Steve Elrich will never forget the path he walked to discover his purpose in life.
It was no easy road.
He jumped in and out of college in three different cities; toyed around with majors from music to engineering; and took eight long years to earn an associate’s degree.
He landed a job in forestry management – work he enjoyed that came naturally to him.
At first it was a peaceful life, with much satisfaction and little stress. But soon the truth became clear: Steve was jogging in place with nowhere to go.
Money was tight; his school loans were due; and with his salary, Steve could never support a family. So he made his way home and got a fresh start as a water technologist at his parents’ firm.
The job was a steppingstone to the future. So Steve worked long and hard – 10- and 12-hour days – rising quickly through the ranks in service, sales and management.
He soon became stable financially. But the workload was heavy, the pace was fast, and the pressure was high. Steve felt stressed – frustrated and unfulfilled – always in demand and every day on call.
“I was feeling the burden of my career and my work,” he says. “I was overwhelmed and breaking down.”
His life took a toll on himself, his wife and his children. So he reached out to a high school friend – a military veteran with PTSD who’d learned in a group how to process and manage his emotions.
This guy was happy. And he was living life on purpose.
To Steve, that day was the first day of the rest of his life.
He soon found a group of his own. Attended their meetings. Made some new friends. Went on a retreat. And discovered the power of coaching.
“I began thinking about things from a new perspective,” he says. “Once my eyes were opened, I realized how different of a life you can live.”
Today, Steve is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) at Real Change Business Coaching, LLC in Dayton, Ohio. He works with executives to help them learn who they are, what they want and where they want to go.
“I help leaders manage emotions and stress in a more productive way to move their careers and their lives forward,” he says.
Steve is now doing what he loves. And he’s making a difference.
“So many people just keep grinding it out,” he says. “They don’t know what to do. I want to help people through that journey.”
- Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)
- Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)