Tammy Gooler Loeb: How To Discover What Success Means To You
About Our Guest
Tammy Gooler Loeb is a Career and Executive Coach. We’ve had a few seasoned coaches on the show so far, but they are all quite different in terms of their backgrounds, the profiles of their customers, and generally how they go about running their business.
Tammy isn’t just a coach, she’s also part of a thriving podcaster community with me called altPodcasters, started by Feisworld since October 2014. I’m thrilled to see her launching her show as of December 2018 called Work from the Inside Out.
“I was raised to believe that success looks like this - you go to school, you develop a profession, you need someone to get married, you need 2.3 children, you follow this path, and you find out “Actually, I don’t really like this. I need to do something else to feel successful.”
This episode is for you if you are:
Dissatisfied with your role or level
Frustrated with your job search
Challenged to think objectively or create a career plan
Restricted by a manager or company that impede your growth
Interested in changing career or industry
“I think we need to be far more mindful what success means to us. We owe it to ourselves to go after whatever that is for us, or at least to discover what that is.”
As a Career Coach, Tammy is able to speak to these pain points many people are experiencing today across different industries.
It doesn’t mean you have to leave your job right away. Turns out, many people who find little satisfaction in their current jobs are also struggling with what they might want to do next. Tammy helps us understand how we can discover what success means to us individually, not collectively. Everyone’s measurement for success is different.
In addition to career coaching, we explore Tammy’s business set up as a coach, and how she’s able to maintain a stable income while working as an entrepreneur for over 20 years.
Whether you are an entrepreneur or freelance, your income may be unpredictable at times. Tammy shared a great secret of hers to put you back in the driver’s seat.
Are you a new podcaster, or podcasters-to-be? This is a great episode for you to hear firsthand from a new podcaster like Tammy. She speaks to her learning as a podcaster, her interaction with her guests on the show and how it changed her life and perspectives. (Podcasting is not all rainbows and unicorns but surely is worth it!) Within the release of her first 10 episodes, some magic always began to spark. These are the behind the scenes stories I wish more creators will share with the community.
[05:00] How do you feel knowing that your family comes from a group of people that had to stand very tough/rough moments? (Jewish). Does that impact the way you think or do things?
[09:00] When did you realize that full-time jobs weren’t a good choice for you/weren’t fulfilling?
[10:00] What are some of the examples you’ve seen of people that don’t like their job?
[12:00] What would you tell to someone that has found a plateau in their career? How should they look at it, what would you recommend?
[16:00] How do you feel after releasing your first 10 episodes?
[18:00] What are your thoughts on exchanging interviews as a podcaster?
[20:00] What does success mean to you, and what were some of the interesting differences you found with some of your guests?
[22:00] How did you start your coaching business and what were some of the first clients?
[28:00] Could you share some of your tips for other entrepreneurs in terms of how to deal with an unstable income and possible ways to work around that?
[30:00] How do you choose what things to commit to? For example paid vs unpaid gigs, opportunities to get your message out there, talks, keynotes, etc. How do you balance them as a freelancer?
[32:00] What are your goals/hopes/wishes for you and your clients for this year, 2019?
[34:00] How do you deal with feedback, and exposure, once you put your word out there? Do you feel vulnerable in some way, and how do you handle that?
When you think about what these people went through so that I could have this life, I don’t take that for granted for one minute.
I just knew that I want to do something I could feel an ownership of, and really put my mark on it and also to help people.
If I could put a group of people like that, who could be in community with one another, not feel so alone with it, inspire and encourage one another, and bring their wisdom to something like that, that would be very instrumental.
I was raised to believe that success looks like this - you go to school, you develop a profession, you need someone to get married, you need 2.3 children, you follow this path. I’m sort of painting a very conventional picture but whatever that success image was for you, and you follow that path, and you find out “Actually, I don’t really like this. I need to do something else to feel successful.
I think we need to be far more mindful what success means to us. We owe it to ourselves to go after whatever that is for us, or at least to discover what that is.
Are you a podcaster?
I created a group just for podcasters called altPodcasters. We are a group of creators who are rethinking and reinventing the way we make our podcasts. Unlike many others, we don’t just focus on downloads, or the number of followers we have. Instead we put attention towards the crafts of our shows, building a small but powerful tribe, then go from there. We are accepting and evaluating new members now, learn more here.