A Lesson In: Moving through fear and determining your 'why' with Shelly Brockman (Part 1)
Shelly Brockman is a numbers person. She says she is just as happy with a calculator and a pencil as she is with a new pair of shoes. Along with her love of numbers, Shelly also has a deep enthusiasm for examining human behavior and figuring out what drives people.
Shelly began working in the financial industry in Atlanta at the height of the 2002 stock market downturn. Then in 2008 when the housing market crashed along with the stock market Shelly witnessed first-hand how quickly someones life savings could be taken away from them through no fault of their own. It was during that time that Shelly had an epiphany. Were these people, who had just lost all their hard earned money, really happy doing it or were they just doing it so they could retire? She realized that life was too short to settle and she knew she wanted to make a change.
Fast forward to Shelly’s daughters second birthday and she had left what she refers to as her “former life” in the financial industry behind to start The Moxie Project.
The Moxie Project is a women’s small business and entrepreneurship training initiative with the mission to help women free themselves from the status quo and start living life on their own terms.
Shelly is so full of research based knowledge and real life experience helping women. We talked for so long that I felt it was best to split our conversation into two parts. Here are some of the things we discussed in Part 1 of our conversation:
- How witnessing two major economic downturns while working in the financial industry influenced her to start The Moxie Project
- The idea of making small changes in your life that when added up have a big impact
- The 3 fears that typically hold women back from pursuing their dreams
- Getting clarity in your mind in order to make your ideas a reality
- What traits and actions make the happiest and most successful people
- Living with and moving through your FEAR
- The importance of determining your WHY
More about Shelly:
Books Shelly mentions: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey