We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeanine Cerundolo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeanine, how do you define success?
In a time where it can be alluring to measure success in the number of social media followers you have or the figures in your bank account, I think taking the time to personally define success is important. I also believe it is key to differentiate the success of your business, your brand, your career, or your projects from your overall “success” as a person. To me, the concept of success can come with a measuring stick, and a good life can’t be measured – only lived, appreciated, shared, and enjoyed. In the world of self-improvement especially, the concept of living into your “potential” (going for the MOST success possible!!) can be motivating at best, but damaging at worst. It can often bake the feeling of striving and “not-enoughness” right into your endeavors towards success. Instead, we can invite more ease in the journey ahead when we decide to grow out of inspired evolution, not out of a sense of fear or scarcity. Personally, I’ve learned to approach my projects with different levels of success in mind, asking myself what it looks like in 3 variations: 1) Good: What would be a base-line foundational effort, a job well done in bringing this aim to fruition? 2) Great: What would be an even greater outcome that would create internal satisfaction and add value to others? and 3) Exceptional: What would be a result that would feel over-the-moon rewarding and be beyond what I even set out to accomplish? Taking time to stop and look back to see how far you’ve come, and to take in the views at each lookout point on your metaphorical mountain will help make the journey itself a success too, and make it more likely to be able to relish the triumph and celebration of reaching your destination as well. So these days, I often define success by re-naming it with words that light me up more, like thriving or prospering. Thus, the value of my actions and pursuits can be shaped by aspects of life that I can choose to embody as I move in the world. To me, these are qualities such as fulfillment, joy, care, love, kindness, warmth, honesty of heart, and generosity of spirit. In this way, I aim not to just impose my ideas onto life, telling it what it should be, but rather I can allow myself room to flourish through the process of co-creating with whatever arises. How do you define success for yourself today? How will you define it tomorrow?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love what I do, and since I found out about life coaching, I was determined to follow the path to being able to serve others in this way full-time. It is very rewarding to be able to support people with their relationships and career paths when they come to a crossroads. Often, they feel torn by inner conflict, hesitant to take the leap they know they secretly desire, or they are just plain stuck. My work is very personalized and intuitive as I meet each client where they are, and help them to find greater alignment with where they want to be, taking the right next steps to get there. Prior to starting my coaching practice in 2012, I had served 2 Americorps service years in different settings (social work in MA, and education in CO) and was considering expressive art therapy next. I was very moved by the power of our own creativity to help us move through challenges and to grow. These days, I’m coaching full time while also expressing my inner artist by authoring my first book (a dream of mine since I was 8 years old!) Pursuing my own path has definitely taken a lot of persistence, but I’m very dedicated to the work I do. With every call where I see the impact this work can make, I feel ever more motivated. I’m excited to see clients heal from break-ups, move across the country, complete projects they’d had on the back-burner, attract new love, decide their next steps as a family, and go after their dream jobs. I think the joy of this work, is that first and foremost, it’s a relationship, and in companioning someone on their journey, I get to hold a mirror up to the brightest and most fulfilled version of who they can become, until they can hold it up for themselves!
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’m grateful for so many people whose love and belief in me have helped to propel me toward my goals. My connections with my inspiring family, friends, and mentors are so much of what makes life beautiful. In particular, I’d like to appreciate my late Grandfather John Cerundolo, who taught me about quiet generosity by living it simply and truly every day. I fondly remember one time, when I was still learning to drive and notoriously lost a lot (in the days prior to GPS and Google Maps). To guide me, he drove ahead of me a significant part of the way until I could get on the right highway back to my destination. I still remember him pointing the way to the correct road and giving me a thumbs-up before turning around. At that moment, the Black Eyed Peas song “Where is the Love?” came on the radio, and I felt so moved to feel small-but-mighty kindness in action right then and there. As an entrepreneur himself, Grandpa John was always supportive of creating a career on your own terms and left that legacy to continue to inspire our family.