Mentor Monday: Meet Terri Levine, best selling author featured on ABC, NBC, CNBC and MSNBC

I am excited to introduce you to Terri Levine, a new addition to Mentor Online Magazine’s mentor expert team.Terri Levine, The Business Mentoring Expert, specializes in helping entrepreneur-owned businesses achieve record-breaking growth. Based in Philadelphia, Terri is founder and CEO of Comprehensive Coaching U, Inc., The Professional’s Coach Training Program. She has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNBC and MSNBC, and in more than 1,500 publications. She is the best-selling author of Sell Without Selling, Coaching is for Everyone and Stop Managing Start Coaching. I am very pleased to announce that Terri will be featured twice monthly here at MentorOnlineMagazine.com. As I have promised from Day 1, MOM is here for you and MOM will continue to grow and bring you the best mentoring advice available. Sincerely, Tamara Patzer, creator and publisher of MentorOnlineMagazine.com. Subscribe! It’s free!

‘Do What You Love and Love What You Do’

By Terri Levine

Terri LevineDoing what you love and getting paid for it may seem like a pipe dream in today’s challenging economic climate, where many people are lucky to have a job, let alone a job they love. Yet more and more people are dismissing the traditional workforce mode of income-earning and choosing instead to wear their own “Boss” cap, working for themselves, and doing what they love to do. Today’s generation enjoys an entrepreneurial spirit and not only do they not expect a job for life, especially with the same company, they anticipate doing their own thing and enjoying true work-life balance into the bargain.

Then there are those whose foray into self-employment stems from necessity. The day of secure employment for life, especially with the same company, has gone the way of the dinosaur. With companies downsizing and outsourcing overseas, the jobless are hapless and self-employment can sometimes be their only constructive option.

Then there are the baby boomers coming out of retirement, thanks to a global economy playing havoc with their retirement plans and investments. This time round, this generation must also employ some entrepreneurial creativity and find new ways to earn an income.

But can just anybody start their own business and work from home and be their own boss?  Sure they can.  Do they need a business degree?  No… although some knowledge is obviously beneficial.  Does it matter how old you are?  No, clearly not when people from every generation are doing it. Do you need money to start? That depends on the business you want to set up, and there are options for small business loans if you really need it.

So, how do you know what business to set up to ensure success?  Easy… do what you love.  When you do what you love to do, you will never work another day in your life and what efforts you do take will not feel like effort.  Wouldn’t you love to be paid for doing something that feels like a hobby?

It’s possible, and how do I know this?  Well, I work with clients who do this, but probably the most convincing reason would be because I have done this myself for years and continue to do so.  I am a living, walking example of successful career reinvention, doing what I love and loving what I do.

I started out as a Speech Pathologist, a career choice based on my passion and desire to help people. Cutting a long story short, after several career changes that saw me rise up through the ranks in corporate America to become a high-flying executive earning a six figure income with all the trappings, I looked at my life one day and didn’t like what I saw. My life was all about career and money. I had no other life as such. And definitely no work-life balance. I had lots of money and lots of stress. And was I loving what I did?  No. But I was paid incredibly well to be so miserable!

It dawned on me one day that there had to be more to life, and that’s when I decided to toss in my prestigious, high paying career for something different. Something that would fulfill more important needs while still providing that very necessary income. Of course, my family thought I had gone totally bonkers and tried desperately to talk me out of it.  Even well-meaning friends were convinced I had lost my mind and was headed for ruin.

I stubbornly ignored the nay-sayers and found myself training for a new career that really resonated with me, that I loved and that fulfilled all my needs.  I threw away everything that was not providing a fulfilling life and trained to become a coach.

I hired my own coach to help me through the transition, because what I was doing was pretty daring for those days. However, choosing a career that really resonated with who I was has meant that I now wake up every day doing what I love and loving what I do.  Don’t get me wrong. Just choosing a career that resonates with you does not guarantee success.  Huge success is rarely handed to you on a plate. You have to put in equal amounts of effort, but again, when you are doing something you love, it doesn’t feel like work and it makes succeeding just that little bit easier.

From a corporate high-flyer, living a life of stress and dissatisfaction, I morphed into a certified Master Coach and I became the CEO and Founder of two leading coach training programs, Comprehensive Coaching U and The Coaching Institute. But I didn’t stop there. I now hold a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. I’m also the author of ten books, including an international bestseller Work Yourself Happy, Sell Without Selling, Coaching Is for Everyone, and Stop Managing Start Coaching which reached #6 on Amazon.

I live in the Philadelphia metro area and share my business growth strategies with companies and entrepreneurs large and small across eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with my focus on service professionals such as chiropractors, dentists, mortgage brokers, real estate agents, financial planners, personal trainers, dietitians, psychiatrists, speakers, authors, florists and restaurant owners. My passion is helping “stuck” entrepreneurs break through their barriers and find overlooked income opportunities and unlock new sources of revenue.

I lead a busy and rewarding life and I still enjoy an impressive income for doing something that really does not feel like work to me. And this is how I know anybody can achieve this and just about anything else their heart desires, be that business or career growth, personal reinvention, financial success, improved productivity, work and life balance…

Does this sound like you but you don’t know where to start?  Ponder this then. If money were no object, what would you do with yourself? Now take that activity and ask yourself the next question: How can I make money from this?

Terri LevineTerri Levine, The Business Mentoring Expert, specializes in helping entrepreneur-owned businesses achieve record-breaking growth. Based in Philadelphia, Terri is founder and CEO of Comprehensive Coaching U, Inc., The Professional’s Coach Training Program. She has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNBC and MSNBC, and in more than 1,500 publications. She is the best-selling author of Sell Without Selling, Coaching is for Everyone and Stop Managing Start Coaching. Learn more at http://www.TerriLevine.com. Contact Terri at terri@terrilevine.com

 

 

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