Archives for the month of: January, 2013

This is the last blast before Personal Growth Gab returns next week, which means there’s just a few more days left to take advantage of my New Year’s Kick-off Coaching Special Offers!

Looking for a little proof in the pudding? Click here to read a letter from a past client who finally got her dream job.

This week I’m also excited to announce that I just had an article published in The Daily Muse! Below is an excerpt and a link to the entire piece.  Please use the icons at the end of the article on their  site or below this post to share with your networks 🙂

6 Things You Can Get from a Not-Quite Dream Job (Besides a Paycheck)

Whether you’re a recent grad, career changer, or in transition due to downsizing, at some point in your life, you’ll probably have to take a job that’s, well, less than ideal. Instead of spending your hours daydreaming about your future corner office, though, it’s essential to make every working moment count. Even seemingly insignificant jobs can be worth much more than the income they generate along the way. So, if you’re contemplating temping, working in retail, helping out at your dad’s firm, or taking the first paying position you were offered “just to pay the bills,” make sure that your gig does at least one of the following:

1. Helps You Develop a Skill for the Future

Think about what skills you might need to have for your dream job down the line, and look for jobs that let you build that experience. For example, when I decided that I wanted to start a nonprofit and realized that fundraising would be part of my daily routine, I knew I needed to beef up my assertiveness. So, I took a telemarketing job, where I spent my days cold calling doctors, persuading them to participate in focus groups.

I’m introverted by nature, so the experience (along with other seemingly insignificant part-time jobs I held, both before and after this one) helped me conquer my fear of the phone, learn to confidently interact with all sorts of people (including total strangers), and altogether come out of my shell. And in the end, these were vital skills for my future in nonprofits, sales, and public speaking. It certainly wasn’t my dream job, but I specifically chose it with the big picture in mind-and it ended up paying dividends far beyond the paycheck.

Click here for the full article

P.S. For those of you looking for your weekly dose of PGG, be sure to visit the home page of my website where you can find all of my past posts. Here’s one from December 2011: Peas on Earth. 

Personal Growth Gab will be back soon, but in the meantime I wanted to remind you that I’m here to help you re-boot for 2013 and beyond!  As per my eblast, please scroll down for my New Year Kick-off Coaching Special offers  –  just one week left!

If you missed last week’s blast, click here to read a letter from a past client who finally got her dream job.

This week I thought I’d send a link to an article called 5 Ways to Reboot & Recharge that I was featured in, with my particular section/shout-out copied here:

Check In On Work Goals
Career and life coach Kristina Leonardi reminds us that what we do for a living consumes the majority of our time and energy; make sure this year you are profiting from work you love. Kristina recommends re-assessing your current job situation: Do you contribute your natural talents and abilities in a meaningful way, or does it at least provide the means which allow you to pursue your passions after hours? If the answer is no, it’s time to make a change. Use these questions as a starting point to determine the priorities for your paychecks in the year ahead.
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Let me help you answer these questions and more by taking advantage of my special offer below.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Happy New Year!   Personal Growth Gab will be back at the end of the month, but in the meantime I wanted to remind you that I’m here to help you re-boot for 2013 and beyond!  As per last week’s eblast, please scroll down for my New Year Kick-off Coaching Special offers.

I thought I would also let you read a letter I received from a client named Sascha who attended several Thursdays at Three sessions in 2010. This past October she sent this email out of the blue and gave me permission to share it.

I wanted to do so not just to toot my own horn, but to show that when you determine and commit to what your ideal job is and go after it consciously with persistence, creativity, and my ‘wacky’ homework – and allow time to work its magic – you will get to where you want to be.

It’s a great example of how I tell people they need to know who they are and then seek work that engages all of their talents, passions and abilities, be patient and consistent, and eventually things will happen – remember, like I always say, the acorn does not become an oak tree overnight!


Sent: Oct 23, 2012 1:44 PM
To: Kristina Leonardi
Subject: Re: Reminder: THIS WEEK 10/25 Thursdays at Three Group Coaching  

Hi Kristina,

I don’t know if you remember me – I was coming to your sessions a couple of years ago (which I really loved!) I was always interested in getting into something in the environmental field with my law degree. I think I told you that last year I joined a firm doing aircraft finance (not exactly the area I wanted to be in, but it was a paid full time job!). It’s been going well here – I really like the people I work with and the practice area is interesting, but again, it was never my passion. Last week a guy I had met through all my networking efforts in the environmental space (during the “dark years” of unemployment) emailed me and said that someone at his firm was leaving and he thought I’d be a good fit for the position. He is working in the firm’s renewable energy/project finance group. So I interviewed and they made me the offer! So I will now be a renewable energy lawyer – 3 long years after my quest to get into that field!

You were one of the first people I thought of when the opportunity came up. Your meetings were so helpful, supportive and inspiring. I never thought I would actually get into this field, but I guess the universe is definitely telling me something now! Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement during those “dark years”. I attribute a lot to you!

I really hope all is well with you.

After my reply congratulating her and my request to share this, this is what she said:

Thanks so much, Kristina! You really were such a big part of me getting to where I am, and honestly you were one of the first people I thought of when even the hint of this opportunity came up because of all of your wonderful help in getting me to this point. Feel free to use my “story”/email as a testimonial….Thanks again for all your help and encouragement and for believing in me!


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