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Meet Gina Su

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Su.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I hated my job. Even though I had a great boss and coworkers that were my friends, I never like the work I was doing. So I quit that PR job and found a new job working at a fitness startup company hoping it would better align with my passions. When I continued to feel unfulfilled and couldn’t figure out why I hired a life coach.

My life coach, Erica, changed my life. I started to understand my values, my internal conflicts, what my true life goals were – everything became clear to me. Turns out, I was searching for a deeper purpose in my work, and I realized that I wanted to change people’s lives for the better, just like my coach did for me. I trained to become a certified professional life and career coach and have never looked back since.

Today I coach private clients, teach workshops, and speak at events. I help people ignite their inner go-getter attitude and show them how simple it is to decide to enjoy life. I’ve helped clients quit smoking and land their dream job. I’ve helped entrepreneurs and artists create their own businesses and helped employees fall in love with their jobs again.

I feel so fulfilled in this career, that I am also able to pursue my passion for acting. Today, I work as both a coach and an actress, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the work I get to do.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think any goal or dream worth fighting for is easy. So I’m happy to list my many struggles along the way:

– I felt paralyzed when I didn’t like my first job. I didn’t know how to quit. I felt ashamed and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.
– When I quit my second job, it was right before our company got acquired. I had to decide if I wanted the financial growth or freedom to start my coaching career.
– Starting my own business was hard. Getting my first paying client was hard. Keeping my business running was hard. I had to dive deep with my relationship with money and process it while I was growing a business.
– Almost 100% of the time, I didn’t know how to do something: create a website, set my rates, do a sales pitch, teach a workshop. Everything was new territory for me, and I had to deal with the frustrations of my own learning curve.
– My family didn’t know what life coaching was or how I would make money doing it. They were genuinely supportive of me but didn’t understand the industry. This made it hard for me to feel fully supported while struggling to get the business off the ground.
– Today, the challenges continue, and I don’t believe they should ever stop. Now I am working on finding the balance of pursuing my acting career alongside my coaching business.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
As a life and career coach, I connect mostly with millennials and people who are optimistic and passionate at heart. I have a background in positive psychology and often bring those teachings into my work. I specialize in career goals and strategic planning to accomplish the client’s desires. I am also a healthy junkie, and in a committed 8-year relationship, so many clients seek my coaching in those areas as well.

I’ll let my clients speak for me in these testimonials:

“After just one workshop, my to-do list is not only organized but broken up into steps and details as to how to accomplish my weekly goals. I feel so motivated, and I would not have been able to rethink my mindset around my to-do list without Gina. So excited! Thanks, Gina!” -Aleks E.

I’ve taken a couple of workshops, and life coaching sessions with Gina and she will change your life! She is so motivating, so inspiring, so thoughtful. She will make you a better person. Honestly, take a workshop with her! -Sam F.

What sets me apart from others is my personality and approach to self-development. I am bubbly, passionate, and care a lot about people. I never take clients whom I don’t believe are as committed as I am. I don’t waste time lingering on past traumas or overanalyzing what is wrong.

I focus on what is going right, and I believe that this strategy pulls people forward rather than needing to be pushed. I believe in hard work, so if a client has big dreams but is unwilling to do the work, I will not take them on as my client.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Honestly, I don’t believe in the idea of regret because I know that all mistakes and hardships teach me a valuable life lesson. Though, if I could give my younger self some advice, it would be to learn how to manage my stress and take life easy.

I’ve always been the type of person who was focused on obtaining certainty and a specific outcome. That personality trait has lead me to many life wins, but it has also used up a lot of energy. The time I spent worrying, stressing, or over analyzing, could have been better used in meditating, strategic planning, or just enjoying life!

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Jeff Lee, Joanne Brent, Dana Patrick

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