Guest Wake-Up by Sarah McGee: Turmoil to triumph, a personal story

What a week it was for the newest round of Certified Strategies Coaches (CSCs)! I need to introduce myself before we move forward, and I tell my story. My name is Sarah McGee and I am one of the newest CSCs.

My story is like that of many other small business owners. I’ve seen most things, dealt with the craziest things. I had an entrepreneurial seizure and decided it was time to join and expand my family business. Little did I know what I was getting myself into! Since that day I have learned many lessons, more than I could ever wish on my worst enemy. This among other things has given me the passion to be here today and talk with you about my journey.

For those of you who have read No-Compromise Leadership by Strategies founder/CEO Neil Ducoff, you know all about the fiery pits of hell. I have lived them. Not only have I lived them, I have survived them and enjoyed the journey that came from them. In case you think I’m exaggerating about understanding what business woes are, let me give you a few examples.

When I started with Strategies, my company’s payroll average was a whopping 72% of our total sales. My father and I went for years without getting a paycheck. We were in danger of losing the family house. We had a staff walkout, eventually losing half of our employees.

Fiery pits of hell? Yeah, I know them. When I came to Strategies, I heard the stories of their coaches. I heard the hope and the good that could come from the systems they had learned how to teach.

I am a living example of how Strategies works. We began to implement what Strategies teaches and since 2008, when the recession was getting ugly, we’ve had double-digit growth. Our total payroll averages 34% — that’s less than half of what it was. My father and I consistently get paychecks. We make it work; our team makes it work.

The day I started with Strategies, I swore that I would be a coach for them. Four years later that dream has come true. I want to give other business owners the hope and joy that Strategies has given me.

I have been through many educational courses, read more books than some libraries have in stock and heard the stories from others. My journey would not have come to this point today without the meat and potatoes that Strategies has given me in classes or the accountability that my Strategies coaches have instilled in me.

I would not be writing this MMWU without the help from someone outside my company. I would not be have been able to clearly see my company without the direction and guidance as well as the focus and knowledge that I have been provided in my time as a client of Strategies.

Are you struggling at figuring out what needs to happen next to get you to the next level in your company? Are you feeling burnout and exhaustion from the day-to-day issues in your company? You aren’t alone. I’ve felt it. My heart breaks at the stories of people who really love their concepts but get stuck in the crud that comes along with not always following through properly.

Strategies can help you. It doesn’t matter what size you are, how you pay or what industry you are in. Every entrepreneur feels it at some moment. We are here to help. Let us know how.

With love and compassion,
Sarah McGee
Certified Strategies Coach Newbie

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1 Response to “Guest Wake-Up by Sarah McGee: Turmoil to triumph, a personal story”

  1. 1 Brooke
    August 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Congratulations Sarah! Good Luck!

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