I was stuck.
I had been laid off from a great job a few years prior and despite finding a new job almost immediately, I found myself needing to replace my long term vision for my career. However, I was so depressed that I couldn’t even begin to think of a career field that would bring me satisfaction.
My entire life had been spent trying to be successful as a sports journalist and after a few years of working in that field, I’d decided I no longer wanted to pursue that dream. Problem was, I had no idea what other skills I possessed that were even marketable.
After struggling for months, my father-in-law introduced me to the book Business Model You – and suddenly, I was able to take my journalist blinders off and see other skills and interests that could be channeled into a fulfilling career.
Written by Tim Clark, Business Model You takes the one-page business model template (from the book Business Model Generation) and adjusts it so that the person working through the book becomes the business, creating a model that highlights Key Partners, Key Activities, Value Provided, Customers, etc. and looks at ways someone can turn interests, skills and experience into a career that fits who they are.
For me, the process of looking at myself as a business helped me see all the other skills I had to offer outside of writing and web skills, and it allowed me to see careers beyond sports writing that I could be happy and successful in. These skills led me to see how coaching would be a natural fit for me. Had I looked at coaching before this process though, I would’ve dismissed it like I dismissed dozens of other career options at that point.
I have since revised my one-page business model from its original version, but the things I uncovered during the process have helped me mold my coaching approach in a way that takes advantage of my interests and skills and makes it so I have a driving purpose in what I do.
The only thing I wish I’d done differently in this experience is had a coach help me through the process. While I prefer autonomy and was quite capable of figuring things out on my own, I know that working with a coach would’ve helped me sort through this process faster and would’ve brought clarity as I created my personal business model.
I’ve linked a copy of the model with this article and I encourage anyone that’s stuck to take a look at it and see if you can find some way to move ahead. And if you have any questions or need any advice, I’m only an email away.