Business on Her Terms
Conducting business on her own terms has been the ultimate reward for all the work Michele Bergh has done to improve her professional life. It was going on 15 years, and Michele had grown increasingly tired of all the politics involved in government — yes, the irony isn’t lost on us.
Not that she wasn’t proud of her work at the Department of Parks and Recreation, it was just that everything became about trade-offs to serve the community. So, she decided to find another way to be of service, with a vocation more in line with her values.
The answer? Life coaching. She took some courses, got a slew of certifications, and opened shop. Though she found the work rewarding, she came to a realization: she didn’t want her earnings dependent upon someone else’s willingness to heal.
Michele took a step back to really look at her life. Her long-held belief has been that every experience leads you towards something. And when you’re able to recognize the commonalities in those experiences, you’ll know the direction for your life.
The key is to look at what you like and what you want to keep, and then evaluate where you want to go and how to get there. It was around this time when Michele met Mickey, and the two became fast friends. Michele decided to take one of Mickey’s prosperity classes, where she was able to get clarity around her values — to see who she was at her core. This values works was…dare we say, valuable.
Michele was able to use her background to start a consulting business, where she works as an advisor to jump-start other businesses. But she doesn’t just take on any old client. She decides to work with someone if they’re coming from a place of joy. She’s very mindful that her work style matches that of each new client.
The approach has paid off. She now has clients in seven countries and 26 states, with no signs of slowing down. The prosperity mindset changed how Michele made money and who she made money with. She learned that money isn’t just about money. It’s about the opportunities it can afford you.
If Michele’s journey can teach us anything, it’s that a willingness to do the work — and the hard work, at that — can allow you to become the person you want to be, both personally and professionally.