We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Monahan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, how do you think about risk?
For years in corporate America, I would avoid risk. While I thought I was a risk taker, I really wasn’t. That is because I felt I had golden handcuffs and I was scared to lose my paycheck. When fear dictates your decisions, you can be sure that you are making the wrong choice. Fear is actually a green light that means go and go faster. Three years ago I was fired from my CRO position unexpectedly. I was devastated but I finally stepped into fear and started taking risks. I wrote and self published my first book Confidence Creator with no prior writing experience and that was a huge risk. I launched my professional speaking career at age 43 which seemed crazy! Then I launched my podcast Creating Confidence even though everyone told me I was too late to the podcast game. When the pandemic hit, I launched my virtual speaking business and virtual coaching and consulting company. I didn’t know how to do it, I figured it out along the way.
I have come to realize that I was taking risks but the risks I was taking I was completely unaware of. Back in corporate America the risk I was taking each day was counting on having that paycheck and having that job. I had put my power in someone else’s hands. These days I take risks by listening to my inner voice and rolling the dice on me. These are the best risks I have ever taken.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have learned that showing up as the most authentic version of yourself will always be the right answer. Until you show up as you, the world will never be able to connect to your greatness. In corporate America, I would dim my light in hopes it would allow others to feel better about themselves. I now know that dimming your light is never the right answer. Today, I shine a light on my shame and my low moments to teach others how to create confidence in themselves and their business. I do that through my speeches, books, podcast, video courses and live trainings.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The beach in Miami is second to none!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mentor passed away recently and I want to give him a shout out. Bob McCurdy taught me the importance of legacy and not just thinking about our paycheck or job today but about the footprints in the sand we are leaving behind.
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