We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Walsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Steve, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting my own business has been a dream for many years. I’ve had a lot of different ideas that have come to me over the years. Coaching kept coming up as a possibility. I created the structure of my business in later part of 2019. I had wanted to start the business activity in 2020, but the pandemic hit, so I put it on hold or slowed the launch down. As we started to come out of the pandemic, I looked at the economic cycles and knew that I wanted to ride the wave out of the economic set back the pandemic created. I’ve been fulltime in my business since June 2021. The wave I’m looking for hasn’t hit yet, but I have a great running start for when it does.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

I started out as an application developer (computer programmer). If you can imagine a very technical person with very little social skills… that was me. I joined a software company to provide consulting services to their customers and partners. I worked very hard to move up in the ranks, but I could not cross the managerial threshold. Once I learned the Success Principles, I started to put them into practice. I went after what I wanted. I figured it out and became a department manager, which I quickly became a delivery director for a technical consulting company. I’ve managed several teams, one of them being an international team. This is why I work with IT professionals and consultants. I’ve been in tech jobs since high school, and I have been in consulting for more than 25 years. I have been in my client’s shoes and offer insight from real experiences. 

I have 4 lines of business; first I do corporate level training where I help organizations train their consultants to become great consultants with soft skills training. The next three are focused on the individual. I help consultants become better so that can get the recognition and promotions they have been looking for. I also help IT professional figure out what they love and find jobs that align with their purpose so they can have impact and fulfillment. Last, I will help consultants that are ready to leave the corporate side and become an independent or freelancer.  I have a unique process to help IT folks understand their life purpose and how they can apply it to their work.  This allows them to show-up as an IT professional in a whole new level.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

We moved to the Fort Collins area during the pandemic years, so we haven’t quite figured out the local gems. But, if I had someone visiting one of the days we would go up to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. You can’t come to Colorado and not go up into the mountains. I certainly would take them to TopGolf for an afternoon and if it’s summer, we will be hitting a real golf course.

In Colorado, we have a lot of reservoirs (man-made lakes). A great one near Fort Collins is Horsetooth where there is boating, fishing, and hiking trails. Denver and Boulder are not too far either, which offers plenty of options for visitors.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

The Boy Scouts is where it all started. I’m an Eagle Scout. When my boys became eligible for scouting, I volunteered to lead their groups. By teaching the Boy Scout principles, I realized how powerful the scouting principles really are by teaching the principles to the boys and the other leaders.

The next big inspiration was Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich.” The principles in the book have been proven to be time tested. What really propelled my inspiration was my first coach, Jodee Bock from Fargo, North Dakota. She had a mastermind group that studies Napoleon’s book. From that mastermind group, I had an interest in coaching. When I had my first opportunity to learn about coaching, I took it and became a certified Dream Coach (R). I kept leaning into coaching and worked with Jack Canfield online to become one of his Success Principle’s trainers. I primarily use Jack’s Principles with my clients and have integrated the Success Principles into my corporate training as well.

I formed my own mastermind group where I was able to teach a variety of concepts and principles. My mastermind group, which has been meeting for over 4 years, encouraged me to make coaching a profession. So, there’s a big shoutout to my Saturday morning mastermind members too.

Website: www.2bexceptional.com

Instagram: @scouter.steve

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/walshsteve/

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