One day I made a change. I parked my styling business for a while and I became a salaried employee. I was tired, over it. Life was happening. It all felt too much. So I reckoned a change was as good as a holiday right? Yeah right ........ I was excited. Learning new skills. Meeting brilliant new people. Hell I even discovered I was pretty good at this new craft. I was working hard and having fun, until my values were compromised. And oh boy, they were massively compromised. I got upset. I was triggered. I'm an advocate for JUSTICE, hence the work I do on a voluntary basis with TRY Australia. The business I worked in did not practice what they preached. Being an advocate for justice, and exercising my value of COURAGE, I stood up, spoke up and left. The next role I stepped into, a small family business. Once again I observed a values compromise. This time it was around FREEDOM. Staff silenced and not able to speak up. In a culture of control and blame, they feared for their jobs. Not one of them could tell me what the vision or values of the business were. Unaffected in the early weeks, I called it out for what it was. That was the beginning of my demise. COURAGE is in my top 3 values. I'm not afraid to say what needs to be said. You won't find me talking about you behind your back. I'll tell you straight and I'll let you know you may not like it. I had my very own Mark Bouris moment "You're Fired". I felt amazingly calm. I didn't argue (I have been famous for that). I didn't defend what I was accused of. None of it was true. I took the high ground and expressed gratitude for the experience. Why? Because I learned something valuable about myself that day. I am an entrepreneur. I contribute to something bigger than myself. I create. I learn. I grow. I do. I take risks. I'm focused. I feel overwhelming love for my clients and the people in my life. I'm intuitive and I learn by my mistakes. I know this because I have lived experience and evidence. My clients choose to work with me because of WHO I am and WHAT I bring. I embrace my flaws. I honour and respect every decision I have ever made and I have immense gratitude for those who have retrenched me, divorced me and fired me. I'm clear that I have some wisdom to share in this space and this is my journey. The mistake I made twice, was not doing my due diligence on the culture before signing up for the challenge. LinkedIn is a powerful platform to do this research. Finding past employees is not a difficult task. I lacked attention to detail when I got caught up in the excitement. I got the learning. Twice, I failed to take responsibility and take the necessary action sooner. I knew it was not working. Once again, I got the learning. I know who I am. Today marks my new beginning. I have great courage and I am free. I value what I bring to this life. Being locked out is far better than being locked in. My self belief is high, my courage has no boundaries and my passion is unlimited. If you are tired of settling for second best and need a coach with courage who will hold you fast to what you want in your life, I'm ready. Are you?