This story is part of our 1,000+ Stories campaign. What’s your story?
Name: Elizabeth Rentz
Business: BreakThrough Your Way, Inc.
Location: Richardson, Texas, U.S.
Industry: Personal Services
Reason for starting? Three years ago, I spent a month in bed because my arm and shoulder were so painful I couldn’t stir a pot of water and, more importantly, couldn’t open a bottle of wine. I was founder and CEO for my bank recruiting firm of 10 years, but the stress was overwhelming. The company had made my husband and myself financially secure, and the thought of giving up that security was very frightening. But my soul was telling me to “fly,” and I was stuck inside a body and mind that was full of limiting beliefs: I have to work hard to make money, I have to keep my husband happy, I have to be as perfect as I can. Pain is a good motivator for releasing limiting beliefs. I made the decision to reinvent myself into the person I had always wanted to be but was afraid to be because someone would not like me. The decision was eye opening. Very frightening and at the same time exciting and wonderful. I could feel my soul begin to “fly.” I shut down my company, and decided to start over at age 68.
Related: Read about another personal coach here.
How do you define success? For me, success is twofold: 1. Discovering the “why” in “I am.” Success, I believe comes from inward silence not hard work. You cannot and will not be able to know yourself until you take the time to be still. The gift of being still/silence is knowing you. The gift of knowing yourself is inner peace, joy, confidence and lack of fear. 2. Financial success comes from aligning your goals and passion with your values. Personal values are at the very core of your being and they drive everything you do. If your goals and values compete with each other, you’ve just booby trapped yourself into failure.
Biggest success: For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write a book. Now I have! My book, REINVENT- Rediscover your Passion; Refuel your Purpose, Reset your Life will be released this September. Barry Spilchuk the co-author of A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul said of my book, “I have always said that – to the level you are vulnerable is to the level you will heal. If you are ready to live the life you have always imagined this book is your stepping stone towards your dream. Elizabeth Rentz shares her truth – her vulnerable truth – to allow you to give yourself permission to step beyond your limitations and embrace the freedom that is finally yours to enjoy. I cordially invite you to embrace these strategies so you can make the rest of your life – the BEST of your life.”
What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? Knowing what to do first – strategy! Running my recruiting business was easy compared to this. All I had to do was find people. With my new company, there is networking, podcasts, organization conventions, speaking engagements, articles to write, who I can help with my processes and insight and dozens of other directions to go! How to choose? What helps? Mentors! I am blessed with many that answer my questions and have been down this road and are willing to share their knowledge. Meditation – it keeps me sane and gives me peace so I can find my answers. I journal daily and have a Reinvent List of who I want to be and what I want to accomplish. It’s all very exciting.
Related: Sydney Mayor Clover Moore on Heat, Trees and Women in Charge
Who is your most important role model? Albert Einstein. This may sound funny, but he is the father of curiosity. Curiosity, I think, is one of the keys to living life to its fullest potential. He also said that there is no failure, only opportunity. If you respond to failure as if it is an opportunity you will be able to move forward to accomplish your goal. If on the other hand, you accept that you are a failure you will get stuck in a vicious circle and likely give up on your dreams.
Tell us your story!
Read about another entrepreneur here.
Edited by The Story Exchange