This article was originally published here: Carol Gockel – Founder of The Wandel Group
Low self-esteem almost destroyed Carol Gockel but with help she became sufficiently confident to help others improve their lives.
What’s your story?
I was brought up to believe my voice and views weren’t important, my worth as a person would be tied to how well I married.
Growing up it was if I don’t fit into a mould, I would be deemed unworthy and unwanted. The lack of self confidence and self love lead me to poor relationships which ended with a suicide attempt.
A coach helped transformed my life. Wanted to do what she did for me. That was the reason why I started my business as a Confidence Coach, helping women rediscover their inner power to live the life they want.
What excites you most about your industry?
Being able to guide my clients to transform their business and their lives, to bear witness to their journey to success.
The misconception on coaching is people thought I’d tell them what to do. What I really do is to direct them to see things differently; to be able to get a solution to their needs and to touch their lives in a meaningful way. That is how I make a difference.
What drives you in business to push beyond what other people consider normal?
It would be knowing what I do has a bigger purpose. A purpose that is bigger than me. It is about knowing and going back to the WHY that kept me going.
What have been the most useful skills you have learnt and applied in your journey?
Personality profiling and Neuro Linguistic Programming haved been useful in, first, the mastery of self then understanding the why, how and what makes people behave the way they do.
The skills of personal image and branding add value and enable my clients to allow an inside and outside transformation.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
It would be in a form of a quote by Socrates “The more I know, the more I know that I don’t know.”
That spurs me to attain in-depth knowledge to grow myself personally and professionally so as to serve my clients.
Who inspires you?
The coach who helped me with my first break through. She help me realise my path, in the same way I’m helping my clients with theirs.
Without her, I wouldn’t have had the courage to put my story into a book, aptly titled: Break Through, with world renown motivational speaker, Les Brown and 20 other global authorities.
What have you learnt recently that blew you away?
I’ve learned that technology isn’t as scary as I thought. That creating and editing a video isn’t as tough I as thought it would be. With video editing skills I learned during the lock down, I was able to produce fun videos with my family and for my business.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I wouldn’t do anything differently at all. Steve Jobs said: the dots will only connect when you look back and trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.
It is where it is meant to be.
How do you unwind?
1. I love curling up with a good book, being on my own.
2. Participating in learning journeys.
3. A good spa pampering. It is a form of unwind and recharge of one’s mind and spirit.
What is a major mindset change, belief shift or ‘ah ha’ moment that you’ve experienced in relation to your business?
When I started my business I had only wanted to make money. I was thinking small. Then I learned that I have blind spots, the only way to move forward is to seek guidance. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness but a way to leverage and recalibrate. Once I started receiving coaching I was able to leap frog towards my destination.
Everyone in business should read this book:
That would be Simon Sinek’s Start with Why.
Knowing your reason for doing why you do what you do and to constantly check back helps to keep you on course. When you know the why, you will know the how.
Shameless plug for your business:
Wandel is a German word for Change, Transition and Way of Life. At The Wandel Group we take the change to transform your life for the better; starting from the way you show your authority in the way you present yourself, to a mindset switch, then a concrete plan for you to take action towards success.
Speak to us today.
How can people connect with you?
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This interview is part of the CallumConnects series. Every entrepreneur featured has been recommended by one of our previous guests.