We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Caleb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, is there something you believe many others might not?
I think one of the biggest lies our culture accepts is the “those who can’t do teach” mentality. It’s kind of this mindset that says you can pay a lot of money to learn something from someone who hasn’t demonstrated success in what they are teaching. I just finished paying back student loans for a business school degree. A lot of those professors had the bulk of their credentials in teaching and had spent little to no time running a successful business. I’m not saying it was a waste of time, but I’ve really seen a difference in my life and in my business when I stopped investing in learning things just because they checked a box. I think it’s important that, if I’m going to spend time and resources learning from someone, I have to see that they themselves have done what they are teaching, and it has worked for them. Otherwise we can spend our lives living in theory, not reality. It’s one of the reasons that the company I work with requires that we regularly put ourselves through our own workshop. For one, it keeps us connected to the client experience, but it also makes sure that we can back up our product with the personal experience of it working in our own lives. I have no right to ask my clients to be authentic and vulnerable if I haven’t done that first myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I work with a coaching and consulting company called Revenue Tribe. We’re all about helping people and organizations understand their unique purpose, what matters most to them, and how to move past any and everything that would hold them back from living fully in those things. We do that through podcasts, speaking engagements, and individual and group coaching and workshops. Those workshops are what helped me get at the root of what I really wanted in my own life. Before I got into this work, I was a nurse fulltime. I found myself really burned out because I went from dealing with patients in critical care that were doing everything “wrong” for their health and had the ability to get better but weren’t willing to do the things they needed to do to get healthy (i.e quit smoking, change their diet, etc.). I transitioned to working at a cancer hospital but then found the opposite problem. A lot of the people I worked with there were doing all the “right” things for their health, and they were willing to do anything and everything they could, but we couldn’t help them get better. I found myself feeling very stuck and frustrated. It was a very hard time for me, but it forced me to take a good, thorough look at what actually matters to me: helping people who are ready experience real change that helps them have a healthy, thriving life. To do that I realized I needed to get myself healthy and thriving first and make some drastic changes. That was really hard for me cause I like to be the one that avoids my own problems by helping everyone else with theirs! When I came out on the other side of the work and saw that it gave people who were truly ready for a change tools that actually empowered them to become healthy, I realized I had also found a solution to my career questions as well. I was pretty surprised to have self-care result in finding work that was both meaningful to me and financially rewarding. I think that is what I want to pass on to others. I believe that when we have the courage to stop being distracted by the needs and opinions of others and face our own problems, we can get to a place that allows us to connect to and embrace every part of ourselves and our story. I believe when we truly connect to every part of our story, not just the Insta worthy moments, we can find the unique combination of what makes us relevant, profitable, and most importantly, fulfilled.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Imma give the best quarantine answer I can! Haha! I pretty much take everyone to Sqirl because brunch equals lifeeeeee, and no one does brunch like Sqirl. I’ve definitely embraced the pop-up drive-in scene since we went into lockdown, and I think that the drive-in theater at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel still gives iconic/nostalgic LA vibes. Post Covid, my squad has traded dancing at The Federal for night hikes at Griffith (you can kinda see stars lol). Block Party in Highland Park is still our place to go for chill outdoor bar vibes, and it’s right by the vegan Mac and Cheese truck that’ll also change your life. I don’t think there’s really a point in coming to LA if you don’t have a michelada and the best place to get one is La Chuperia in east LA. Silverlake Flea Market is one of my favorite places to shop, and I love finishing out my week having a chagaccino from Pedal at the Calabasas Farmers Market!
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?
This shoutout is dedicated to my squad in LA and entire Revenue Tribe team who have all walked through the good, the bad and the extra with me in transitioning from being en employee to creating my own path. I wouldn’t have even considered this journey without all of you!