International Best Selling Author, Speaker & Coach
Melissa Dawn | The Success Story
An Inspiring Canadian Success Story
Melissa Dawn knew, firsthand, the twists and turns of finding the right career and starting a business. Throughout her professional life, she had successfully transitioned through a number of careers and industries, working all the way up to VP of Marketing.
Over the course of that journey, she had the opportunity to work in such roles as Management, Leadership Development, HR, Business Development and Operations, and in a wide range of industries like cosmetics, travel and technology. She enjoyed each of those roles fully… for a time. She learned a lot in those capacities and gave a lot, too. But, as time passed in each role, she began to see that success doesn’t always come in the form of a prestigious title or big pay cheque, especially if the soul is craving something else entirely.
She knew something had to change.
Then life really happened, really fast.
In just one year, she was divorced, a single mother and in a work situation that required a job change ASAP. If ever there was a time to get real with herself, that was it. Let’s face it, not every decision we make in life is going to work out in the way we imagine it.
Although, intellectually, she knew there was nowhere to go but up, in her heart she felt she had hit rock bottom and had become paralyzed by fear and self-doubt.
And yet, she did get up.
She knew she couldn’t continue down that path of settling for less than what she truly wanted. It was not working for her and it wasn’t what she wanted to keep doing. Nor was it the example she wanted to set for her son. She wanted to encourage him to follow his passions and not perpetuate a cycle of playing it safe and sidelining dreams. It was not enough to just want that life for her son. She had to show him it was possible by living it herself.
It was time to take a stand.
She looked at what she could do to help herself and started with examining what she did for a living.
At first, she worked for a small start-up where she had no idea where the next paycheck would come from, or even if it would come at all. It was a big risk, especially as a single parent. But that experience allowed her to learn all aspects of running a business, which was instrumental in bringing her to where she is today… running her own successful business as a coach, best-selling author and motivational speaker, which she feels in her heart is her TRUE passion! She now uses her experience and knowledge to guide others to reconnect with their inner truth and create joyful lives that fit their own inner definition of success.
How do you feel you inspire others?
By helping them connect with their hearts, stop living to please others and create what they truly want for themselves, both personally and professionally.
I have always felt that, in school, no one gives you life tools. They teach you how to write, learn history, do math, but not basic life skills such as tuning into your intuition, asking yourself what you really want, overcoming fears, removing inner voices that prevent you from moving forward, and creating a roadmap to get there. You can learn math if you need it, but these are the skills that will help you succeed in anything and I wanted to guide people to learn them.
I would like people to be living lives that are fully aligned with who they are, what they value and what makes them feel truly joyful. It would be a heart-centered world, rather than fear-centered.
You have an inner leader inside of you. Tune into it, empower it, and bring it forward in all that you do. Become the CEO of your life. Create the life you truly love, not the one others want for you.
Charities I support:
Kiva, UNHCR, Montreal Children’s Hospital. A percentage of all my coaching programs, motivational speeches and academy go to these charities.
What is your superpower?