How to Find a Fulfilling Career & Pursue Your Purpose with ADHD Coach Taryn Dickey
I’m joined by another amazing guest for this post! Taryn Dickey and I met through BeachBody. She’s an amazing ADHD coach and had an amazing conversation with me regarding her pivot to her current career and where she is in her business.
Taryn and I have worked together and she’s been a part of my group program. She has an amazing story and I’m so excited for you to hear it!
Taryn was a school counselor and was super happy doing it. She thought it was her entire future! But after being laid off shortly after having her first child, she took it as a chance to slow down and enjoy her new baby.
But when she started applying for a new job, she wasn’t being called back for interviews and was having trouble getting hired. She saw someone on Facebook who was doing BeachBody, so she thought it was worth trying to do from home.
She was able to do that and not go back into the education field while making a good income and helping people. That was about eight years ago.
What Prompted Taryn’s Pivot?
While working with BeachBody, Taryn frequently felt like she couldn’t work on her “plan B” because that meant she wasn’t focused on her “plan A”. But for about six years, she felt the pull to do something more, although she didn’t necessarily trust herself to jump in and do it. So she’d dabble in this “something more,” but didn’t jump in headfirst.
But with COVID, Taryn felt like, if not now, when?! Because Taryn was looking to tap into another income stream AND really zero into her own creative abilities, she decided it was time to make a change.
For Taryn, she has worked hard not to attach her worthiness to her income as someone with ADHD. While of course she’s working to make a living, she trusts that she is being of service to people who need her with her business.
Taryn’s Latest Pivot
Taryn’s latest pivot has been her niching down to focusing on being an ADHD coach. She began recognizing that the people coming to her in her business were very similar. A lot of them were super similar to her and how her brain works.
Many of her clients began saying that they thought they had ADHD or that they just got diagnosed with it. By the time she came to her VIP day with me, she was ready to make her full pivot. Many “aha!” moments led her there!
The simplest things can really make the biggest difference. She just took a step back and analyzed the common denominator in her clients and that is where the key to her pivot was found.
Implementing Her Pivot
The idea of pivoting can seem super overwhelming. But Taryn has some practical advice to make it simpler. She noted that she doesn’t mind failing, and when you’re pivoting – just know you’re going to fail. But don’t let that stop you! Have fun with it and allow yourself to do something new and see what happens.
Understanding that things are going to change and that you have to adapt and adjust to curveballs will make your pivots and life in business that much easier.
Taryn shared some further insight into her business. She noted that almost as soon as she started talking about ADHD coaching, she had clients. But, prior to going official with that business, she’d already built up an audience. Because of that, she wasn’t surprised that clients came forward when she began coaching in this way.
Another thing Taryn and I discussed is how her business has grown since her pivot. She’s had a lot of recent success on Instagram Reels with a few of them going viral. In this context, she’s completely herself and she really speaks to herself in there -what are the things she wishes she would hear or what would have been helpful to her? She’s addressing an unserved part of the industry. This has helped her gain about 2k more followers.
She also put out a quiz about ADHD, which has helped her grow her email list by about 300 more people. She’s definitely gaining traction and attracting an audience that wants to work with her in her new capacity!
Another thing that Taryn and I touched on is what surprised her about her pivot. She said that she knew that there were ADHD entrepreneurs out there, but she was surprised at how many people relate to her and the mission of her business.
People feel so seen from her business, which is really inspiring. She’s bringing awareness to this niche and is creating a program specifically around how people with ADHD can find success in what they’re doing.
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Taryn’s VIP Day Experience
Taryn did one of my VIP days and she shared a bit of her experience in this conversation. She was really excited about the opportunity, and the timing was perfect for her. It was important to her to be in an environment where she felt like she could say anything and not be judged, which is what this VIP day provided her.
She left with a fire inside of her. In just one day, we did so much! It allowed her to leave confident and excited and she shared that she felt completely unstoppable. There was a lot that we did that was action-based and she denotes it as the catalyst that brought her to where she is right now.
While she had been considering the mastermind, we decided it wasn’t right for her and the VIP day was. This was because she simply wasn’t ready to elevate with that group at that time. Instead, she needed me in a one-on-one setting.
A Clear Picture on Where She’s At: The Bottom Line
Taryn is deeply in love with her business and clients and feels so grateful for the connections she has with them. She knows she can attribute this to being really clear on what she is doing and who she’s trying to serve. Having that true understanding has made all the difference in her business.
Thanks so much for reading!
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