Thanks for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions!! I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted to do when I grew up. Although I dreamed of becoming the next Larry Bird (former pro basketball player), that dream went unrealized when I was cut from the high school team. I enrolled at McNeese State University, choosing general studies as my major because I had no clue of which major I ought to choose. After only a few semesters, I changed my major to mathematics — a field that offers very few career choices. However, it wasn’t until my senior year that I had this life-changing thought while sitting in a boring class titled Numerical Analysis…
I hate this stuff (mathematics) and never want to see it again today or any other day!
After graduating, I did stints as a basketball coach, Papa John’s pizza delivery guy, activities director at a children’s home, and as a youth pastor (can you tell I was still a little clueless?). Years later, I moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and began working as a financial coach for a credit counseling agency called Money Management International (if you are thinking of credit counseling to resolve your financial woes, click and read here). For several years, I had had an interest in finances so this was indeed a grand opportunity! Before I tell you how I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up, here are some of the highlights from the financial coach job…
- I helped save a lady’s house which she would have lost in 2 days! – the house was already scheduled to be sold at an auction. I called the mortgage company, negotiated a deal, and advised her to wire the requested good faith money. Cool!
- I showed a lady with about 25 medical debts a way that she could avoid bankruptcy – before, she felt like bankruptcy was her only option. Now, however, she realized that she had choices. Really cool!
- I assisted a guy who had just discovered his wife had “hidden” a ton of credit card debt – she had maxed out their credit cards behind his back. After talking to him about forgiveness and giving him a clear plan for paying off these new debts, he walked out of my office a changed man. Super cool!!
However, this “coolness” quickly evaporated after only a year. Consumer Credit Counseling of Greater New Orleans merged with a larger company, Money Management International, and my job description quickly changed…for the worse! Now, I simply dealt with folks in regards to a single, incredibly boring issue: obtaining a reverse mortgage loan…which just happens to be a terrible deal. This is when I first began to hate my job! I guess you might say it drove me to such despair that I hired a life and career coach to help me figure out what to do with my life. Here is what I wrote on the application:
I am miserable with my job. I repeat the same speech 5 times a day while sitting in the same chair in the same office. I have been depressed during this time but have not been able to find any other job. At times, I have stopped searching because it has seemed like it was a waste of time and I would be stuck in this job ’til the end of time.
Yes…I was pretty much stuck in a cubicle 9 to 5. Yuck!! Not only was I bored beyond belief but I had very little energy to give to my 3 boys and oh-so-patient wife. Not only this, I also began to have health problems (have you began to experience health issues yet?). So I quit my job. As already stated, I invested in career coaching, which helped me to summon the little remaining courage I had and then I quit my job. But there were at least two silver linings. First, the life and career coach guy had really helped to give me a new and fresh perspective. Helped me to become “reacquainted” with my strengths. Provided me with a new vision of what I could contribute to this world. In fact, I distinctly remember thinking at the conclusion of one of our sessions: “I could do this…I could be a career coach.” So career coaching/ life coaching is a big part of what I am doing now. I love helping folks find what they were created to do!
Returning to the silver lining thinking…the second is that I received a great financial education through Consumer Credit! Due in part to that valuable on-the-job education, I also work as a financial coach now. I pride myself on two things in regards to financial coaching. First, I developed an Every Paycheck Budget. Because 68% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, a monthly budget will not work!!! Again, developing a monthly budget is a surefire recipe for failure!! Second, I teach my clients to budget in as little time as possible. In fact, I once timed myself to see how little time I could spend managing our finances in one month.
On the personal side, I have done some really cool things as well. I have…
- ridden a camel up to the pyramids in Giza, Egypt
- swam in the dead of winter at Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro while on a sports mission trip
- scuba dove in the middle of night about 200 feet off Hawaii’s Big Island coast as manta rays with 14-foot wing spans glided only a few feet above
- swam about 100 yards at midnight to reach a diving platform in the Red Sea off the coast of Eilat, Israel (do sharks feed at night?)
- on more of a local level, cheered from the cheapseats for the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!
I am finally doing work that I love and it makes all the difference! Thanks for coming to my website and, again, let me know how I can help you.