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035: How To Build A Business Based On Who You Are And Actually Enjoy Your Work

Stephanie LH Calahan

How one finds out what they want, what audience they want to serve and how to do it by being themselves instead of emulating all the gurus.

Today’s guest is a woman who has a path that is so similar to many of us, who are searching for a better way of living our lives. We are in a job that we dislike, and feel the ambition and drive to take control of our futures and go it alone. But what can it be like when you also have the burning passion to also help the world find a better way of living too, but you find that path that you created, is actually destroying you little by little. Your dreams and ambitions are actually the very things that kick you in the teeth and stop you in your tracks.

Well, my guest had been in corporate America and was used to hustling, working extremely hard everyday, and coming back for more again and again. It was what she did. And what she knew. But after taking the leap of faith and setting up her own coaching and consulting business, as well as serving her community and helping clients and friends find the passions and path in life, she realized that she had taken on too much.

Her body started shutting down. She had pushed herself to the limit of her personal endurance, and had hit a crossroads. In her own words “I created a trap for myself where I took that toxic environment that I had in the corporate world and created my own version. I was doing things that I was really excited about, but the problem was that I did not put any of me into any of that time.”

And so she stopped and assessed.  She made the difficult decisions that went against who she was, but knew would make her who she wanted to be. And now with a flourishing business, a wonderful home life and a smile that literally covers the whole of her face, isn’t she glad that she did just that.

She is a Business Vision Catalyst and is known for the fast transformations that she facilitates with her clients through, working at the intersection of heart and head, Stephanie works with purpose-driven entrepreneurs to leverage their business and get their message out with power, ease and joy; so they can make a powerfully positive difference in the world, exponentially up-level their profits, shift their mindset towards possibility and take a no-excuses approach to boldly creating a highly successful and meaningful business built around who they are.

With her unique combination of right-brained and left-brained thinking, intuitive insight, passion, results-based coaching, powerful questioning and strategic systematizing magic, in record time her clients dance with joy as their visions become reality in their business.

She has been in business for herself since 2002. Prior to that she consulted Fortune 50 companies and led a team of 300 software developers and consultants. Plus degrees in computer science business information systems and business Human Resources and marketing. She has also acquired over 20 certifications in various areas of business, productivity & psychology since starting her biz.


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About the author, Brian

A family guy and entrepreneur that has always been super curious about what makes people think and do what they do. I love to read about business, marketing and personal growth and love to share what I learn to help inspire others to be happier and to become the best person they can be! You can reach Brian at


  1. Lisa Wozniak on 05/20/2017 at 6:02 PM

    I loved this podcast “How to build a business based upon who you are” there were so many powerful messages to walk away with. I learned a similar message the hard way and have since lived by the motto, “Life is too short NOT to do the work that makes your heart sing”. Great podcast Brian, I love your format!

  2. Stephanie LH Calahan on 06/04/2017 at 10:25 PM

    Hi Brian
    Thank you so much for having me on the show! I had a great time talking with you.

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