Shari Yantes grew up following the rules, the expectations of others & society norms, doing everything “right”. Although she had it all in the eyes of everyone else,  she still didn't feel like she was where she was supposed to be.

After a series of major life events all happening within a few months, Shari found the confidence & courage to say “Screw It” and took control of her life to live the life she desired. Now Shari helps other women (and men) do the same. She recently talked to TVGrapevine about her business and how she helps others be the best they can be.

Tell me about yourself and how your career got started. 
I am a small town girl; I grew up in a town of 301 people. As soon as I graduated high school I “got out” and started living!! 

Not really knowing what I wanted to do in life, I decided I would look for an administrative assistant position, so that’s what I did. Once I finished school and started in the corporate world, I found that I quickly advanced in the companies I was with, mostly fortune 500 companies at the beginning of my career. 

I have the ability to easily create relationships with people of all backgrounds, at all levels and to make them feel very comfortable. Since I was young, I’ve been that friend, acquaintance or stranger that people feel compelled to talk to.

I’ve been told I use a velvet hammer if I have to deliver bad news, which is better than hitting someone over the head with a 2x4!

What are some of the highlights of your career?
I have had an amazing journey with many many highlights. I’ll give you a few good highlights and a couple things that may have been perceived as bad.

As I said earlier, I have a gift of connecting with people, so I was fortunate to have many mentors in my life that took me under their wings and helped me along the way. This has taught me to make sure I’m doing the same for others. No one can do it alone.

Being the first and only women on the executive team of a male dominated manufacturing company. Paving the way for other women in leadership to advance and eventually welcoming more women into the executive ranks.

It was always a highlight for me when I could encourage someone to go after something they wanted, but didn’t think they were ready for. Helping them step into the next chapter of their career and grow faster than they thought they could was very fulfilling.

I was laid-off after 10+ years with a Fortune 100 company. I was a single mom at the time and I was not sure how I would be able to handle that. There were a lot of people telling me I’d never find a job like that again, etc., but it ended up being a great thing for me. I took some time off and landed with another Fortune 100 company with a higher salary and a great job. 

You are known for helping people be the best they can be. What is the best advice you can give to help people accomplish this?
Believe in yourself!  So many people feel like they have to be one hundred percent ready before they do something. Learn to say yes and then figure it out as you go. Now with that being said, I’d advise that you do some planning before jumping head first into the unknown, but don’t be afraid to try new things!

Be honest with yourself. Quit trying to be something you’re not, something you “think” you’re supposed to be or something someone else wants you to be. You have to live life true to yourself to be truly happy and fulfilled. Take note of what is working and not working in your life, what feels good or right and what doesn’t. Make sure you’re living true to yourself.

Tell me about your business. 
I am a motivational speaker and personal success coach who helps people find the confidence and courage to take control of their life so they can live a life of authentic happiness and success.

I offer individual and group coaching as well as internet based classes.

I have co-authored several books and have my first solo book coming out in February. This book will be titled, “Beyond the White Picket Fence”. I will share the story of my life, the lessons I’ve learned and tools and resources to help others overcome obstacles and live authentically.

What made you decide to go into this field?
It was a natural transition after spending many fulfilling years in the Human Resources industry. Coaching, speaking, mentoring & teaching is where I found my joy. I knew this is the path I would take when I retired. 

After a series of events in 2011 – March of that year my step-father passed away after a 2 year battle with liver cancer, a few months later my step-sister passed away at the age of 40, I was going through a divorce, my daughter was making some poor choices in life and my job was overwhelming in a negative way. I had lost my biological father in 1997 at the age of 51. 

This series of events made me realize that life is too short to live unhappy and by everyone else’s rules and expectations. So I prepared myself, found the confidence and courage and left corporate America in 2013 and started living my dream.

Since starting your business what is the most important lesson you learned about yourself?
First and foremost I learned that it’s ok to ask for help, as a matter of fact, it’s a necessity. This was a big one for me. I’m a “do it myself” kind of girl, so asking for help was a struggle. No one does it alone and things are much easier when you team up with others.

I tend to take on everyone else’s emotions, so it was very important for me to learn how to block that energy from affecting me in a negative way so that I could be of even more service to others.

It’s important to surround yourself with positive, like minded people that can and will support you and it’s important that you do the same in return.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been divorced twice, laid-off three-times, have a 23 year old and an 11 year old, I’ve been physically abused and emotionally abused. There are so many things about me that people probably don’t know, but they’ll all be revealed in the upcoming book, “Beyond the White Picket Fence”

What are you currently watching on TV?
I really don’t watch much TV, I can probably tell you about any Disney or Nickelodeon show though!  

The only show I’ve found that can make me genuinely laugh out loud is Two Broke Girls. I DVR it, but I rarely ever take time to watch it.

Any last words for America?
All relationships start within; whether that is a relationship with another person, money, “luck”, health or anything else, the relationship you have with yourself have a strong effect on every other relationship you have, so make it a good one!

You must learn to love yourself, to be your own best friend and to take care of yourself first so that you can be the best you, you can be which will have a very positive effect on everyone else in your life.

Thank you to Shari and her team for this interview and be sure to keep checking back for more news on her amazing career. 

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