Erika Gerdes

Personal Development Speaker & Coach | Ex-Googler

I'm a speaker, teacher and coach passionate about personal development and helping people create the lives of their dreams rather than staying stuck on paths or in lives that don't feel right. Like so many other smart successful people I know, I've lived most of my life as a high-achieving, perfection-seeking, insecure people-pleaser who followed the path that was in front of me and was expected of me rather than figuring out what I really wanted. That path included  lot of success and achievement but not a lot of fulfillment.  No matter what I did or how much I achieved, I still felt empty - like something was missing. It wasn't until I got honest with myself and did the work to change my perspective on world and how I was living my life that my whole world changed. I now build my life around fulfillment and doing the things that make my heart sing, no matter how hard or scary they may be. As Joseph Campbell said, "If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path." I've done the work and jumped off the metaphorical cliff in order to get on my path and now my goal in life is to help others take the leap too.
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Saying Goodbye to Google: Graduating to the Next Chapter

by Erika Gerdes

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