Stepping out of my comfort zone: Ironman, Thrive, Confusion


With radical transparency in mind, this is a blog series providing ongoing insights into my transition from being stuck in the corporate world to the challenging freedom of entrepreneurship.

In August of 2014 I finished my first Ironman. Those of you who saw me talk at a Path to Profit Summit know how much of a confidence-building journey that was. The process of training and completing the race truly altered my perspective on making positive changes in my life and removing some of the mental barriers I had constructed.

hiroadloroadAt the same time Minette attended a meeting for Thrive Academy. In the previous year we made a significant investment in having her work in Kendall Summerhawk’s program to improve her coaching skills. When I got a call from her saying she wanted to switch to the Thrive program, I was lost. My alarm bells go off when Minette wants to change what she’s doing:  we’ve had lots of jumping to the next shiny thing when the lustre has worn off the last one. She had had good success with Kendall’s program and wasn’t even done with that: why switch? She said she wanted to “do what Thrive was doing” but I didn’t really understand what they were doing. She tried to explain but I really didn’t get the whole group coaching thing. We talked it through and I had to trust that her plan was the right direction.

So, we plopped down another investment and Minette began regular trips up to the Bay Area for Thrive sessions. Those would prove tiring for both of us, her doing a long drive and lots of emotional work and me taking care of cooking, kids and carpool while continuing with my job. As it turns out this was really the basis for Minette creating a business concept that both of us could work in 🙂

Brad Dobson

Brad Dobson is a co-founder of the Path to Profit Academy, and husband of Minette Riordan. He handles all the techy stuff and shares parenting duties. He is a 2-time marathon and 2-time Ironman finisher and for some reason enjoys endurance athletics. After 25 years in the software industry he quit his job to become an entrepreneur alongside Minette.



About Brad Dobson

Brad Dobson is a co-founder of the Path to Profit Academy, and husband of Minette Riordan. He handles all the techy stuff and shares parenting duties. He is a 2-time marathon and 2-time Ironman finisher and for some reason enjoys endurance athletics. After 25 years in the software industry he quit his job to become an entrepreneur alongside Minette.

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