My name is Jessica Rector.  I am a Believer, Mom, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Godmother, Cousin, and Friend.  Sass is my native language.  I never pass on an opportunity to go to the beach or to Disney.  

I work as the solo Awesome Admin for a pretty rad textile manufacturing company.  I was introduced to Salesforce in 2013 in my previous sales position, and it didn’t take long for me to become obsessed with the limitlessness of the platform.  It wasn’t until 2015 that I began working full time on the platform.

Like many others, I believe Salesforce is more than just my job.  Salesforce is a creative outlet and I’m constantly dreaming up ideas of how it can be used.  In 2016, I connected to the community, and now my life will never be the same.  I’ve never experienced a group of brilliant people who are so willing to share knowledge.  Salesforce Ohana is my tribe, and it is full of inspiring men and women who thrive on doing better and giving back.  

I am not an expert; I’ll drive you crazy with questions.  Learning doesn’t come naturally or easy to me.  I have off the charts ADD and all the emotions that it brings.  I barely passed high school because, despite knowing something, I couldn’t pass a test.  I failed the Advanced Admin exam THREE times until I finally passed it at Destination Success 2017, which leads me to this blog.  I used to think that one needed to be an expert and have great talent to teach, or help anyone else learn, but now I understand just how important GRIT is.

It is my desire to do better, to try harder, and to not stop that got me to this point.  Looking back over my life, grit is probably the only thing that came natural to me.  Grit and sass.  If I had to pick one moment that I embraced my inner grit and set my course of never giving up and never settling, I would say that it was in 2001 when my son was born.  Being his mom has challenged me in ways that I couldn’t fathom, but it has also rewarded me in ways that I can’t measure.  My desire to do right by him evolved into doing right for myself.  How could I teach him to value himself at every stage in life if I couldn’t do the same?  I’ll stop here, before this becomes my first blog 🙂

Why Salesforce Grit?  Because despite all of my own challenges and hiccups, I am now 3x Salesforce certified.  Because with Salesforce, the community, Trailhead, and even an ounce of grit, I believe that anyone can achieve their goal.  It is my hope that by sharing my struggles, wins, and everything in between, that someone decides that instead of giving up, they will keep trying.