I found my way to Adrian’s door 5 months ago by proxy of being lost. I knew I needed a career shift, but felt paralyzed in weighing what, or where. The seemingly endless options presented by a full restart were not liberating but debilitating. When my baby sister was asked in elementary school what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said, “A fire truck.” This seemed an enviable career path compared to my swamp of misdirection.
Enter Adrian and A Path That Fits. Where my alumni association career counselor had whipped out overbearing lists of yet more career options although I already overflowedeth, Adrian started with… me. What was I actually passionate about? What inspired? What rekindled that spark and drive within me? We didn’t start with talk about jobs, we started by figuring out what makes me tick. And we found it.
Yes, *we* found it, but also, *I* found it. I wouldn’t have done it without Adrian’s prompting, patience, encouragement in just the right places, wisdom, and compassion — but in the end, I came out feeling like I’d had a spark re-ignited, a set of tools re-discovered, a new direction re-carved — based on accomplishments I’d made, and hence accompanied by a pride and confidence in having done so, and a set of resources to draw on going forward. It wouldn’t have happened without his expert guidance, or felt nearly so empowering under a different approach. (Ostensibly, “A Path That Fits” sounded better than “Teach A Man To Fish Life Coaching”.)
Have I since won the lotto and am typing this from a dolphin’s back off the coast of Tahiti? No. From the outside, my life may actually not look too wildly different. I’m at the same institution (but a place that I loved, and working on recasting my role there), and with a new schedule adjusted to fit in more outside work that I am truly passionate about. The spark has been relit, and it’s seeped into all areas of my life — I’m now in the singing group I’d always wanted to get into, in progress on the larger-scale art project I’d always wanted to pursue — and it’s no exaggeration to say that with this drive rekindled, in nearly every crevice at work and at home my life has at least subtly shifted, from surviving to truly thriving. From the inside, my world is changed from what it was five months ago. The brilliant thing is I can take confidence in knowing that I made that change, but go find the date-stamp of when it all started, and you’ll see it was Adrian’s brilliance in rekindling and fanning that flame while guiding me along the way.
If you’ve read this far through a review on career counseling / life coaching it’s probably safe to say it’s something that you’re at least considering. Please, do yourself a favor, consider no longer and go find your path that fits. You’ve made the right decision.