A Case Against Mentorship

Mentorship. Every semester for eight years I have spoken in business class after class at St. Kate’s giving my tips to succeed in the business world. #1 was always “find a mentor.” That advice is changing starting today.

6 months ago, some of my own mentors remained the last & largest roadblock to overcome in making the decision to quit my job…until my counselor suggested an alternative universe I had never considered–“Shannon, what if you don’t need mentors anymore?”

Whoa. EVERYONE needs a mentor….right? But can mentorship ever end up turning harmful? Continue reading “A Case Against Mentorship”

What are you craving MORE of?

I have a confession to make. But first, a tiny bit of backstory–

A few weeks ago I was coaching a leader through a major hiring decision on his team. He was struggling to decide between two highly qualified candidates, navigate internal and external pressures, and find the right way to message to all parties involved. We had a FREAKING AWESOME conversation. It was seriously beautiful to watch him light up the path toward the best decision for his total team.

As I said goodbye I had a light bulb of my own that hit me like a ton of bricks– Continue reading “What are you craving MORE of?”

TRICK QUESTION: What do you Regret?

This past week I had the opportunity to have a leisurely talk with my sister as she works through a major life decision.  Her number one fear as she debates? Regret.

We all live in FEAR of it. But really….dig deep. Think about all the times you feared you’ll regret a decision vs. the number of times you actually did. I’d like to bet you never truly and deeply regretted a single decision in your life. Even the terrible ones. Continue reading “TRICK QUESTION: What do you Regret?”

What Was Your Playlist for 2016?

You guyzzzzz……I have had this complete & total explosion of ideas the past few days! Ugh! I’m gushing. Can’t wait to share. But I feel the need to do things chronologically.

So…it’s the last day of the year. And holy crap. A lot has happened. So much has changed. I don’t really want to rehash all the details in words (go back and read my blog from the beginning if you’d like to). So instead I’m giving myself and you this playlist available on Spotify here. Take a listen! It’s like my life story in 2016. No joke. Ok, fine. So here’s a bit of (con)text for each song too.

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What was your Ultimate Failure?

Failure. (I hope) we’ve all experienced it. There’s that old quote—

But seriously. Isn’t it true? I couldn’t tell you a whole lot about what I learned from my last “success.” Probably a bunch of the trite things people say like—perseverance, singular focus, bringing other people along, blah, blah, blah….

My failures though. Oooo. Ouch. I can tell you a lot about that. So let’s #RealTalk about what I view as my ULTIMATE failure in the hopes that I can reframe it for myself & show you how to do the same! Continue reading “What was your Ultimate Failure?”

I Knew Him & I Loved Him: Jimmiee Gaulden (and his “30 Things for Others” Story)

Are you doing what I’m doing right now? I’m getting ready to give & receive some fabulous physical gifts with those I love. Or maybe you’re all prepped and ready! So you’re on to the next big holiday writing a list a mile long of all the ways you want to improve upon your life in the New Year!

Can I give you another kind of giving & resolutions challenge? Yeah? I love how y’all are always up for new challenges! You’re gonna change the world with this one. Believe me.

I want to encourage you to pause. Take 20 minutes & make a list of ways you want to give to & enhance other lives in the new year.

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How Do You Measure Your Worth?

Self-worth. Do you have a lot of it? The first step to answering that question is to define how you measure it, right? So let’s talk about that!
Unfortunately, I have had many opportunities to feel worthless since making this life change 2 ½ months ago. Here’s a handful of things people have said to me— Continue reading “How Do You Measure Your Worth?”

I Know Him & I Love Him! – 11 Life Lessons from John Schottler

Once again, I’m breaking up the “deep questions” posts with profiles of people that I know & love! Reminder: my intent in doing these profiles is to inspire myself and others by celebrating beautiful human beings and what makes them so fabulous.

Missed my first profile on my Mom? Check it out here.

Now on to the second profile: My wonderful dad, John Schottler! He’s a man of few words (lesson #6) so if you really want to learn from him you have to dedicate time to observing his actions. I’m excited to summarize 30 years of observation with you!

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What do your photos say about you? A before & after story…

So…I’ve been digging through old photos as I look for shots for my blog. As I flipped through screen after screen of pictures I started to realize just how much the photos you take can say about who you are and what you prioritize in life.

Can I share two little before stories & one after story with you through pictures? Yeah? Ok, cool! Everybody loves a good before & after, am I right?! But these aren’t at all like the typical before & afters you’re used to…

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