My three steps to success are to show up on time, work hard and give credit where credit is due.
I’ve created success in my life by establishing relationships with people who were thinking about tomorrow instead of hanging on to yesterday. My key strength is and remains my ability to listen, communicate ideas and jump up and down yelling “You got this.” (Really, I have done that!)
When I went to leave the corporate life and made my own way in the world, I didn’t have a golden parachute. I closed my eyes and jumped out of the plane and prayed I didn’t break both legs when I landed. I was full of desire, enthusiasm, and ambition.
I had no clue what I was getting myself into. All I knew is that I wanted to help other people on this road we call life and help them find fulfillment through their great ideas.
In 1999 there was very little internet to depend on for a leg up. I spent a lot of time at the library and a lot of time in bookstores.
I did everything wrong.
I was told I did everything wrong.
I was flying solo.
It was lonely.
It’s why I am where I am and who I am today.
See, I never took a business class in my life. I don’t have an MBA or a string of letters after my name.
I wasn’t in it for the money.
I met people one-to-one over coffee, in their office or shops and shared the possibilities they had in front of them if they wanted to step out and stamp themselves and their dreams as being valuable to someone other than themselves.
My belief in other people and my enthusiasm carried me a long way. I’d spent my career up until that point watching other people being told “You’re not qualified.” Or “You’re too young or old.”
To hell with that.
If you want the traditional “I love me” in my bio you are in the wrong place. If you are really interested in what I’ve done and who I’ve helped I guess we can do a Zoom meeting and I’ll share my resume with you.
There is a reason for that. I guard the privacy of the people I’ve worked with as if they were my kids.
Those folks I’ve worked with are the reason I’ve enjoyed the success I’ve enjoyed as a coach for the past twenty years.