Sarah Corday is a certified Life and Career Coach who began her life coaching program in Chicago after spending three and a half years volunteering in South America.

She holds a dual certification from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (“Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence”, and “Conversations that Inspire: Coaching, Learning, Leadership, and Change”). Her clients include corporate executives, recent college graduates, senior level managers, event promoters, UI/UX designers, musicians, and elementary school teachers.

Sarah works with individuals who are determined to overcome personal blocks and obstacles, and her areas of expertise include public speaking, managing career transitions, and overcoming Imposter Syndrome.

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Sarah has a background in freelance writing, art consulting, and public speaking. Her writing can be found in both print and digital publications.

To connect with Sarah, or inquire about speaking engagements and rates, please click here.

I reached out to Sarah to help me prepare for an upcoming interview. It was going to be a long process with several rounds and I needed to be ready for anything. Sarah jumped right in and really helped me clarify my narrative and build a strong candidate story. She also took the time to  really dig into practice interview questions with me so I could more succinctly communicate impactful answers. She was willing to lean into all areas of prep and helped me feel incredibly prepared for the process. With her help, I successfully landed the new role!I highly recommend her for all things interview-prep related. She won’t disappoint. 

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Don’t Find Your Castle, Build Your Castle

Imagine I dumped bag full of blocks in front a child and said, “Find the castle!”

The child would probably stare at the pile for a moment, perplexed, and then start picking up each block individually, searching in vain for a medievil fortress.

Now, imagine I did the same thing but instead said, “Build a castle!”

Now, the child’s objective has changed completely. Rather than looking for something that’s supposedly hidden amongst the rubble before him, he can now take an active role in building something completely original.

Instead of a seeker, he becomes a creator. What’s more, he’s now actually thinking creatively, instead of trying to follow a pre-established set of rules or guidelines.

Don’t find the castle, build the castle

Have you ever been told that you need to “find yourself”? This adage makes it seem like there’s some complete, fully-formed version of you out there, just waiting to be found! All you have to do is travel or meditate or get the right job or drink an ancient herbal tea and sure enough, you’ll find that person.

But really, this whole notion is kind of absurd, which is why I love the quote below:

Life isn’t about finding yourself. it’s about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

Shaw said it best: in our quest for identity, we don’t find ourselves. We create ourselves. There’s not some self-actualized version of ourselves already out there, but we can create one.

We can do this by viewing each lesson, struggle, relationship, and epiphany as though it were another block to the castle we spend our lives building.

Take, for example, Spanx creator Sara Blakely. She was earning a living selling fax machines when one day she stopped and said, “Wait a minute – this isn’t my movie. This isn’t the way I want my life to be.” Years later, after a brilliant idea, a patent, and learning how to improve upon the way hosiery was manufactured, she became the owner of a company now worth $1 billion.

Blakely did a hard stop when she realized her life wasn’t the one she wanted – and she built the one she did want.

We can do the same. We can take a proactive role in our own life construction project by getting super clear on the life we want to live, instead of the life that others want us to live, orsearching for one that’s been recommended to us by society.

What’s one way to do this? Start by creating your Personal Vision statement.

In my next post, I’ll show you how.

Until then, remember: don’t find the castle, build the castle.

*Above photo is of me in Jodhpur, India in 2019, and yes, technically, it’s a photo of me “finding” a castle. However, traveling to India had been on my vision board for years and was definitely a life goal, so I can safely say I was also “building” my castle. 🙂

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WORKSHEET: Get Clear on Your Strengths

I’m not sure which Greek philosopher said it, but “know thyself” is an adage that’s been around for centuries.

I’m sure you’ve heard those two words, or some variation of them, several times before, right?

And the truth is, knowing yourself is foundational to the way you interact with the world around you.

Seriously! When you’ve got a clear picture of who you are, you’ll make better choices, have stronger relationships, and avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. You’ll know which pathways to avoid, and which opportunities to say “yes!” to.

However, as human beings, we’re constantly changing, so getting to know ourselves is a lifelong pursuit. But we have to start somewhere, so here’s what I recommend:

Start with your strengths.

Often, the first thing I do when I meet with clients is to perform a Personal Strength Assessment. By doing this, I get a pretty good idea of someone’s strengths and abilities, and we can then work toward leveraging these strengths in their career.

Today, to help you do this for yourself, I created a free, downloadable worksheet!

It’s specifically designed for people who want to get a better grasp on their professional identity so that they can understand their specific areas of expertise.

To get the most out of this worksheet, I recommend first writing your answers to the 8 questions by yourself, and then – if you’d like – asking for a trusted friend’s input. That way, you have a better chance of making your own valuable self-discoveries before adding another voice to the mix.

You can download the worksheet here:

Once you click the button, it’ll pop up in a new tab in your browser window. You don’t have to enter your email or do anything else – just click and download or print it for yourself!

I hope you come away form this exercise with more insight about your strengths, and therefore who you are as a person and a professional.

And if you feel like sharing any of your insights, please comment below – I’d love to hear them!

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Don’t Wait to Get Picked. Pick Yourself.

Author and blogger Seth Godin talks a lot about getting “picked.”

In a 2015 interview with Bryan Elliot he said,

All of us are surrounded by people who cant wait to get picked. (But) If you want to make a record, make a record. Put it on Itunes. Pick yourself. If you want to write, write. Build a blog. Pick yourself.”

Seth Godin

Can you relate?

I know I’ve certainly had times in my life where I was waiting to “get picked.”

Back in my theater days, I was dying to “get picked” for the lead role. I entered various essay contests and hoped my contributions would “get picked” for publication.

But Seth’s point is a great reminder that, in this modern world of social media and instant connectivity, creating your own platform has never been easier.

If you want to write, you can set up a blog on Squarespace or WordPress in a few hours.

If you want to make music, you can upload your songs to Spotify or iTunes.

And if you’re not sure how to use these platforms, you can watch free tutorials on YouTube that will give you a step-by-step explanation.

Now, I know that time and technical know-how are not the only barriers to getting started. Often, self-doubt is the biggest hurdle to overcome.

Is this something you struggle with? If so, think about your favorite writer or influencer or musician or actor. Chances are, they too had to manage a lot of self-doubt before they began their journey. But aren’t you so glad they persevered so they could produce the books, songs, or Instagram feeds that you love and value? Of course!

There are plenty of situations in life where we can’t control the outcome. But if there’s something you want to create, or if you’ve got an idea to express, now is one of the most incredible times in history to share your voice!

So don’t wait to get picked. Pick yourself.

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