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Career Coach Teaches How Success Hinges on Embracing Fear

Tiffany Peterson is familiar with the word “success.” Not only has she found success in her own career, but she’s also helped several individuals and companies achieve it.

Peterson, a Utah resident and speaker, coach and owner of The Lighthouse Principles, spoke during a joint lunch event for the Utah Technology Council, Mountain West Capital Network, Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum and the Wayne Brown Institute on embracing fear and achieving success Thursday.

“What makes a high achiever?” she asked. “If I had to pick one thing, it would be fear. Everyone deals with fear—every single human being on this planet. It’s not if you feel fear, it’s how you handle it that is the key difference maker.”

Peterson used a quote from a book by Steven Pressfield, The War of Art, to demonstrate how a person can use fear: “The amateur expects to overcome fear, but the professional knows they’ll never overcome fear and they lace up anyway.”

“A lot of times people step away from [fear], not into it,” Peterson said. “But the question is: Am I willing to be uncomfortable to have the results that I want? It requires vulnerability and facing the uncomfortable. That’s the biggest difference between people who struggle and people who succeed.”

Peterson shared one of her first uncomfortable experiences, when she decided she wanted to go into sales for Franklin Covey.

“I was going to be a special education teacher,” she said. “I worked for two years in Granite School District in classrooms with kids with special needs. I never in a million years thought I’d be doing what I’m doing today. I went to school for that, but realized it wasn’t the path for me, so I started selling for Franklin Covey and The 7 Habits, because I was so passionate about The 7 Habits. Do you think I had to embrace fear and put myself out there? Absolutely.”

Peterson said it’s important to think about what career path you’re taking and if it’s the right one. If it’s not, that’s when embracing fear comes into play.

“Are you living your calling? Do you love what you’re doing? Because you know what? Life is so short,” she said. “There’s millions of reasons to not do something, but in your heart if you’re thinking, ‘I want more than what I’ve got; I want my team to have more,’ [then go for it].”

While Peterson agrees everyone has adversity, she also believes that everything a person wants is just beyond their comfort zone. Dealing with adversity is one way to step out of the comfort zone to achieve success. She used a lesson from the book As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen, to demonstrate this.

“One thing he says is if you find a certain adversity or circumstance keeps finding you, that just shows you haven’t learned your lesson,” she said. “Within every circumstance is a spiritual lesson, and once you get the lesson, the circumstance passes away and moves on.”

Peterson also spoke about the importance of keeping your network nourished and making other people—including clients, employees and family—feel important.

“There’s a lot in life you can’t control,” she said. “You can only control how you show up. Show up to serve.”

Overall, Peterson said each person’s dreams and goals have no business being in the hands of another person.

“Your dreams and desires are in your heart, your head and your hands for a reason,” she said. “That comes from a very divine place. Your callings have picked you for a reason. They aren’t anyone else’s responsibility to fulfill.”

Throughout her career, Peterson has worked for Franklin Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Jack Canfield, the creator of The Chicken Soup for the Soul series. After working for these companies, Peterson decided to branch out by starting her own coaching and mentoring company, The Lighthouse Principles. She now helps six- and seven-figure producing individuals and companies achieve success.

MountainWest Capital Network Scores Hole-in-One with Annual Deal Makers’ Golf Tournament

SALT LAKE CITY—July 29, 2014—MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) hosted their annual Deal Makers’ Golf Tournament at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course last week to a sold-out crowd of players that included a who’s-who of local businesses, entrepreneurs and investors.

“We were thrilled with the turnout and look forward each year to the golf tournament,” said Reed Chase, an audit partner at Tanner LLC and President of MWCN. “Capital flow is our mission at MWCN, and events like these provide opportunities for everyone involved to build relationships, make new friends across industries and have some fun.”

The Deal Makers’ Golf Tournament was sold out once again, and sponsors had fun with a myriad of contests and raffles. The highlight of the day was Nick Griffiths’ Hole-in-One on the V.L.C.M. sponsored, Par 3, Hole 15. Griffiths’ hit the 166-yard shot and won a $10,000 bike package from Bountiful Bike. It included a road bike, a mountain bike, a rack and more.

“This was my first hole-in-one,” said Griffiths, a Commercial Relationship Manager for Zions Bank. “I wish I could say the shot ended up as planned, which was to draw the ball from the hill off the right of the green (due to back/right pin placement), have it hit before the hole, bounce twice, and land in the cup.  This is what went through my mind as I stepped up to the tee box on #15.  Let’s just say this was hardly the ball flight, but somehow the ball ended up in the cup.  I am still in disbelief.”

The Thanksgiving Point Golf Course is a championship caliber course and the #1 Public Golf Course in the state, according to Golf Digest. The odds of an amateur golfer getting a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1.

“What a brilliant golf shot by Mr. Nick Griffiths,” said Casey Tanner, an account executive for Trustco Inc. “I’m sure it was a dream come true. As a MountainWest Capital Network Partner it is incredibly exciting that we were able to award Nick with the $10,000 cycling package provided by Bountiful Bicycle. Many thanks to them for putting the package of top-line cycling equipment together, and to everyone at MWCN for allowing us to be a part of this incredible event.”

Tournament attendees enjoyed a variety of extra activities at each hole, including raffles, giveaways, and an “Elevator Pitch” contest from Title Sponsor Springboard5, which highlighted the importance of strong messaging in the success of a company. Nicholas Anderson of WSRP won the $250 gift card for first place, with Tim Provost from Blendtec winning a $100 gift card for second.

“As an entrepreneur and businesswoman, MWCN has always been more than a resource,” said Leslie Norris, CEO of Springboard5. “It’s a true community that extends opportunities in every way an organization needs in order to grow business relationships and long and valuable strategic partnerships. As a board member, the golf tournament is one of my favorite investments every year.”

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