Difficulty in business
Through my childhood, I watched my Dad work hard, long days, with few days off, as owner of a small business with my name on the door: “Cornelius and Sons Construction”. At one point, he fired me and my younger brother, though he kept the name of the company.
I entered college with an admissions letter describing how I intended to get a Civil Engineering degree at the top ranked program in the world, then enter the family business to expand the services to include Engineering.
My Dad learned I did this and told me, “I’ll kill you if you go into construction. Don’t do what I did. You’re smarter than that. You get a degree and a good job. You don’t need to work hard like I have.” While I understood his good intentions, I was crushed and rudderless.
I explored other avenues, with an eye toward the medical route. In addition to the math, physics, and chemistry that had been required in Engineering, I took courses in life sciences, biology, anatomy, and physiology in preparation for medical school. That didn’t quite fit either, and I found a real interest in social sciences, anthropology, and psychology. I finally settled on a degree in Psychology.
Another false start
An internship in a psychiatric hospital convinced me that was not the career for me either. I knew before I entered the workforce I wanted a career in business, and I eventually returned to get a Masters Degree in Business Administration. I formed a company and found it impossible to sustain, and I resisted taking a full-time job, which I’ve now had for over a decade.
What I didn’t know I didn’t know
Looking back, I knew too little about product development and marketing to sustain a business. In this period of self-discovery, I learned how much of my life was about fulfilling the expectations of others. When I got fully in tune with what I really wanted, much of my life was out of place, didn’t serve me, and seemed to be simply an exercise of trading my time in life for the resources I needed to survive. I found I wanted more, I learned it was possible to get it, and I concluded I deserved it, as we all do.
Why I started my business
I’m now on a mission to create the sustainable lifestyle business that has eluded me my whole life. Through it, I am giving people the opportunity to avoid false starts and mis-steps, accelerate their progress in getting where they want, and get powerfully in action creating lives of purpose and meaning to them.
I help people:
- identify with crystal clarity what they really want (as opposed to what they’re doing that isn’t really their choice),
- see what is standing in the way of them getting what they really want (it is rarely what they thought),
- create workable plans to get what they want (individualized to their specific circumstances),
- get in action immediately, so they can have the body, job, and business that will enable them to never have to work another day in their lives.