Week 9 – Jason Westlake

Week 9 - Jason Westlake

Week 9 - Jason Westlake

My quest to find a quiet coffee shop to do my interviews continues.  This week I met with life coach, Jason Westlake.  I first met Jason at my Friday morning networking breakfast.  What attracted me to him for this project was his business model.  One of the things that he offers is his Men’s Adventure Group to the Amazon where he coaches a group of men for the summer, then takes them to the Amazon for 2 weeks.  I know a couple people who use the Watershed Arts Café as their office so I thought that I would try that out.  What I didn’t know is that it is also a local meeting place for local mothers with toddlers.

Who is Jason Westlake?

“I grew up near Phoenix Arizona.  I was going to be an engineer.  I grew up thinking that I needed to get a good job.  I needed to get a good education, so I did.  I got a full ride scholarship to Arizona State University for civil engineering.  I did it for 3 years and I was doing all right but I hated it.  I just didn’t think that I had any other options.  I was terrified to do anything else.  Being an engineer was my identity really.  But I knew that I wanted to do something that I loved to do.  I was also committed at a very young age to learning, to growing, to bettering myself.  To living truth in my life, no matter how hoard or difficult or what fears I might have to face.  I knew that I didn’t want to be doing something that I hated for the rest of my life.  The hardest thing I had to do was to leave engineering and to leave that security while I was in college.”

On to the questions…

Desiree Dupuis of Three Sixty Financial Group asks

Q:   Why did you start your business?

A:   I always wanted to make a difference.  I always wanted to help people and serve people.  I’ve also always been a natural coach.  People in high school and college would come to me with the stuff that they wouldn’t tell anyone else and I would be able to understand them and see through things.  I got my first coach when I was 23 years old and it was at that time that I knew I wanted to be a coach, I knew that I wanted to help people grow.  I wanted to be able to earn money doing something I loved, making a difference for people.”

Raj Thandhi of Fronte and Sentre Communications asks.

Q:   What is the one must read book for someone just starting their business?

A:   “9 Lives That Are Holding Your Business Back by Steve Chandler.  There are so many business books out there that talk about how to do this and how to do that.  That’s not really what holds most businesses back.  What holds most businesses back is the mindset of the owner.  What he believes he can and cannot do.  And there is very common mistakes and beliefs and ideas that business owners have that are completely false.  If they shifted them, it would radically transform them and their business.”

Sandra Parsons of  REMAX MABRE REALTY asks

Q:   What is one of the greatest obstacles you’ve come up against and how did you overcome it to move your business forward?

A:   “When I first started my business, I was terrified to even charge $200/month for my coaching.  I had sold other things but when it came to my coaching, it was very difficult.  In order to get clients, I had to learn how to grow my confidence in myself, being comfortable charging higher prices and figuring out my self value.  When I first started out, I really didn’t think that my clients were anywhere.  I was thinking ‘how do I get clients.’  I didn’t know what I needed to do and I didn’t know how to do it.  I didn’t think I could do it.  But I learned the answer wasn’t where to find clients as much as how much I needed to grow internally to get people to be attracted to me for me to get clients in my business.”

In Conclusion…

Now one thing that I knew about Jason before this meeting is that he is a man of few words.  Usually I like to get more content for my readers, but in this case, I’m OK with that because his story won’t end here.  After he coaches the 7 men in his Men’s Adventure Group for 6 months, he will be taking them on an adventure to the Amazon Rain Fores in Peru.  When they return, I will be doing a follow-up interview.

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About KevenMcTaggart
I own a small business called Anything on a Clock. I started Anything on a Clock in 2007 when my son was about a year old.

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