What is the best thing that I love about my work?I discovered that being in business for yourself is the best self-development tool When I was growing up I had absorbed the idea that private life and career were very separate. It was immensely liberating to discover that creating your career is creating your best self.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? To me the greatest happiness is to fulfill a greater vision for me and my life. I believe that there is something great and larger out there for us something greater than anything we could think or dream of on our own. The best part is, this reveals itself as you take action and step forward into the journey. I think that excitement of achieving something spectacular is perfect happiness.
What is my greatest fear? To miss my calling!
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Impatience! It has a but of a positive component to it as well since that same impatience often drives me onward.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? For me it is primarily entrepreneurial women who combine their personal vision with their business: A good example of that is Mama Gena, founder of the School of Womanly Arts. Her approach that women’s desire and pleasure is their inherent power. That is fantastic and so liberating especially in this time where women burst through so many barriers that
have kept us down and boxed in for so long. Another woman who is doing this and letting her star-power shine is Sara Blakely, the spandex billionaire. She took an idea that probably many women had but she took action, she took the ball and ran with it: showing its not the originality of the idea but the smart execution of the idea that ushers in jaw-dropping success!
What is my greatest extravagance? To live outside of the box. I never followed a prescribed path.
On what occasion would I lie? To save a suffering animal or human from harm! For sure! Thank God, the country is waking up to the suffering of factory animals and a newer generation is overwhelmingly embracing a Vegan lifestyle! It is a cause that means so much to me and I would lie if needed so as to serve and stay true to a larger truth.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Technical difficulties:) This goes hand in hand with my impatience.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I connect with others, clients, students and there is a spark of inspiration and positive change happening. Recently I helped a client of mine connect the dots of several incidents in her life to discern a pattern she had not seen before. Once discovered, she could now use it for the benefit of herself and serve her own clients with much greater clarity. Those moments are the best
sparks of happiness and joy.
If I could, what would I change about myself? To bring back years I could have utilized better to bring about my dreams. As In the previous answer, I wish I had had someone to help me make sense and gain greater clarity of events earlier on to free me to move forward rather than being stuck in a lull. To be able to reach out to the right mentors earlier on, instead of thinking I could or should do it on my own. Working with someone is not weakness but strength. It took me a long time to really know this.
What is my greatest achievement in work? When I was completing my Ph.D. I had to step in front of room full of students and teach a class for the first time. I had to overcome a lot of fears and step into the unknown. Realizing I can do that and do it well is an internal achievement that showed me I can do and excel in areas I previously thought I could not. It was a small step in retrospect but a giant leap in how I saw myself and what I could achieve..
Where would I most like to live? I’m a two or three location person. I like living in Hollywood/Beverly Hills but also envision myself maintaining a gorgeous home at the French Riviera and perhaps another one on one of the Spanish islands I love having at least two or more different perspectives and experiences of life.
What is my most treasured possession? My three rescue dogs! Two Galgos (Greyhounds) and one Pit-bull/American-Staffi. All three were rescued out of very dire situations. Now they are happy. And so am I!
What is my most marked characteristic? Persistence.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I do love shopping in Beverly Hills and people-watching On more casual days, hiking along some of the gorgeous mansion in Bel Air is amazing to life your spirts and soak in the rich luxurious atmosphere. It reminds me that we are never stuck and always able to take a different journey, tell a different story and live a a life of great freedom, graceful abundance and beauty.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Gracias Madre, a vegan celeb spot on Melrose Ave in West Hollywood.
What books influenced my life and how? Catherine Ponder’s work on Christian views of prosperity and well-being! God calls us to greater abundance. Her insights on that subject was a revelation for me when I first came across her work. I still prefer her writings to Napoleon Hill and any of the others writers in that genre.
Who are my favorite writers? Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell. I later found out they were friends from their time in Paris and travels to Egypt.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Hallelujah! By Leonard Cohen.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Jen Yu in the movie Crouching Tiger, Flying Dragon (Hong Kong, 2000). Those who take their lives into their own hands, boldly and courageously, rather than letting outside forces or a destiny outside your control dictate
your life. Those are the true heroines in life and in fiction.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? The brave and kind animal rescuers who save abused animals, private people who save Galgos and Podencos in Spain and people working in organizations such as Mercy for Animals! They embody the adage: “Be the Change”!
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Rashomon, by Akira Kirosawa, (Japan, 1950) It brilliantly unfolds before the viewer’s eyes a narrative where there is always another story and another reality you can create. Reality is not fixed but malleable.
What role plays art in my life and work? One of the most fascinating arts for me is architecture and design. I discovered that the art of living is a holographic art and that changing your environment, means changing your life. More about this in my blog-series
on Uncommon Wisdom. I invite you to head over to silviakratzer.com to
check it out.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? A good friend of mine named Rich.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I had many wonderful mentors and coaches in my life whose wisdom has shaped my approach to life, At this point, i most want to work with my ideal clients so I can give to those who can benefit from my work as a business coach. The women entrepreneurs who want to tell their story in a way that
inspires and empowers them in new ways in life and business. Too often, we can’t see the true gems in our own life story. Helping women tap into their own blockbuster potential is something I’m very excited about. We have seen how 2017 has been an electrifying year of the ME-TOO movement that grew stronger every day. In 2018 now it’s time for women to tell their unique personal life story their way. That is a powerful form of SELF-CREATION and even self-birth. And society is ready to listen: Who we are, What our story is and how our story impacts society and the way women conduct business. To work with a woman in letting her story emerge and come forth is super exciting. And that is very, very exciting. I am so inspired to be working with women in 2018 who will soar when working with me in these arenas.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018? YouTuber team Jon Olsson and Janni Deler! They let their story unfold before our eyes every day. To have the audacity to be that visible to the world is a great role model for women entrepreneurs. They show us that you don’t have to expose yourself, but you can let your radiance shine
instead of hiding. Jon and Janni invented themselves and their life each in their own way that vibrates with fun, joy, adventure, romance and living an upscale dream-life all the while maintaining an authentic and ethical life style. They crafted their own unique lifestyle into a dazzling and brilliant brand.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am creating group programs as well as VIP Days and Retreats for my clients to help them step into their business success. I see that we need less business templates and charts and more life-changing new experiences that help us see and experience ourselves in different and
dupleveped ways. If we stay in the same experience we tend to spin our wheels. The moment we step into new experiences that we may not have undertaken on our own, we set ourselves free to create what we want.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Come join me on my blog at silviakratzer.com to start on a journey of discovering what old stories may hold you back and how to experience life and your business differently to reveal how your life and your career can both be the truest expression of yourself. Some call this your divine destiny and some extend this to me is what “Passion Never Retires” is all about!
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Our identity never retires. The expression: ‘Starting your own business is the best self-development tool’ rings so true. We are most happy when we are always in the process of creating ourselves with passion and joy. Our business and entrepreneurial spirit is part of that great mission. We create our own identity daily and the energy we emit to the world becomes apparent in everything we do. You set out to create this higher vision every day of your life.
Which passionate professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
Grace Kelly of CityGirlConfidence and Jill Hendrickson, a writing and life
coach, two brilliant women I have been privileged to know and work with.