What qualifies me to be a life coach? Is it the fact that at one time I had the initials CFP after my name on business card? Is it because I was a NCAA D1 athlete? Did having licenses to sell financial securities? Or, that I have a degree from Vanderbilt University.
In my past, I would have used those things in an attempt to impress people, but the truth is, none of those things qualify me. So what does? While those things are real, they only give a perception of success and may hide a reality of failures.
Real life is what qualifies me! I’ve messed up so many things. Yet those failures are only failures if I never use them to help others. If they help others, then they become successes. So, here comes a list of things that I’ve lived through.
- Failed at reaching my highest potential in baseball – Why? What did I learn.
- Failed multiple times at losing weight until around 12 years ago – Why? What changed?
- Failed at a business, and left with a mountain of debt.
- Watched people lose half of their wealth twice. (2000-2002 and 2008)
- Saw what happened to people who were unprepared to lose their income. Felt that one personally too!
- Witnessed what can happen to a family when one spouse dies without insurance to protect those that they loved most.
- Lived and still living through a child’s illness that isn’t covered by insurance.
- Failed so many times that I couldn’t sleep. If I could sleep, didn’t want to get up. And, at times just wanted the emotional pain to go away.
- Wondered where God was, and still do at times.
So, my failures have done more to qualify me than the degree, the initials, or the licenses. Despite those failures, I’m still here. Let me help you!