We had the good fortune of connecting with Corby Furrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corby, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The single most important decision contributing to my success was to work on me. We all carry belief systems that have been given to us, that have conditioned who we thought we should be, and we believe it. The truth is, the conditioning is not who we truly are. What we learn influences our relationships with money, with people, with health, with success and failure. Due to the events in my life, I thought I had to be a people pleaser and over giver. I thought that I had to do everything on my own and for everyone else at the costs of me, it stemmed from a fear of abandonment. I was afraid to ask for help as I saw that as a sign of weakness. I had to do it on my own. By doing my personal work I realized that asking for money didn’t mean I was weak, that it was an exchange for service, that asking for help is a sign of strength as it allows me to focus on what I am good at. The work brought me to understand that I am worthy and that I love myself. There is nothing more powerful than when you love yourself. Self-empowerment is based on that fact. I realized that I have a lot to offer to those I am meant to serve and unless I showed up and move past the fears and anxieties of being a business owner no one would benefit. Having done the work I show up, I make decisions from a grounded space, I don’t have to waste energy worrying about things I cannot control. People can feel when someone is coming from an authentic place versus one of fear or uncertainly.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I worked in the mining industry working my way up to Director of HR, I was let go after 25 years. I was devastated as I lost my identity of who I was in this world. All my insecurities were brought to the surface and my self-confidence was at an all-time low. This started my healing journey. I found a program that was all about healing me, and I knew I needed that. It was using Conscious Emotional Freedom Techniques™ which utilizes a trauma informed framework for transformational change. Through this journey I realized I wanted to be a coach, so I trained and got my certification but I knew it wasn’t enough, so I became a Conscious EFT Practitioner and Master trainer over a 6-year time frame healing and growing all the way. This allowed me to know I have a lot to offer, that I am worthy, and that I can run a business that will make a difference in the world.
The biggest lesson I learned was that it doesn’t matter what title(s) we have, how much training or education, or even how much money; what is important is that we are human being first. That’s the common denominator so in my coaching practice I work with the human being who has an issue they want help solving and I do that with a trauma informed lens. The key is that I approach my work from a view that there is nothing wrong with my client, they just need help clearing out the beliefs that tell them otherwise. I work within the capacity of the client’s nervous system so they can feel safe and heal from what is holding them back from creating the impact, the life, and the joy they want in their life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There is so much to do in Edmonton, AB, Canada. My favourite place is hiking at Snow Valley, the side trails are engulfed in nature, it is peaceful and silent, you wouldn’t know you were in the middle of a city. The trail follows along the river, into the bush where, if you carry sunflower seeds, the chickadees will feed out of your hand. On the way home we would stop at Square one coffee shop, where they have the best cinnamon twists and London fog. Then it would be off to see the Edmonton symphony orchestra, they have a wonderful symphony under the stars. There is nothing like hearing beautiful music in the open air. The High Level bridge streetcar is a must to travel on a piece of history that like stepping back into time. For supper Vivo Ristorante is a must for a taste bud experience using locally sources produce. It brings together family and friend together as it’s served in shareable way, each course compliments the next. Another must see attraction is Fort Edmonton Park where the architecture is from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s with a working steam locomotive and a midway, this is definitely an all-day affair. Order in for supper from Saffron, which is excellent East Indian food, with the best traditional samosa. Muttard Conservatory has unique pyramid buildings that houses botanical gardens and has an excellent restaurant Cullina Muttard also uses locally produced retail products. On the weekends it’s always fun to take in the Bountiful farmers market that runs all year hosting local artisan goods. The Royal Alberta Museum is museum of human and natural history and the largest in western Canada. Then back outside to walk at Buena vista dog park which takes you along the north Saskatchewan river, where you will have beautiful views of the Hawlrek bridge, the row club and the Yorhath house. While you are there you can stop in at the Edmonton zoo which is home to Lucy the elephant. Then for the shoppers in the group a day at the West Ed Mall will solve all your shopping needs. The Citadel is always a great place to catch a play, then have some Vietnamese food from Tien Tuyen, excellent vermicelli bowls. For the sports fans you can catch soccer, baseball, hockey and basketball games at various venues. These are a few examples of places to check out but there is so much more; Edmonton has something for everyone!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have so many people who have uplifted and supported me on my journey, each playing an important part. The biggest transformation happened when I became part of the National Emotional Freedom Techniques Training Institute (NeftTi), and was mentored and trained by Nancy Forrester. At NeftTi there is a community that supports each other’s growth, as humans we are built for connection and with the love and support of this group, I could truly do my work in a safe space. To be held in a container where you can learn and grow without judgement is a rare thing.
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