I started my amazing journey this time last year. My Foundations Of Coaching Success weekend blew me away. That takes a lot as I had been in sales for a long time and had seen a lot of speakers and motivional tools during my career, but boy was this different.
From the time you arrive you feel welcome and that you are one of the lucky ones to have discovered this community. For me, I felt a strong feeling that all of my life experiences had been leading me here and that is was now time to cut the bulls%$# and finally live and work on my terms, create my own success and putting all the things I had been dreaming into action.
I started my working life as a chef and then a pastry chef. I spent 10 years in hospitality, owning and running a couple of restaurants. I then turned to sales as someone told me my Irish ascent would make me a lot of money! It did in my first role as a door to door rep for Foxtel, learning what I thought was everything I ever needed about sales and life in that role. Then onto a wine rep, which was great as I like a wee wine!
Although I was very successful in both, I no longer cared to talk people into things they did not need or want really. I was however a good story teller with some cracking jokes and wanted to share my stories with others to support them in their day to day life. This is a unique element I knew I could bring to my coaching.
Yes I was scared from week to week, at times feeling so much overwhelm about study, learning new skills and believing in myself, but I never doubted my new path or The Coaching Institute, and knew they would be with me every step of the way. They are the masters of this personal development journey, all I had to do was listen and follow their lead and advice (Oh and take a few deep breaths too! I am on the ride of my life and the only thing that can stop me is me!)
One of my very favourite moments of this journey is when I launched my website and started a Facebook page for my company The Wandering Guru. Two paying clients happened two days after my website went out and both payed upfront for three session’s! I stared at my bank account for about 10 mins and said to myself “Sh#%... I’m a coach!” Awesome!