determination, and a good mentor, I finished it in a year with some strong publications in the medical literature.  
I still didn't know what I wanted to do in my career. The only thing knew was that my dream was to eventually settle in Vancouver, which was my favorite city I've ever visited. 

So I simply did what I thought was the next natural step: I applied to the University of British Columbia for a PhD program in Neuroscience. Before the halfway point of my PhD, I started to feel a restless dissatisfaction as I developed allergies to my research environment. 

I felt a misalignment between the nature of my work an my interests, and I yearned to have a different impact in the world. Although I had a passion to make contributions to medical care, but I was not fulfilled by the lab work. I wanted to do something that would directly make an impact in people's lives, but I didn't know what. 

I wanted to quit doing lab research, but I was scared to be a failure if I didn't use my PhD the way it was intended⁠—to land a faculty position. 
I didn't have the courage to quit my PhD, so I persevered and defended my dissertation with praise and graduated with more contributions to the scientific literature.

Despite feeling unsatisfied with the direction my career was headed, I was still unsure of leaving academia. 

So I decided to change my specialty and I started a fellowship in clinical health care ethics at my university's hospital. It was my promising entrance into the clinical world, but unbeknownst to me, it was also my entrance into keynote speaking and coaching. 

During my graduate studies, I felt that there was something missing from the education system, but I didn't have the words to describe it back then. 

Now, I became fully aware that the academic culture and its traditional measures of productivity impose values that often don't align with the values of many soon-to-be graduates. 

And that is true even though intellectual depth, outstanding scholarship, and an impressive skillset are characteristics of higher education. 
The education system is designed to give you the historical and technical knowledge focused around an offering of subjects, but it does not teach you how to make sense of the knowledge you've collected, how to organize it, how to apply it, and turn it into invaluable wisdom that puts money in the bank. In other words, it does not teach you the career development education you need. 
Rise to The Greatness You Were Destined for
I was committed to carrying out my personal mission to help my peers break through limitations that were holding them back from creating or pursuing opportunities outside the academic pillars. 

This was when I discovered my calling as a career mentor and educator. I started by running seminars and workshops in the classroom for graduate students on topics related to career development. 

This was my first foray into public speaking, personal development leadership, and advocacy.  

Eventually, I left the academic world to begin a new direction in my career as a senior product marketing manager.

It was a huge leap for me, since I did not have prior corporate experience in a related role. 

And I didn't have any relevant training or education.  
It was a gigantic leap, but I welcomed the challenge and the valuable opportunity to apply my myself. 

In the beginning, it was exciting: new industry (business) and new role (business growth and marketing strategy). Outwardly, I appeared to "have it all", but inwardly I was miserable. My contributions were stifled by the bureaucratic structure of this corporate environment which left me consistently feeling underutilized, disrespected, and demotivated. 

My work began to feel unfulfilling and empty to me much of the time, and it began to affect my marriage. I couldn't speak up truthfully about my experiences, and the thought of having my life pass me by was plaguing me.

I was emotionally drained much of the time, and my work didn’t feel meaningful to me.

All throughout my career journey, I knew I needed help to reinvent my life and my career. At first I tried doing everything on my own: searching advice online, talking to trusted colleagues, reading books, watching videos, listening to Ted Talks. 

But nothing moved me forward to make the changes I needed to, so my career and my life were still stuck for YEARS.
Finally, I made a decision value my own time because life is too short.

So I sought out and invested in receiving professional help from the best mentors and coaches in career, business, and marriage. 

I reclaimed my life and developed what I call true vocational confidence. 

Now as a career mentor and educator, I focus intensively on helping people do the same so that they can JOYFULLY earn more, be more, have more, and love more. So that they can unlock true vocational confidence and master their professional destinies.
Unbreakable Warrior Spirit
In addition to my professional work, I practice the art of Muay Thai fighting. 

I had the privilege of training at EVOLVE MMA in Singapore under the legendary champions Kru Dejdamrong, Kru Yodkunsup, and Kru Orono. 

I was given the Thai fight name Ketsara from one of my instructors.
Through the practice of Muay Thai, I wholeheartedly believe that martial arts isn't simply about having discipline in training so that you can win the fight. 

It's about learning to fight with honor and embracing dignity in defeat - lessons about deep fulfillment that I take to all areas of life. 

Above all, it empowered me with an unbreakable warrior spirit to overcome adversity in life.   
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