There was a middle-aged woman who worked, worked, worked, and had little to show for it.
Locked away in a cubicle inside a tall tower near Central Park in NYC, she yearned to be free.
Every day for one hour, she would be let out of the tower to walk through the park. After her one hour of freedom was over, she would return to the tall, gleaming tower until 5 o’clock, then released into the dark subway forest to try to get safely home ... only to return to the tower the next day.
She would wish upon the lights of the Empire State Building, dreaming of another life. She knew that she could make a difference in people’s lives. She wanted to have fun, and to use her talents and skills to create a life she truly loved: to be nearer her daughter; to live and do whatever her heart desired.
"But," she told herself, "I don't know how to start. I'll never be able to make an income on my own!"
Then one day, the middle-aged woman got fired.
She panicked. She had no money, no source of income, no plan, no idea what to do.
She had a dream that maybe she could earn an income the way she wanted to -- as a coach. In her head, she kept hearing things like ...
"But I'm too old to start something like this. Will anyone hire me?"
So then, she said ...
Within 12 months, the middle-aged woman had started her new career as a coach and moved to her dream city of lights, macarons and croissants, Paris.
Now, she begins her day whenever she wants, she lives closer to her daughter, and she can go to a museum any day of the week.
In case you haven’t guessed it, "she" is ME.
I bring my whole heart and soul to everything I do.
I'm ALL IN.
Take everything I have to offer -- all my experience, all my expertise, everything -- and run with it. I'm here for you.
"A big thank you to Mary Schiller who is the gift that keeps on giving. . . . Mary is clear, concise and cuts through confusion and overwhelm."
-- Angela Durrant, maverickcommunication.co.uk
"Mary sharing how simple it can be has made us scrap off a massive amount of unproductive stuff we were doing.
We have already started spending less time on boring things and are making more money. We do still have a way to go … but we are going! Dancing and playing along the way.
Mary, this is amazing. Thank you for clearing the junk so we can see the way forward."
-- Debra Simmons, dare2bu.co.uk
"If you ever have an inkling that there’s more to life (in your work, your business, your relationships) if you could just work out how, Mary’s the coach you want!
She has an uncanny knack of seeing way more potential in you than you see yourself and she stretches you to go just beyond your comfort zone so that, bit by bit, you find yourself doing things that are so necessary for your business but that on your own you were too afraid to even try.
Since I’ve been working with Mary, I’ve made some wonderful shifts and my business is starting to head in the direction I’ve wanted it to go for a very long time!"
-- Gill Baronetti, leadership & relationship coach
"The deepest result so far is that I more fully trust my own wisdom to take the next step in whatever I am doing and not take the results so seriously … I am experimenting.
I am trying new approaches to being of service to potential and existing clients. I am less stuck in my fearful thinking about the outcome, and I feel more confident and brave."
-- Nikki Crawford, PhD
I would like to acknowledge the contributions of all of the women who have come before me. Coach to 5K is dedicated to them. They are the reason I am stepping forward -- to honor what they have done, all that they have sacrificed, to give us a better life. Let's do this for them and for the women who come after us, too, not just for ourselves.
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© Mary Schiller, SVP Consulting, Inc. Email: mary at maryschiller dot com