Latest Interview with Stephan Wiedner at Noomii.com
Stephan: Hi my name is Stephan Weidner-I’m one of the co-founders of Noomii.com. Today I’m interviewing Paul Strobl originally from Houston, Texas. Welcome and thanks for joining me.
Paul: Thank you very much Stefan.
Stephan: So tell me, Paul, who are your ideal coaching clients?
Paul: My ideal coaching client is an entrepreneurial-minded Renaissance man or woman–somebody who has a ton of different interests and they have an entrepreneurial bent, and they’ve experimented or have been highly successful and the ventures they’ve been involved in haven’t quite done it for them, and they’re not quite sure why–even if they’ve had tremendous financial success, or even sold off a company, they’re not completely sure what’s next for them, or it didn’t do what they thought it would do for them.
Stephan: I’m curious what do you do to help them? What’s your system or process or approach?
Paul: My approach has been refined over a very long period of time, partly of my own personal trial and error of years of my life that I’ve spent kind of struggling with that idea that I’m supposed to do this “one thing” the rest of my life that people tell you’re supposed to do, but my interests have always been very diverse, and in addition to even going through some of the chaotic childhood that I was in…so I really connect with those black sheep-type clients. My process is basically taking away all of those things that I did wrong and finding all those things that I did right, along with hundreds of books and materials that have worked for a lot of my clients over the past 10+ years. I wish I could say that there was a perfect 1-2-3 process; it’s actually more like a 1-7-3-8 process depending on who the person is, but we get there a quick. Nobody works with me for more than 12 sessions to achieve the peace and clarity part of what they want next.
Stephan: Peace and clarity… well, I would love that, perhaps as much as most of your clients do. Are there any other side benefits, shall we say, of working with you?
Paul: Side benefits would be “learning to put down the stick.” What I mean by that is, the clients I work with have this up and down in productivity, and when they’re up, everything is good and amazing and can even be overwhelmingly good when things are really firing. But when they’re down, they beat themselves up and they put themselves in a funk. Learning what to do in order to shorten that down-swing, that down cycle, and getting back on the up-swing where you feel good and motivated and your creativity is flowing… that’s a huge side effect. And you know of course, that kind of thing has a huge ripple effect into your relationships, your marriage, other parts of your work; obviously, if you’re feeling really positive, it affects the people around you. A huge benefit.
Stephan: Tell me a little bit about your own background and why you gel so well with these types of clients that you’ve been describing.
Paul: Well, for me it was really that when I grew up, my father was a big executive at an oil and gas firm, so he had “the formula” that was passed down to me – this may be a generational thing, right? You do X, Y and Z, you get with a big company,you work with them for 30 years and you’re done–you can retire. And I never fit in that formula. I was great at math early on, so I started following the formula, and I got into all of the top engineering schools out of high school. I was just going to follow that same formula that everybody says you’re supposed to do….and I failed out in my first year! It was obvious that I wasn’t an engineer, even though I was really good at math and science. I was good at a lot of things–I had a lot of interests, so I understand the struggles of trying to force a square peg into a round hole that doesn’t even really exist anymore. People don’t really work for the same company anymore for 30 years, so having been through the struggle of changing my major several times even moving around to different countries to understand different cultures and see how I feel in them, I’ve really done a lot of trial and error and realized a couple things. One, is that maybe there is no “one thing” for me and for some of us who love learning, and a lot of the tools and resources I’ve researched that have worked, if there isn’t that “one thing,” how do you create a life in a career with all these different interests? So I’ve created this for myself; I not only a coach – that’s my principal business – but also work with a company that does a private equity-type play, so I get to be two different things. I do most of my work in Houston, but I am also able to work remotely right now I’m in Argentina (update: Bulgaria in 2017) and it’s finding that thing that works for you, that is the sweet spot, where you get to learn. My clients are natural learners – if you find that equilibrium, you get to learn about different stuff, you get to explore different things, try different hobbies but at the same time you still have fulfillment in your work.
Stephan: Paul thank you for your time today it’s been a true pleasure
Paul: Thank you Stefan