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In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on August 6, 2013 at 8:08 am

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Indigo Triplett is the $18-million woman. The former U.S. Marine Corps field radio operator turned career transition guru has built a consulting power house, Careers in Transition, Inc., which landed her a coveted spot on Inc. magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America list. “When someone loses a job, the person is so devastated. But I have always seen that as a second chance to do exactly what you really want to do. We actually coach and counsel people on career options,” says the 49-year old native of Aurora, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

“I grew up as a ‘union baby’ with both of my parents working in manufacturing and actively involved in the union. I always knew taking care of employees was important,” says Triplett, author of two highly successful books, Playing by the Unwritten Rules: Moving from the MIddle of the Top and Playing by the Rules II: From a Job Defense to a Career Offense.

It was ultimately Triplett’s own firing from what she calls a “hostile” work environment that led her to answer the call of entrepreneurship. She also had a realization that her income potential would always be limited as an employee. “I knew I wanted more than that,” she says. And the timing was right. she hit her stride in the downsized boom of the mid 1990’s, literally going door-to-door inside business complexes and selling her career mobility services as an independent contractor. “I put in a lot of sweat equity. there were also no vacations, no brand-name clothes and sometimes there was no cheese on the hamburger,” Triplett says, recalling the 18-hour work days. She became the owner of a minority certified business, which allowed her to tap into the lucrative world of federal contracts. Today, her company’s client roster includes government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofit organizations that use Careers in Transition services to help attract, develop and retain employees as well as manage transitions. The company’s revenue has tripled over the last year, thanks to a recently signed $18-million government contract. She now has 35 employees, in addition to contract consultants.

Triplett attributes her success and personal wealth to several key elements including two pieces of sage advice. “A mentor once told me, ‘If you are traveling for business, always travel in first class. First-class people do business with first-class people,” she recalls. “I’ve gained so much advice and business by networking in first class.

Her second piece of invaluable wisdom: “Another mentor said, ‘You need a good therapist to protect your mind, and a good tax attorney will protect your wealth.’ That is the best advice I’ve ever received,” says Triplett, who is now working on her Ph.D. in Values Driven Leadership and is a highly sought after speaker on career mobility.

She now has another mission: “I want to create millionaires in my company. This is about creating wealth beyond oneself,” Triplett says.

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Do you know Indigo? If you didn’t, you do now
Knowledge is to be sold and not told –
yet I’m telling it anyhow.

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  1. Knowledge is what it’s all about. We can’t go get it, if we don’t know what it is we’re looking for. #Knowledge Way to go Qui … ‘Telling it instead of selling it.’ lol!

  2. Good stuff. I will take this knowledge with me, as I start my own career. I am on the road to being an Small business owner and Entrepreneur. Please drop in on my baking site – it’s fresh, it’s hot and recipe heavy: http://www.CupCakeChique.com KNOWLEDGE = YUM!!!

    • It is very wise of you to pay attention at such a young age – it will put you miles ahead of your (peer) competition in the future. #Knowledge – EAT IT UP young baker!

  3. You know Qui – I didn’t know Indigo, but I do NOW! Great share! I’m keeping this one. “Knowledge is to be sold and not told” — thanks for telling us anyhow. lol! 😀

    • You already know the game Ms. Horn. I can’t help but divvy good #Knowledge. Small business owners like ourselves seem to pay for every stitch of helpful and relatable information — well today, YOU GET IT FOR FREE! lol! (I kind of felt like OPRAH today). 😉

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