I have so much respect for those who are determined to create powerful and positive changes in their lives, careers, organizations and businesses, but also in the lives of others, and the world in general; despite the odds they see stacked against them. If you’re reading this, I bet you’re one of them.
I also know how hard and challenging it can be to move from being stuck or having plateaued to creating exponential growth and bigger impact. That’s why I have dedicated myself to helping leaders to live into their true potential so that they can take their work to the next level and expand their reach, multiply their impact, and create a legacy.
I was born in East Germany when it was ruled by a totalitarian one-party dictatorship that encouraged everything but imagination and self-actualization. This regime wanted everyone to follow orders and march in step, and it didn’t allow its citizen to travel to democratic countries. Needless to say, I grew up in an environment where I thought everything was limited.
My mom, who raised me as a single parent, got separated from her siblings after the war when they were still children. So, every time my aunts and uncles came to visit us, my imagination to once live in a free country kept growing stronger. One day, my mom received a letter saying that we had 24 hours to leave the country and move to West Germany. This was in response to her sending requests to government officials for many years asking to be reunited with her family. And that was the first time when I experienced the power of persistence and of not giving up on your dreams, no matter what circumstances look like all around you.
Later, when I was a teenager living in Germany, my parents tried to convince me that if I followed societal expectations, as in learning a trade, getting a stable job, and raising a family, I would be happy and without worries. However, none of the options presented to me made me feel passionate or gave me a sense of purpose. My passion was to help others to connect to their personal strengths and to help create a better world. That’s when I decided to immigrate to the U.S. to pursue my passion to help people develop as strong leaders so that they can have a big impact.
While I struggled with learning a new language and parting with everything that was so familiar to me for so long, my passion kept driving my forward. I learned how to build powerful organizations that support people in creating better communities for themselves and their families.
I ended up creating and co-creating several award-winning organizations, all of which I led or co-led. Through these organizations, I was able to train many adults and students to tap into their strengths to become powerful leaders. These organizations also helped to create incredibly powerful community improvements for the tens of thousands of individuals and families they served.
The success I achieved by applying the tools and practices I now teach was recognized when I was awarded the Do Something Brick Award (awarded as one of nine from over 400 applicants nationwide), a national award sponsored by Rolling Stone Magazine and MTV recognizing young leaders under 30 years of age.
During the 20+ years that I was able to build a successful career for myself, my passion for coaching kept telling me that I hadn’t arrived yet at the final version of my life purpose. I finally had to come to terms with the fact that there still was a part of me that I hadn’t paid attention to enough and which had wanted to be realized through a new career direction.
I became certified as a Professional Coach, and started my own businesses providing leadership and career coaching for individuals, and coaching, training and consulting services for organizations.
While it has been quite scary at times to dive into this new adventure, it has also been an exhilarating experience to overcome my fears and learn so many new skills at this stage in my life. In the end though, seeing the individuals and organizations I work with to successfully overcome the challenges they’re facing on their way to achieving greatness and audacious visions is the biggest reward one could hope for. It’s worth any effort and overcoming any fear or challenge, and so much more.
Find out more about my work with organizations here: www.healthynonprofits.com
Find out more about my career coaching work here: www.career-makeovers.com