I am on a mission to Inspire 10,000 people to believe in themselves again! Don’t Be a Chicken!
People Inspired to Date aka Tiny Chickens Given away
Hi, I am Brad Finkeldei a career coach for IT professionals. I help the fellow professional nerds and geeks like me find their purpose, improve their confidence, get promotions & become great leaders!
At the heart ❤️ of what I do is help others stop listening to the negative voice in their mind and help them believe in themselves. I do this in 3 steps: Get clear on what’s most important, cultivate a positive mindset, and intentional action.
I wasn’t always a coach though. In my 13 years as an IT professional I’ve been a successful Manager of IT Techs, Senior Web Engineer, Solutions Architect, & Account Manager, and a few other roles. Something wasn’t working and I found myself unhappy. I found what was missing through the power of coaching. It was working with people.
Here’s a little deeper story of why I do what I do. When I was 15, I was trying to speak up to tell a joke. I blurted out the punch line without giving any context. It was hilarious to me, but didn’t make any sense to anyone else. Someone else said, “I don’t know what’s going on in your head, but I’d sure like to take a ride in there sometime!” I thought they were making fun of me, and I shut down. I never tried to speak up like that again. From that point on, I stayed quiet, over-analyzed everything, and found it difficult to speak up.
At the pinnacle of my IT career, I left because I felt unhappy, even with monetary success. I had to find a new way. That’s how I found coaching and then became one. Coaching has helped me understand myself, find my gifts, how to listen, how to understand people, how to lead, and how to speak from my heart.
I know there are many others who don’t feel appreciated and understood. They have gifts to share with the world and feel stuck in their careers.
When I started feeling understood, my life changed. I no longer wanted to hide. I wanted to shine. I believe there’s a lot more greatness out there within people just waiting to be uncovered. It all starts with listening and taking the first step.
Now I get to help others feel understood and shine with the tools, knowledge, and experience I’ve gained by being a coach and doing my own inner work myself.
That’s why I am on a mission to help people understand themselves and others. It sucks to feel alone and isolated and KNOW you have gifts to share. If you’re feeling unappreciated, not understood, and know you have more to give, let’s talk. I’d love to help.
My Personal Mission Story and Why I give away tiny rubber chickens as a powerful reminder.
My big Aha moment was when a life coach told me I wasn’t confident and that I was buying my confidence. I was buying things and experiences in order to get people to like me. I was using my high paying tech career to impress others with my stuff instead of who I was.
She helped me realize that I wasn’t stepping into my fears and doing what I really wanted. From that moment I started facing my fears and learning from my mistakes. That led to
leaving my high paying corporate job and becoming a life coach and writing my first book.
While on a speaking trip in Ecuador in 2015 I met Rafael Bejarano a shaman, world class didgeridoo player, and fellow coach. He walked this earth with a giant rubber chicken reminding everyone they are bigger than their fears and they can do anything they want if
they step into their fears. He left them with a token to remind them. A tiny rubber chicken.
My journey led me to Portland Oregon where everything came full circle.
In September 2015 Rafael was killed in Egypt by their government in a mistaken attack on terrorists. I chose to carry on his message and remind others of their own greatness and that they can take their fears head on too.
I ordered my first batch of tiny rubber chickens to start giving back and making a difference in the world. The day the chickens arrived my confidence was tested. As I arrived back to my house from walking my dog I was alerted that my amazon package was delivered and left on the porch. However, when I got back to the house my package wasn’t there and it wasn’t inside the house either.
Then it dawned on me that the man pushing his bicycle down the street with amazon packages under his arms was NOT the UPS guy. I said to myself, “HE STOLE MY RUBBER CHICKENS!” I had to chase him down.
If this had happened three years earlier before my first coach telling me I wasn’t confident, I would have been a coward and just gave up and ordered more chickens online. But not that day. That day I grabbed my dog and chased the theif down.
I confronted him and asked if he had my package. He said no. I continued to look and saw my package and called him out on it. I opened my package and was instantly more upset because what was suppose to be 100 tiny rubber chickens for $31 was one single one-inch rubber chicken. Double whammy. Ripped off and then Robbed from.
I held the tiny rubber chicken up to his eyes and asked him, “What’s going on in your life that you’re stealing random packages off people’s porches?”
The moment changed from being about me to being about him and his life. He opened up to me and said four people in his life had died that year and he was strung out on drugs, his mom was strung out, and so was his girlfriend. They had gone homeless and turned to stealing to get by.
I listened to him and then encouraged him to return the rest of the packages he had stolen. I reached into my wallet and gave him the last 6 dollars I had on me and gave him my business card. I told him I’d be happy to help see if there’s anything I can do to help
I got my rubber chicken back and my money from amazon. More importantly, that was the day I discovered I had the confidence in me all along. All I had to do was be willing to listen and take tiny steps of courage forward.
Since then I’ve been on a mission to inspire and empower 10,000 people to step into their fears and do what they love.
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