I met Jana Schuberth about 5 years ago when I started FLURT. She was beginning her work as a career coach with her business Love Work Now and was kind enough to give me a free consultation. Since then she’s been working for the famous Tony Robbins and most recently started Alive in Berlin, a global gathering of world-changers that’s preparing to put on their second event this May. The most inspiring fact about Jana is probably that she left her marriage and her home in the UK to become a nomad and travel the world. She’s visited places like Bali, Kenya and Hawaii, pushing herself out of her comfort zone every day with activities such as skydiving. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Jana to share her advice about life, love and following your dreams.
1. Amanda: Almost a year ago you left your marriage to pursue a very different avenue. What was the deciding factor that put this into motion?
Jana: As any long relationship goes, there isn’t just one thing that leads to the end of a relationship, but I had been in conversation with my husband around what we both wanted from life. With the creation of Alive In Berlin, I wanted to believe that you can have it all, but in my relationship I wasn’t fulfilled. Coming to the end of that journey with Alive and the first production of it, I really recognized that if I only had 9 months to live like our keynote speaker Greg Hartle I would want to live life fully and that would include letting go of that relationship – so that’s what I did.
2. Amanda: How would you explain what you do?
Jana: I am a behavioural change specialist coach, so I do interventions with clients who’ve worked with life-coaches/mentors/consultants before and haven’t seen change – they’ve read all the self-help books and they understand that the problem isn’t to create more goals but to actually create lasting change by addressing their belief structure, family structure and underlying identity. I coach at a deeper level helping them to feel good enough to pursue their passions – because it’s not about them not knowing what they want, it’s that they think they don’t deserve it. I do this with individuals who are on route to being an entrepreneur or have a small business already.
3. Amanda: Tell us about Alive In Berlin.
Jana: It’s a lifestyle conference that’s about personal transformation in all areas of life. Our speakers address 5 core topics: Work and business or money; adventure and travel or aspirations; sex and relationships; community and spirituality; and health and body. In Europe most of the people that follow TED speakers, New York Times bestselling authors or American bloggers tend to feel like we’re a bit behind and don’t really have that kind of culture. We want to be the lighthouse for those people so they know they’re not alone. And that’s been working pretty well – we had 19 nations attend last year and we will probably have the same this year with a few more Americans. It’s all about feeling alive. This year the key theme is bridging the gap between knowing your truth and living your truth.
4. Amanda: What’s the most rewarding thing about being a behavioural change specialist coach?
Jana: I think when you’re doing deep work with humans it’s always rewarding because there’s a close connection and there’s a lot of delight in breakthroughs. There’s real joy for me in hearing people permanently shift gears and unlearn patterns that have prevented them from succeeding for a long time. I really enjoy being an inspiration for them and them being an inspiration for me as well.
5. Amanda: What advice would you give women who want to start their own business?
Jana: Don’t quit your job too soon. It’s very tempting but it causes a lot of stress when the money doesn’t come in. I would go as far as I could alongside of a job, especially when there are dependencies like children and mortgages. On the other hand I think it’s important to understand yourself really well and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Don’t try to do everything yourself – delegate tasks. Be obsessed with what you’re wanting to do because you need to have so much stamina and persistence. And also find something that you really love and someone else really loves and wants to pay for that adds value to the world. If in doubt I would say just fricken do it, because everything else after that decision is figuroutable and people grow into the kinds of challenges they face.
Alive in Berlin runs May 29-30, 2015. For more information go to www.aliveinberlin.com.