Highlights of This Episode:
- Catalytic moments that pulled Val out of the nervous, fearful shell she had as a child and young adult
- Why Val loved being a social worker in inner-city schools — and why she eventually left that job to become a life coach
- How she got past the mindset of finding it difficult to charge for her services
- What lights Val up about the coaching work she does
- Why she started the Ryan Banks Academy
- How she balances her coaching business and the academy
- Which path she’d choose, and why, if she had to focus on just one of those areas
- What lessons she has learned from starting RBA
“There comes a point where you have to stop doing the research and just get out there and take action.” –Valerie Groth (Click to share – thanks!)
About Valerie Groth:
Before entering the world of entrepreneurship, Valerie Groth was a social worker in the inner-city schools of Chicago. Her dual Master’s degrees in Social Work and Educational Leadership helped her work with students in crisis, providing individual and group counseling services to students dealing with abuse, neglect, violence, hunger, and mental illness. She also arranged immediate psychiatric hospitalization for students who were suicidal or homicidal.
After her work with students in crisis, Val started the life coaching practice she currently runs. She works with clients around the world on overcoming fear, gaining self confidence, and making massive positive transformations in their lives. Valerie also hosts the Inspiration With Val podcast, which features inspirational interviews with individuals from all walks of life, ranging from millionaire entrepreneurs to cancer survivors to award winning authors and pro athletes. The podcast, which is a top-ranked podcast on iTunes, has received over 140,000 unique downloads per month from listeners in more than 130 countries.
Val’s newest project is to build Chicago’s first boarding school for inner-city students. The Ryan Banks Academy (named after one of her former students who was shot and killed) will open its doors in time for the 2018–2019 school year. It seeks to affect the lives of students through a rigorous college and career preparatory education, a supportive boarding program, and a focus on personal development in a positive environment.
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Inspiration with Val podcast
- Ryan Banks Academy
- World Domination Summit
- Michael Hyatt
- Eagle Rock School
- Hershey School
- The SEED School
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