When I reached out to Katherine, I was doing work that I was good at, but I felt lost and unhappy. I was jumping from one corporate job to another like a hamster on a wheel. It was so stressful that I was worried about my health physically and mentally. And it haunted me that I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do.

When I told one of my best friends that I was going to work with a career coach, he said “Jeez Jim. You don’t need to pay a coach. I’ll tell you what you need to do tomorrow morning. I’ll save you money.” I valued his judgment, but I knew that I needed more than a friend to get clear.

Amongst many, many other things, Katherine taught me to open doors I’d never even seen before.

The new mindset she helped me develop led me to the business I started. Here’s how it happened—

I was working in sales, driving around to meet with owners of commercial buildings. And I noticed there was always trash in the parking lots. So I called around to ask who was managing this issue, and I discovered there wasn’t anyone. Or they were overpaying someone with unnecessarily expensive equipment. It was clearly an unmet need. After years of driving around for my corporate job, I really wanted a physically active job. So I decided to create a business picking up trash from commercial parking lots!

Originally, I was going to stay with another part time job for stability, but the business took off quickly. And I had a million reasons to stay in my job. I didn’t want to let my friends down or the manager who had put so much faith in me. I worried what people would think of me picking up trash all day. I was afraid to leave a good paycheck.
But I didn’t need or want another job.

Katherine helped me gather the courage to listen to my intuition and finally cross that threshold to doing what I really wanted.

Now I get paid to exercise for three to four hours a day!

Career coaching with Katherine changed not only my career but my entire life. If you told me a year ago that I can now sit for almost an hour with my eyes closed, I wouldn’t have believed it.

Jim Downing – Owner – 10pointlitter.com

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