“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”
–Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of the USA
My journey into the coaching profession is definitely an example of getting so wrapped up in something I almost forgot to be afraid.
At the ripe old age of 35, I threw caution to the wind and left a 12-year career with a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company to sign up for the job of “coach” with:
1. No salary (You ate what you killed!)
2. No benefits
3. No coaching clients
4. No general agreement about or awareness of the profession – it was truly in its infancy
5. A wife and two young children, plus a considerable mortgage
6. Modest savings, with about 6 months of living expenses
In spite of these factors, I found myself enthusiastic and excited to partner with people and help them achieve breakthroughs in their personal and professional life – just as Olympic athletes work with coaches to achieve their full potential.
What can you be so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid?