As I was losing my job, I was also losing my Visa to stay in the U.S.
I wanted to stay in California and change careers to pursue my passion.
It was time.
I kept hearing voices telling me otherwise.
An HR person told me that “I had to choose. I could not have both: staying in California and changing careers.”
My heart was screaming at me: “no, I cannot choose. I’m not buying this. I think I can have both and I will.”
People were telling me: “What about you stay in the field of User Experience for now. It will be easier to stay in the US.”
I knew in my heart that this was not my path.
Despite the fears, despite the shoulds, despite the voices—internal and external—telling me otherwise…
…I chose the path of my heart and I forged ahead.
I went back to school to study coaching and psychology.
Two years later, I started my business to do what I love the most: helping successful professionals and entrepreneurs stuck in a career they no longer love, discover the next career they absolutely love, and the confidence to make it happen.
Eight years later, my business is thriving, I work with clients I love, I’m excited about my work… and I’m doing it from California!
If it was not for the layoff, I would not be where I am now.
Looking back, I see that the layoff was a blessing in disguise to help me on my path.
Are you facing a crisis that is trying to tell you something? Are you listening?
I’m where I am now because I listened and I did not choose the path of fear; I did not let the fears—inside and outside—stop me.
I followed my intuition and it led me to where I am now.
One step at a time. One day at a time. One victory over fear at a time.
This is what I tell my clients every time, to choose the path of intuition over the path of fear.
To do the work you truly love, you need to choose the path of your intuition.
Which path are you choosing?
the path of fear?
or the path of your true desire?
If you are ready to choose the later but are scared and need help clarifying the career you love, I’d love to help.
If you love your work but know people (spouse, friends, relatives, coworkers) who don’t, please share this email with them.
P.S. Erik started where you are now.
“Working with Isabelle has quite literally been life-changing. After a 23-year career in Project/Product Management, I was burnt out and didn’t know what to do next. I wanted to find a new career direction but didn’t have the first clue how to do so. During my first consultation call with Isabelle, she just reached me on a deep personal level I was not expecting.
Over a 4-month period, I completed a group course with Isabelle that allowed me to discover my ‘authentic self’ and truly discover what work I’m passionate about and what values drive me. Long story short, Isabelle’s course helped me see bad behaviors I had been perpetuating for years, and learn to appreciate the things that motivate/drive me. With Isabelle’s guidance and wisdom, I am now on the path to the career of my dreams that I’m excited to have for the next 25 years.
To say Isabelle’s work is life-changing is an understatement!” ~ Erik Z., Oakland, California.
Last week, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Darius Mirshahzadeh, the organizer of TEDxGoldenGatePark, and one of the nation’s highest-rated CEOs by Glassdoor. Learn more about Darius and his book coming out underneath the video below.
In the interview, we talked about: Career reinvention How to identify your genius zone Navigating the unknown, doing what makes you happy Overcoming societies pressure
More about Darius Mirshahzadeh and the GREATNESS MACHINE Live Series:
Darius Mirshahzadeh is one of the nation’s highest-rated CEOs by Glassdoor, he has cultivated a company renowned for “Growing Happiness.” He has led a cultural revolution in this industry that reverberates well beyond its scope and has been recognized in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine for innovation in corporate culture. He’s even writing a book about how to build a core value-driven organization.
In the GREATNESS MACHINE Live Series, he is interviewing entrepreneurs, politicians, change makes, inventors, thought leaders, authors, entertainers, educators, chefs, farmers, artists, and much more.
Darius J. Mirshahzadeh invited me to his Live Stream Show – The Greatness Machine.
Darius was the organizer of TEDxGoldenGatePark and is one of the nation’s highest-rated CEOs by Glassdoor, he has cultivated a company renowned for “Growing Happiness.” He has led a cultural revolution in this industry that reverberates well beyond its scope and has been recognized in the New York Times and Inc. Magazine for innovation in corporate culture. He’s even writing a book about how to build a core value-driven organization.
“Before starting to work with Isabelle, I spent over 5 years trying to figure out why my current job doesn’t make me happy. Inside of me, I had a nagging feeling that there is something more to my career. I just couldn’t figure out what that is and I couldn’t explain why the everyday career coach couldn’t help me. Isabelle held a workshop and in that workshop, she explained how we need to find our true self. Only then, we can find our true calling.
As I worked with Isabelle, things just clicked. The exercises, the homework assignments, the discussions were so valuable to get me to where I am now. I gained confidence in myself, I discovered who I am as a person, and I saw the possibilities. It’s still surreal how I went from despair and frustration to total clarity about my true calling.
Once I figured out my path, there was no stopping me. I’m on a mission and every day I’m getting closer to making this dream a reality. Doors are opening for me every day, which is just another sign that I’m on the right path. I operate with strong and calm confidence.
Everyone should work with Isabelle at some point in their life – she is not just a career/life coach. She is your mentor and guide to your better self. Because of her, I understand myself better and as such I’m a better person overall.”
This is how she started. Exactly where you are now, with the same doubts, fears, and disbelief that you are probably feeling now.
Imagine being clear and on your path to the career you love by the end of 2020. How would you feel?
It is possible for you!
P.S. I currently have 3 spots open for my “Land the Career You Love” 1:1 coaching program. Is there one for you? Or for someone you know (spouse, relative, friend, co-worker, employee)? Please forward this email to them so that they can take advantage of this opportunity.