We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Cashman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nina, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Persistence. In fact, I think this word defines the difference between those who make, versus those who don’t. There are peaks and valleys in anyone’s career and life — times of perceived success, as well as those of perceived failure. I think it’s those who can ride the constant between these two counterpoints who stick around. Those who don’t rest on their laurels due to a couple of successes, and those who don’t throw in the towel due to a couple of losses. People who are persistent and curious about how to become more masterful in their work are not only those who stick around, they’re people who others seek-out. Persistence in any endeavor leads to a state of flow that can only be described as pure joy. And, what could be considered more successful than pure joy itself? So, what’s the most important factor behind the success of my coaching practice, I’d have to say persistence.
What should our readers know about your business?
A few years ago, I took a big leap…
I left a field that I knew for my entire career. It brought me many successes, and my future was looking bright. Yet, something was missing for me, and I was ready to take a chance and branch out on my own. I felt like I was starting over – I was facing a vast unknown that could either succeed or completely fail. Since then, I’ve experienced quite the roller coaster ride. There have been some incredibly exciting highs and plenty of tiring lows. Regardless of the ups or downs, I’ve continued to stick with a master plan, which is to dedicate myself to mastering my craft of servicing people as they transition in their careers.
And, you know what I’ve come to learn?
The concept of trust isn’t just important when we take that initial leap of faith. That’s just the starting point. Trust becomes even more important after the adrenaline, excitement, and hype of our first big decisions wear down. Trust is the only thing that keeps us connected with whatever is possible; especially, when we confront challenges, lulls or situations that just don’t quite pan out as we expected.
In a proverbial sense, trust creates a vast invisible web of opportunities. And, when we remember to honor it, we loosen our grip from what “has to” happen, and exchange it for possibilities that we could have never dreamed of on our own. In the time it took me to jump off a giant career cliff and build a steady, successful coaching business, I’ve learned a thing or two. The overarching theme of it all boils down to giving the world some damn space to deliver what we want : )!
Since 2014, I’ve been helping hundreds of clients navigate their career and life transitions. A couple of years ago, my client capacity reached its maximum, so unwillingly, I started having to turn clients away. This didn’t feel right at all; especially, when I knew people could benefit from my programs. For this reason, I decided to create a new online group coaching program called the PAVE CHALLENGE, because I believe everyone can step into their limitless potential with the right guidance and support.
The PAVE CHALLENGE was specifically designed for professionals who are experiencing major career or life transitions, and are seeking confidence and clarity before taking their next steps. After years of coaching people in career transition, I’ve noticed that many of them have the tendency to seek advice outside of themselves, instead of learning how to confidently find and listen to their own wisdom. The PAVE CHALLENGE was intentionally designed to help people tap into their own expert advice. If you’re interested in learning more, sign-up here to register for my FREE Masterclass: https://www.paveyourway.com/masterclass
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.
I love my neighborhood, Park Hill — it’s filled with old trees, old homes, and a sense of old fashion community that I love. When guests come to visit, they can be certain that we’ll go for walks around my neighborhood and stop by our small neighborhood grocer, Spinelli’s, Honey Hill Cafe, Tables restaurant and Cake Crumbs. These stops will come before or after we take a long walk in City Park to enjoy some of the best mountain views in the city, and the best people watching. For business meetings, I LOVE Olive & Finch — the food is amazing and I love the atmosphere. It’s light, airy, and perfect for a meet-up because whoever gets there first can order right away without waiting around.
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?
Where do I even begin with this question? I suppose I’d have to start with my parents who always encouraged my independence. Next, my family and closest friends deserve a huge shoutout for accepting me exactly as I am, and always showing support for whatever I do — even when it’s unexpected. I also have to give enormous props to iPEC (the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching), which vastly influenced the track I’m on now as an Executive Coach and trainer. Lastly, my gratitude to the words of the great Kahlil Gibran and Plato who have colored my appreciation of work and life. And, finally, I appreciate this world, the opportunity of life itself, and the Creator of all things.