“Something You Said Changed My Life”

“Something You Said Last Year Changed My Life”

Last year, I was with Coca Cola doing an internal educational training program and they invited me back for a 2nd year. When I walked in, I immediately was greeted by one of the participants. Daria came to me and said, “Phil, I’ve been so excited about, number one, you coming back, but number two, being able to tell you that something you said last year changed my life. Now, that’ll get my attention any day! I said, “Well, you have to tell me more!”

Daria said, “Last year, as part of your training program, you shared that if something scares us professionally, that might be the very signal that we need to do that thing. We might be scared because we just don’t know how to do it or don’t know how to go about doing it.”

She said, “That resonated with me because there was a job I had been thinking about internal to Coke — a trainer’s job.  I thought I could do the job except for one little thing — I was afraid of speaking in public.”

She went on to say, “You said the very thing that scares us may be the thing we need to do. So, I took a chance. I put my name in, and lo and behold, I got promoted for the job.  I’ve been doing it for several months now. It’s been great!”

That’s Just the Beginning of the Story…

I was so proud of Daria!  But there was more to her story.

She said, “That’s not even the best part.” She said, “In addition to the job, that gave me the courage to start my own business.”

Pleasantly surprised, I said, “So what’s your business?”

She replied, “I’ve created a business on the side that’s helping either newly separated or newly divorced women who have had no prior involvement with the finances in their relationship.  I help them understand what to do next, how to transition into their new reality.”

She said, “This is a passion of mine, because I myself was in that shape a few years ago.  It’s wonderful not only to have overcome my fear, but to help other people with some of the fears that they’re experiencing as well.” (Read this for more on The Key to Build Confidence.)

I Love My Job!

Let me tell you something, I love my job! Why? Because I can share with people the ideas that I have, but it’s even better to hear people say, “I’ve gotten something from it and I’ve used it accordingly.”

My question to you today is, what might you be afraid of, and what might you do about it?

And one last question, what might be the hidden gems that you’ll find when you do?

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Meet Daria Hanks, Corporate Trainer + Entrepreneur

“It’s wonderful not only to have overcome my fear, but to help other people with some of the fears that they’re experiencing as well.”
~ Daria Hanks, Coca Cola Credit Union

Thank you, Daria. I appreciate you sharing your story! I bet others will find inspiration in your “changed my life” message as well!

Phillip Van Hooser
Author: Phillip Van Hooser
Phillip Van Hooser, CSP, CPAE is committed to helping organizations transform their business outcomes by building engaged employee relationships. He is an award-winning keynote speaker and author on leadership, service and communication. His popular book, “Willie's Way: 6 Secrets for Wooing, Wowing and Winning Customers and Their Loyalty” recently hit #1 in Customer Relations on the Kindle store. Connect with Phil on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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