After graduating college, my dad wanted me to go to business school, get a MBA, and be on my way to raking in six figures.
Instead, I went to Brazil to live in the favelas for a year.
Life in South America was carefree and simple. I’d walk out of my house barefoot every day, with a coconut in hand, sipping the fresh juice from the palm trees.
I’d walk 5 miles to get to my soccer coaching volunteer project in the beating down sun and 100 degree heat wave of Rio de Janeiro.
I’d ride a motor taxi alone at 5:00 in the morning, not sure if I would get robbed or not.
I’d plow through the Amazon jungle with a machete in-hand, not sure if it would protect me from the head-size tarantulas.
I’d canoe through the Amazon River, not sure if my precarious canoe would save me from the anacondas.
Though it wasn’t business school, Brazil taught me a tremendous amount of life skills that permeate into my life today as a female strength coach in the private sector.
How to adapt.
How to embrace new environments.
How to handle different personalities.
How to live through my heart space.
How to overcome adversity.
I mean come on…if eating maggots, learning Portuguese, and talking to the Amazon natives to get out of the jungle wasn’t overcoming obstacles, I don’t know what is.
What’s funny is, many people ask me how I’m successful in today’s watered down strength and conditioning industry.
While I don’t consider myself the quintessence of success yet, I tell them: be able to be malleable and pivot in a direction that serves you.
I strongly feel that business school could not have taught me this. Sorry, dad.
Alas, this isn’t to discourage kids from higher education. No.
It’s to encourage them it’s okay to take the dirt road and venture off the beaten path a bit. Because more often than not, the unconventional route leads to magical adventures.
For more on the x’s and o’s of what I deal with day-to-day in terms of coaching and business, check out this enlightening discussion I had with strength coach Julia Eyre.
We dive into:
– The benefits of being a freelancer.
– The challenges we face in the private sector and how to overcome.
– Pricing strategies.
– Social media and content creation for coaches.
– Writing quality and concise content on performance training.
– Building authentic client relationships.
– Our mission as female coaches.