From corporate to coaching: How one woman started over at 51

Posted at 10:57 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 09:41:40-04

Nancy Rizzo built her career in the Corporate America or 30 years.  But at 51, she decided she had enough and quit.

"I was so displaced after I quit my job," Rizzo said.  She didn't know what was next in her journey and she was worried the example she was setting for her children.

"I was so mortified at the time that I quit my job before I launched the business...I was like oh my goodness what am I teaching my children?"

After sitting in what her kids named "the chair" for weeks, debating her next move, she decided to speak with a dear friend.  From that conversation, she decided life coaching was her calling.

Rizzo went back to school and started her own business in Buffalo.  Her journey isn't unusual. According to careers-advice-online.com, people on average will change their careers 5-7 times during their work life.

"If you got that little pilot light speaking to you, that's the pull, that's the tug."

She added when that happens, brainstorm what's next.

"You can look at your answers tomorrow and say what was I thinking? And maybe you come up with the same thing you said for simple, comfortable and do it my way."

She said a career change won't happen overnight--mistakes are made, lessons are learned along the way in order to get where you're supposed to be.

"If it doesn't work out, that's okay.  The next thing will show up," Rizzo said.  She continued, "When you arrive in your purpose and passion, it's a feeling of you don't work a day in your life and I have that blessing."

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