Don’t settle for anything less than the best life you can create!
The seemingly perfect career path
Originally from Germany, I moved after high school to the US to play Volleyball for a university team. I graduated with a summa cum laude and was accepted with a full scholarship to the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. After my graduation, I worked for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
I was on the best way to climb that career ladder.
But there was that inner urge that there is more in me than settling for a job I was not completely passionate about.
As Mark Twain says: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
So I quit that career-aspiring job with the World Bank. I had to stand against the strong opinion of my family and friends who had a different idea of my pursuit for happiness.
I went to pursue my dream to become a professional cyclist while going for a Sports degree at the University of Minnesota.
But during this time, I realized that professional cycling is not what I wanted and I had trouble to find a suitable career in sports. I felt like a failure that I was not able to make my passion to my job and doubted Mark Twain’s statement. Maybe it is just not possible to find that job that fulfills me.
To return on the “right career track”, I applied to any job everywhere and got accepted to a prestigious consulting firm as IT management consultant. I worked first in Switzerland and then Australia.
But while I was now financially secure and on the path I was supposed to be on, this very same urge as two years earlier emerged in me wanting more in life.
From one moment to the next, I was sitting in Australia with no job, no ties and no preset future. What would I do with it? Have I completely failed or is this the beginning of a new life?
Finding the purpose in life
I studied the world map looking for that place I would love to live. I packed my bike and flew with a one-way ticket to Malaga, Spain. Only a one-night hotel stay and a six-week car rental was as far as I had planned. I had never been there, didn’t know anyone and didn’t speak a word of Spanish.
I knew that this time would define me. I had to find out why I am here on this earth. I had to look for the purpose of my life.
While trying to find it, I was sharing my story encouraging others that it IS possible to truly create your own path and that you don’t have to follow the traditional one.
My mission has become to enable people to really do what they love doing by building self-confidence, overcoming fears and creating THEIR paths. With my experience having vigorously lived through the lowest and highest moments, having made all possible mistakes but also having learned how to succeed, I have been able to relate, connect and coach my clients to create their best path in life.
To walk my talk I set a cycling record
To showcase what it means to go for goals that seem outside the norm and impossible, I decided to set a record cycling as the first female in history one of the toughest cycling challenges in the world.
80% of the people thought it was not possible.
In addition to the doubt of the others, I faced my own. Why would I be the person being able to do such seemingly impossible challenge? Am I setting myself up for failure while everyone is watching?
It was a decisive moment of whether to stay in the comfort zone or to take a huge leap outside of it and face my fears of failure and pursuing something that seemed beyond my limits.
Having taken daring decisions in my life with big, sometimes seemingly impossible, goals, I have developed a method, the RAD method, that have helped me to overcome my fears, to stay persistent and consistent to reach my goals successfully.
This method, I share in my talks and workshops inspiring and empowering the audience to overcome their fears and pursue their seemingly impossible goals.