Two sports fans turn to Career Ownership Coaching™ and hit a double. Inspired by his own career coaching journey, Ed Gow made the decision to help others find self-sufficiency and financial security.
After being downsized from his corporate career in event ticket sales due to the pandemic, Gow turned to The Entrepreneur’s Source® to help draft his future. During his career in the corporate world, Gow led client services and built client relationships for a company delivering ticketing technology products and services to clients and fans.
“The entertainment and ticketing industry took a massive hit this year. It’s going to come back, but it will be different when it does,” Gow added. “My wife and I decided to take this time to explore our dream of starting our own business.”
Going through a career transition gave Gow and his wife, Andrea, the push they needed to discover the American dream. Gow and his wife had dreamed of opening their own business as a way for Andrea to return to the workforce. After a successful career of her own in the ticketing industry, Andrea spent many years as a stay-at-home parent caring for their sons. Now that their oldest is away at college and their youngest son is a junior in high school, she was ready to tackle a new career. The pair are slated to open the first of three exercise franchises in Orange County, California, later this year. “The Exercise Coach was the right business model for us,” Gow said. “We’re both active, and this brand targets people who are 45 and older, offering them the opportunity to stay in shape with two 20-minute workouts a week.”
Discovering his goals and learning about new opportunities propelled Gow to uncover his true passion for helping people. At the same time as his wife was concentrating on getting their fitness business up and running, Gow realized his business future by becoming a Career Ownership Coach™ with The Entrepreneur’s Source®.
“I enjoy connecting with people and helping folks. I really enjoy learning about people and learning about their experience and providing a useful service,” Gow said. “We had such a great experience with our coach, when he suggested this as an opportunity, I jumped in with both feet.”
Career Ownership Coaching™ helps people determine their own American Dream with an Income, Lifestyle, Wealth and Equity™ assessment. Having a safe space to discover his goals helped Gow realize he was good at helping people discover entrepreneurship.
“As a TES coach, I am busier now than I was at my corporate job. My calendar has been full. I think perhaps people are more willing to look at opportunities because jobs are limited due to current events.”
One of his clients, Steve Shiffman, spent more than 40 years in sports marketing for major league baseball teams. When he was faced with a career transition, he turned to Gow for advice. “Steve kept an open mind throughout his journey and was willing to explore possibilities,” Gow said.
After determining Shiffman’s I.L.W.E. goals, Gow worked with him to show him the different options for his future, including staying in the corporate world, starting his own business or turning to franchising.
Shiffman saw the writing on the wall and knew his industry would take time to return to pre-pandemic numbers. In addition to being able to eat dinner at home every night, Shiffman wanted a career that would be environmentally friendly and give him the opportunity to work with his son, who is about to graduate from college. “I’m a green type of guy, and I wanted a business with only a few employees that would allow me to work from home,” he added.
Shiffman opted to purchase a franchise with Smash My Trash, a mobile trash compactor service that helps businesses save money by reducing waste processing costs. Shiffman is excited about the opportunity to help businesses cut costs and be green. His new franchise gives him the opportunity to use his sales skills to gain clients. “I’m confident in my ability to get things done. Put me in front of someone; I can sell ice to Eskimos,” Shiffman said.
Shiffman is attending training for his new franchise this month and plans to open his doors when his truck arrives by June.
If you are suffering from Battered Career Syndrome® or enduring a career transition and are ready to pursue a path to financial security, visit The Entrepreneur’s Source® to learn more about taking ownership of your career. Work with a global network of hundreds of Career Ownership Coaches™ to discover your career vision and check out our guide book, “Your Career 2.0®: A Survival Guide for The Battered Career and Investor Syndrome®.”