The Problem with the "Lottery Question" and What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

You know the question, “If you won the lottery, what would you do?” Yeah, that one. For many people, this is a fun question to answer. But not for everyone. The primary problem with the question was that for a number of years when I was so beaten down and depressed, I simply couldn’t answer it. I couldn’t imagine or dream of what might be possible. Nothing sounded interesting. Every suggestion I received, every job description I looked at or any education program I researched sounded like it would require a lot of energy—energy I did not have. I was embarrassed that I didn’t have a big dream or mission that I was trying to achieve and that I couldn’t articulate what I wanted beyond a vague a

Freedom.

One of my core values is freedom. My intention as a coach is to help people find freedom – freedom from the beliefs that limit them and freedom to pursue the lives and careers of their deepest desires. Little did I know how symbolic this little word freedom would become in 2020. It’s never been my intention to speak about current events or politics; if anything, I’d prefer to shut out all the worldly clamors. Which is part of the problem. My silence contributes to injustice, rather than neutralizing it. I’ve been hiding in my bubble, and because I am white and privileged, I could ignore what many people of color have been pointing out for hundreds of years: they are treated as less than beca

The Truth I Didn't Want to See

One of the beliefs I hold true is to “know thyself.” Most often I’ve thought of the concept in terms of exploring career paths, knowing what you’re good at, what you like, what skills you have and what you need to learn. All that stuff. I’ve also applied it to examining what you believe to see how those beliefs are limiting your own potential. I hadn’t considered how important this tenet of coaching is to social justice, but in the last couple of weeks, the need to make the unconscious conscious has become critical for myself and for this country. I am racist. Prejudiced. Biased. Privileged. It’s not my fault. It IS my responsibility to re-educate myself, confront those biases and dismantle

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…

“But if you try sometime, you find you get what you need.” So goes the line from the Rolling Stones song. Like many, I have felt overwhelmed, helpless and hopeless in the last week, struggling to understand the disturbing and devastating events from last week, Amy Cooper’s reprehensible behavior, George Floyd’s murder, and the ensuing protests and riots. The only hope I can muster at this time is that we, me, America, might just be getting what we need: a wake-up call. Again. Let me just say this one thing, and then I’ll move on. There is no “right” way to do revolution, or, evolution. Just like birth is messy and painful, re-birth is going to hurt. Change doesn’t happen when we’re complacen

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