Who am I and what is my story?
We all have defining moments in our lives. Mine started in 2001 in the wake of September 11th. When I wrapped my head around what had happened, and gripped my new reality, it was too late.
What happened? The job I had at the time ended with a “corporate workforce reduction program” on an innocuous Wednesday. Did I mention this was the week before Thanksgiving?
Even in those circumstances, I had a moment of clarity. Life is too short and precious to be working unfulfilling jobs. In the wake of this situation, I traveled into a new world.
That world included something I had never heard of before: outplacement services. In my case, that was service delivered by Right Management. I jumped head first into the learning programs, resume writing, assessments, workshops, and setting up my future plans.
I networked like it was going out of style. That’s when I discovered The Breakfast Club – more on that later. Needless to say, I’ve seen first hand the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between. I’ve taken survival jobs, sometimes 2 and 3 at a time. I’ve gotten fired from jobs. Laid off from jobs. Built a real estate sales business. I’ve tried, failed and succeeded.
Each experience I had along the way, shaped who I am today.That means the lows – I have seen those. The highs – been there. Building a real estate business – not easy. Changing careers – meant sacrifice.
An avalanche of things happened at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015. The real estate clients I was representing all had “bad” things happen one after another. Then in January, my father passed away. Trauma and circumstance allowed me to reevaluate.
It was then that I realized that my fathers legacy was me. You can read more about that here.
Fair warning on my #1 influencer. In 2008, I made a decision to put my faith in Jesus Christ. That one decision changed everything for me.
I began asking questions. What’s my impacting legacy of tangible significance? Am I doing things that would be pleasing to God?
Breakfast Club Networking Group
In the years since 2001, when I first was laid off from a corporate sales job, I ran into a group of people. Those people were going through what I was, a really tough job search during a recession. We all wanted a support mechanism.
From that group, I received a new appreciation of what a professional relationship means and how important it was to your life, not just your career. People I first met in that group are still solid friends and connections years later. Some I have even done real estate business with, shocking I know.
When I was 5 years into my real estate career and things were going really well, I offered to have the group hosted in my Lake Oswego office. A logistical and professional change for the group.
Little did I know–that offer changed my life. Again. The moderator of the group surprisingly obtained a job. A replacement moderator led the group for a period of time and then also found work. The turnover was threatening the survival of the group, so I offered to moderate. My intent was 100% noble. I wasn’t doing it for personal gain.
I moderated the group, and still do. It’s different in some key ways: we believe in holding each other accountable to networking goals and supporting the development of branding statements. I was hooked on coaching. This is where I developed and refined my 3-Steps Formula with amazing results. Tested on 800+ professionals. I supported this group for free for 10 years until taking on coaching full time.
Where should I start?
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