How This Executive Coach Found Happiness
I met Laura Berger, Co-Founder of Berdeo Group, a few months back at a networking event. Immediately, I knew I wanted to interview her for my next blog. When I think of highly successful people who are doing it their own way, I think of Laura. Laura is currently a Professional Certified Executive Coach and is a leadership expert in corporate and personal development. She was determined to build a career around a lifestyle.
In the beginning of her career, Laura had a great job, making fantastic money but she was not happy. At the time she was a Management Consultant and traveling like “mad” like all her other colleagues. She knew that this was not something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Laura acknowledges that happiness is in the here and now and she was desperately looking for greater happiness in her life.
In her mid thirties, she decided to make a drastic change. Where most people would think she was utterly insane for leaving a six-figure job and big title, Laura explained to me that she was not fulfilled. Even though throughout her life she felt she always went against the grain, leaving a high paying job was risky. To make a radical move like this you have to believe in yourself 100%.
Growing up, Laura was center of attention. She focused on achievement and wanted to be the best at everything she tried. She also felt the need to prove to others her ability. Laura experienced a tremendous loss with a family member and a beloved pet and realized that life is too short and she needed to start doing things that were good for her and get out of the cut-throat corporate environment. During those moments, Laura decided she would build a career around a “lifestyle.” Where most of us would be paralyzed, Laura did exactly that; she started to pave her own way.
While listening to her story, it appeared to me that she was just dipping her toe into the water at the beginning of this transformation. It was not until she had a breakthrough and became incredibly focused did she start to realize success and growth. If you are not going to put everything you have into your career, whatever choice that is, you can kiss success goodbye. You cannot just dabble; you have to put everything you got, and then some, in order to realize your full potential. Once Laura got into the right mindset, things began to change for her.
Instead of being center stage, Laura now prefers to be behind the scenes. She helps leaders find their voice. She has come to realize, working with all different kinds of leader, that many people lose sight of who they really are and what they stand for. Laura is passionate about bringing forward her clients thoughts and making them the best they can be. In order to obtain great success in your life, you have to give back to others. In Laura’s role, making leaders find their true potential and giving them the roadmap to success is her unique way of helping others.
Not only does Laura give back to people she is also very passionate about animal welfare and is very involved with Best Friend Animal Society. This organization is the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. They build effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters. To donate or learn more, click here.
Laura’s success is partly due to her personality. Laura is very direct but in a warm way. She describes it as a “velvet hammer.” One of her core values is openness and she talks a lot about full transparency. Laura is compassionate and that shows in her love of people and animals. She is obviously a go-getter, as well
Laura’s advice to new entrepreneur is to be courageous. If you don’t have the courage you will never make the first move to go out on your own. You may be the type to talk about it a lot. That is just it; it is a lot of talk. You have to take action and action takes courage. So, get up and get doing! Nothing will happen without action.
Laura has been featured on ABC, Huffington Post Live, The Dr. Oz Show with Deepak Chopra, in CNBC, US News, World Report, Yahoo Finance, Self Magazine, The Miami Herald, radio shows across the country, and now her most exciting feature www.KeriannWorley.com. (Laura did not say that, I did). Laura is also an expert blogger for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. To add one more, Laura is a best selling Author of Radical Sabbatical, a story about her and her husband ditching their cut-throat corporate jobs for life in a tranquil jungle paradise.