We had the good fortune of connecting with JEN BILGER and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JEN, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks have always been a big part of my life. Growing up, the ‘normal’ and accepted path was always something that I knew I did not want to take. It was hard to admit that for a long time, that my path was not the same as so many others around me. I was not satisfied with the normal path and that made me so very different than those around me. It was not easy feeling the pain of rejection at times, but I needed to be true to who I wanted to become and what I wanted to experience. I found those who believed in me and supported me gave me the strength to take those risks.
The easy thing is to always stay in the known and coziness of your comfort zone, and yes good things can happen there. But nothing SPECTACULAR happens in your comfort zone. Great and amazing accomplishments and feats only happen when you choose the path less traveled and take a step outside of the comfort zone. Without risk, we do not truly know what we are capable of accomplishing and I have always tried to push those limits. It has served me well in my life and my career and allowed me to become fully fulfilled.
What should our readers know about your business?
When people ask me what I do, I know they see me light up because I get to do what I love every day. I am so proud of my professional journey as I can honestly say that I have always been able to make the right decisions to be in the places people needed me the most. Though my journey was not always easy, it has given me the opportunity to follow my passion and show others how to discover their own unique set of skills and use their strengths to enhance their communication and interactions, adapt and adjust to overcome obstacles and choose the best path to lead them to success!
As a Certified Behavioral Consultant and Coach, I get to fulfill my passion and use my unique focus on the behavioral side of business that was cultivated in my 20-year corporate career in human resources work. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my corporate journey and had a perfectly fulfilling career. That is until the day I just knew there was something more for me to accomplish and it was not located on the path I was on at the time. I had fallen out of love with my career. I was starting to become a passionless employee and I knew something needed to change.
It was difficult to admit that I was no longer in love with corporate life and no longer wanted to be in a world that so comfortable and cozy, a world where I had accumulated 20 years of expertise and experience. I worked so hard to get to where I was, yet I wanted to start a business and build from the bottom up again? Best decision ever!
With my business, I am able to help others find the success they are looking for by defining their passion, helping them discover their strengths and embrace their limitations. We work to define the methods and processes that work best for them instead of a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all technique. I take pride in the fact that I support business owners and leaders, helping them create their own path to achievement so they no longer feel it necessary to follow a path another person created.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Denver is such a beautiful city with so many gems throughout not to mention breath-taking mountain views. I love taking people to Union Station. From the restaurants and bars to the space itself, Union Station checks off many boxes for a person visiting from out-of-town.
Our city also has many speakeasy bars that are so much fun like Williams and Graham or Green Russell that are essential for those wanting a unique experience. And if you love pie, Green Russell is a must! Room for Milly is an amazing experience as well and the bartenders are top-notch!
For restaurants, we are so lucky to have Troy Guard here in Denver. Guard and Grace and FNG are two of my favorite places to dine with friends and family. And I can’t forget my neighborhood favorite- The Pig & The Sprout!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many inspiring people in my life that have been there when I needed motivation or encouragement. It is difficult to choose from the many who deserve kudos for so many different reasons. I am blessed to be surrounded by such extraordinary individuals from my incredible Mom who always gave me the tools I needed to succeed and encouraged me to keep moving forward to my sister Kelly that always finds a way to be such a great role model and source of strength for her amazing family. I am grateful for all the exceptional people who mentored me or were there to give me the perfect piece of information or advice that allowed me to make the right choices, follow my passion and eventually create my own path to success.
I do, however, want to give a special shoutout to someone that may not know how she helped me find my voice, advocate for myself and become the person I am today. You see, she may not know the significance of something she said to me on one of my lowest of days. The magnitude of her simple compliment in the form of sharing her gratitude for how I was with her children in a recent exchange. As we many times find ourselves, I was at a fork in the path with an impossibly difficult decision that day. My dilemma, to stay in college or to return home as I lost my roommate and could no longer afford tuition and rent both. Logically it was a no-brainer. I knew I had to return home and try to finish college from there. I could not see any other way but to give in to the logic on that momentous day and I was going to break the news to her and give her my notice. In that moment though, my resignation never found its way to her ears because I wanted to be the person she believed I was, strong and resolute. I found my voice and found a way to overcome the insurmountable obstacle before me. I stayed and it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I was strong enough to make things happen and I still use this confidence today to find success and overcome the most intimidating obstacles. Cheryl, thank you for giving me the beautiful gift you did that day!
Professional Photos: T5 Photography- Tommy Cowan