696. Let's Not Go That Way. Let's Go This Way.
“There’s always been a piece of me that’s paid attention to that inner voice telling me, ‘This isn’t where we’re supposed to be,’ or, ‘No, let’s not go that way, let’s go this way.’”
From years of experience as the founder of a financial firm, Court Creeden’s life was forever changed after seeing the truth of the lives people are really living. This led him to write his book, “Blue Goat.” Now he uses his coaching skills, background in finance, and love of personal connections to help people design a life they actually want to be living. He has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, MSN Money, Dow Jones, Time, and numerous parenting sites and other podcasts.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“While I was in college, I didn’t find or figure out the next step, so I relied on my friends. A lot of guys from Penn were going to New York into investment banking. I went through a round of interviews with Morgan Stanley, looking at becoming a bond trader. I don’t think I even knew what a bond was! But, instead of taking that job, my sister, an artist in New York City, and a group of artists and designers were starting a magazine but didn’t have anybody who knew finance. So, instead of Morgan Stanley, I went to the start-up magazine in Soho with a bunch of actors, models, and artists.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“The job offer at Morgan Stanley was on the 65th floor of World Trade Center, Tower 2. Had I taken that job, I would have been a few floors from where one of the planes hit. Who knows what that would have looked like or where I would have been that day? That was a powerful lesson early on about trusting my gut and not listening to everyone telling me what I needed to do.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“There’s always been a piece of me that’s paid attention to that inner voice telling me, ‘This isn’t where we’re supposed to be,’ or, ‘No, let’s not go that way, let’s go this way,’ or, ‘This doesn’t match up with what we say we want to do.” It’s always been a loud voice, and once you start to listen, the louder it gets. Listening to it for a long time has made it easy to pay attention to the voice in my head versus all those voices from the world around me.”
Steps to Success from Court Creeden
1. Do not let your life be dictated by things around you—society, media, parents, friends and family that are telling us who we need to be and what we need to have.
2. Spend time with yourself, asking the big questions, journaling and developing a conscious life.
3. Find your inner voice and learn to listen to it. With time, you will learn to trust it.
On His Bookshelf
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, by Dan Millman (https://amzn.to/2MmQPuK)
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, by Scott Callaway
Blue Goat: The Life Changing Power of Being Yourself, by Court Creeden
Connecting With Court Creeden
Facebook: facebook.com/court.creeden and facebook.com/bluegoatlife
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Careers: Author, Business Owner, Financial Planner
Topics: Listening to Inner Voice, Mindfulness