Are you successful? Do you wake up in the morning thinking, I am successful, or I am becoming successful?
I (Andrea) think I have had success in some things. Do I consider myself “successful?” I’m not sure yet. Well, that’s a foolish answer. The truth is, no, I don’t feel successful yet. Because to me, being successful means that I will have achieved what I set out to do. And in the case of Coffee Talk Consulting, I’ll feel successful when I’ve been able to meet lots people from around the country and help them reach for a more independent work life.
So why am I talking about success today? Well, last week I was doing some research. And when you do research, you inevitably start down the internet rabbit hole, weaving to the left and right, finding interesting and unusual things buried about. And as I was weaving, I came across a website. It was a coaching site, and it was created by someone who was teaching (among other things) people how to become virtual assistants.
Of course, this is near and dear to my heart, so I decided to browse. The site looked professional and seems to have been in business for many years. As we here at CTC are into coaching, and we have worked for different coaches, we like to see what other people offer, and how much they charge. This is where things got sticky.
As best as I could figure out, it appeared to be about $2900 for four months of coaching. Let that sink in a bit. Twenty-nine hundred dollars. For that much money I want to move into the coach’s house and get three square meals along with the program. And use of a car.
So, yes, I had a big problem with the pricing. Because, if you’re just starting out, how do you have $2900 to spend? I know I didn’t when I started as a VA, and I came right out of a nicely-paid corporate job.
But I think the thing that bothered me the most is that, as I read and researched more, the coach really seemed to flaunt the financial success of the business by talking about trips and posting vacation photos to far away places few of us will ever see. I am thrilled to see people making use of their talents and being able to support themselves financially and grow a business. But I struggle with the idea that you must flaunt that success. You ask people for thousands of dollars, and then you show them where that money went. I think it’s an even bigger sore point because we have had the opportunity to provide VA support for someone who does coaching and training - and I absolutely know he makes more money that we’ll ever see. But you’d never know it. Not from his website, or Facebook page, or seeing him in person. He’s extremely successful.
I guess the moral of my story (and maybe it’s only a moral for myself) is this. I am not willing to have success at the expense of others. We’re here to help. To walk the path of success with you. Not to put you back financially for a year while we head off to a tropical destination.
Maybe I’ll never be overwhelmingly wealthy, but I will be a success.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.