A Few Life Chapters From Coach Bake
2012 was the best year of my career. I was working as a Regional Sales Manager for a large education technology firm. I enjoyed the company, appreciated the people, and most importantly, I loved my education customers. I helped them solve problems and improve the teaching and learning process, all the while keeping faculty satisfied. (No easy feat)
That year I closed several multi-year multi-million dollar deals, along with numerous sales to customers of all sizes. I earned entry into the company's Circle of Excellence Club for outstanding sales leadership, and my wife and I were treated to an all inclusive week in the Grand Caymans. Life was truly good.
But three weeks after that trip to the Caymans, in March of 2013, I was on an operating table having five heart bypasses and an aneurysm removed from my aorta. Plus, there was a total knee replacement five months before that and thyroid cancer a year later. A tough two and a half years, to say the least. I'm happy to be here. Seriously.
And of course, when things are hard some people like to make them harder. I wasn't fully recovered from all the health issues when my wife and I decided to relocate to Myrtle Beach, SC. Seven years later I'm still working on the transition. What came from all this? My own discovery of my Godly design and how I am to serve others. What a journey!
I've learned, and do believe, we are each uniquely designed by God. He knew us before we were born and had a plan for each. My design, and yours as well, can be recognized in the CliftonStrengths assessment of talents. I am truly a Maximizer, Strategic, Learner, Arranger and Empathy. I own it. Your assessment results are completely different and uniquely you. Your genuine identity. Start there and the rest will follow.
I am a Warrior with a strong desire to be a Saint. In a sense, my heart surgery defines me to the positive. My recovery from so many health issues causes me to encourage others to discover their genuine identity and be the person God designed them to be; to know their strengths, serve with purpose, and elevate others.
My ministry is to continue the good work I've been doing with what I call the 10K Impact Project. My goal is to help 10,000 people discover their Godly design and live richer lives. The abundance is promised. I better get busy.