We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmin Butcher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmin, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Anything worth having is worth fighting for. Any time I feel like giving up, I think about all of the things and people that will be negatively impacted if I don’t continue. When things get hard, it can be a sign that you are on the right track and getting closer to fulfilling your purpose. However, if you are coming against obstacles and it derails the purpose of what you are doing or maybe the timing is changing then it’s time to let something go. For example, I volunteered with an organization for three years and once I completed all that I was meant to do there it was time to let it go and move on to the next thing. I wouldn’t say you “give up” but instead you “let things go”.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Currently, I work as an Analytics specialist in the Sales Applications organization at Oracle. I had no desire to be in sales originally, but I am grateful that I crossed paths with the profession. I have always valued building relationships and this opportunity has allowed me to grow in that area of expertise. I believe building genuine relationships in this industry has set me apart and helped me gain wonderful friendships.
I am most proud of the relationships I have been able to create while being at the company. I believe my ability to initiate and develop genuine relationships with my leadership team has contributed to the success I’ve had at Oracle. I believe going beyond what my job entails and providing mentorship, coaching, and guidance to new hires is what sets me apart from others.
My Longhorn network helped me gain access into Oracle’s ClassOf program and I have been creating an impact at the company for almost four years. Initially coming into the sales industry was a challenge because I didn’t know how to do it. I was extremely nervous as I adjusted to the learning curve, but with God and mentorship I blossomed over time. I learned to adjust to the constant change of the industry as well as growing in confidence as I gained new skills.
My ultimate goal in life is to leave an impactful legacy. I hope to start a foundation that will fund organizations working in lower-income communities across the world and provide creative spaces for youth and young adults with passions in the Fine Arts. I simply aspire to inspire others to follow their dreams. I believe I’m on the right track to doing that!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would do a lot of eating and exploring the city! A few places they have to experience are The Dessert Spot in Waxahachie, Jenny’s ice cream in Dallas, The Dallas Farmers Market, and Trinity Groves. Those places offer a variety of food and we can try it all as well as grab a drink along the way. There is this bomb stand called Froot Kaves that makes fresh lemonade and I want everyone to try it! We’ll visit The Reunion Tower to see the city from up high. Then take a stroll through the Dallas Art Museum. If it’s nice outside we can walk through the Bishop Arts district and find places to shop, explore and eat.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my mentor Diane Harris who recently passed away. She was the superintendent of the school I grew up in and she poured into me tremendously. I honestly dedicate much of my academic success to her as well as the resilience I have gained up to this point in life. She helped instill many of the values that are at the core of my life, and because of her I live by the motto “If you can believe it. You can achieve it”. I’m honored to be a part of the legacy that she’s left behind.