I began my career as a high school teacher in Ohio.
I absolutely loved working with teenagers as they questioned the “establishment,” and I encouraged them to find their voice, and speak it, write about it and connect with that part of themselves that wanted something different than what they saw their lives to be.
There were many expectations placed upon them and I saw it as “grist for the mill,” and if each could find her/his inner voice and help them be heard in a way that would begin the process of empowerment and validation. Although the school in which I taught was on the cutting edge, I could see that the environment was missing for what was needed for true authentic learning.
I left and said I would be back! My intuition told me business was a stakeholder in what education could be. Luckily, I found that good mentors along the way as I climbed the corporate ladder in business development, marketing and product development in various industries from construction, real estate, healthcare, software, and financial services. I have built amazing relationships along the way~and many are living someone else’s life.
I have often been quoted as saying that if we learned the real essence of who we are through our 14,000 hours of education then coaching would never have emerged as a career. Ancient wisdom is a vital link to us remembering what it means to be human on our planet Earth.