I met Anne at one of the big fitness events she used to put together for us fitness instructors teaching the program. There were hundreds of us, all high-strong excited fitness instructors needing attention, and Anne maneuvered through the mob of us like a super hero, smiling, hugging, listening, paying attention, making everyone feel special and welcome, while never missing a beat on working on 100 million things she was in charge of.
She is one of those people at first interaction, I decided that "She WILL be my friend," and I used all my extrovert charms and pseudo-stalker skills to become friends with her. Fast forward a few years, our careers have each evolved to a place that we can collaborate and support one another in more meaningful manner, and I am so excited that she will be one of the coaches/speakers/instructors at my Strength & Relaxation Retreat in Costa Rica!
Want to learn more about how amazing this woman is? Read on.
1. Tell me a little about what you do and how you got started.
It’s been a long and winding road that led to me being a speaker and life coach. After almost 20 years in leadership and educational roles with companies like Under Armour, Les Mills US, and Town Sports International, I decided to take my show on the road, go rogue, and do my own thing! I have been performing and educating all my life and the thought of being a speaker always appealed to me. I saw a John Maxwell Team certification opportunity to become a leadership coach and heard great things about the program, so I started my own journey.
2. What prompted you to leave a traditional career – what caused you to make a change?
For weeks, my alarm went off on Monday morning and I hit the snooze bar for up to 2 hours, dreading the start of my day and going into work. I was miserable, even though I reached a high level career
3. What was the scariest part about breaking out on your own?
Fear is a DAILY thing out here on my own!!! There are so many new and scary things that you have to do. Obviously leaving a steady paycheck and benefits behind was pretty scary. Not knowing whether it would work out and not knowing exactly what you’re doing. You’re never 100% ready. It’s never all lined up, and it never works out like you think it will. The key is giving yourself the knowledge and resources so you can have the confidence that you need to just keep putting one foot in front of the other every….single….day!
4. Where did you get the money to get started?
I did some training, but otherwise the only start-up money I needed was for a website, business cards, etc. I saved a lot of money…well…some money. I charged some things to my credit card. I eventually ran out of money and credit, but it coincided with when my new business was taking off. Pretty cool how that worked out.
5. At what point did you know you had something good?
When I was kicking off my business, I decided to do a fitness and figure competition. I won, and suddenly asked myself, “why the heck aren’t I using my experience with personal training, weight loss and life coaching to help people transform their lives?” I could help people start with the right mindset to finally lose weight and keep it off. I suddenly felt something that made so much sense, could help a lot of people, and could genuinely bring together my experience and passion. That was a great launch moment.
6. Please share with us the pros and cons of running your own business in your own words, in your own life.
The pros, you write your own story. You make your own rules. The cons….you write your own story and make your own rules! Ha! The hustle is also something I find as a con. My hope is that eventually I will be doing well enough with word of mouth business that I won’t have to ask for new business. As an entrepreneur, I’m my own sales force, so the hustle will always be there to a degree, but that “make your own rules” thing is enough of a pro to make me stick with it.
7. What was the single most important factor that contributed to your success?
BALLS! Sorry….Guts. Grit. Huevos. Cajones. Perseverance and belief in myself. Shameless, unapologetic, courageous, foolish, bull-headed belief in what I’m capable of and the refusal to take the easy, safe, secure, logical, smart way out.
8. Your confidence is inspiring! What has helped you keep that positive outlook the whole way through, even when it’s hard?
I'm naturally a very positive person, so it's kind of my default setting, but I know it's also a choice and takes intentional effort! We have the option to be able to choose our attitude and reactions to things. Sometimes it's the only thing we can control. Making a choice to see the positive in a situation is HUGE! It's hard, but it can be done.
Believing that you have some power in the course of your life also helps. You have to be able to bob and weave, because things NEVER work out the way you think they will, and you always have to be flexible and be able to adjust as you learn. Lastly, putting in the work (and figuring out the resources you need) can help you feel that power and have something to believe in when times are tough.
9. How do you suggest people have confidence in themselves without being blind to their own faults and overextending themselves?
One day I was driving to work, it struck me that...NONE OF US KNOW WHAT THE HELL WE'RE DOING!!!
Even the people you think have it all figured out....they're clueless and scared too! Not only that, they're not watching me! They're so busy worrying about their own situation, and thinking that I have it all together, that they don't notice my missteps most of the time.
Meet Seo Kelleher, an intuitive coach for life and business, committed to empowering women. "I am passionate about helping women find the courage to transform their lives by embracing their vulnerability and taking the responsibility."