This is our seventh Client Spotlight, where we share interesting facts and stories about our entrepreneurial clients. Be sure to check out our previous spotlight and learn about graphic/web designer Evan Leah Quinn and how everything in her world (even music) has a color!
Our client Jacqueline Sinfield came to us last year to help get her growing ADHD coaching business ready to expand internationally. Learn more about Jacqueline below–here’s a preview: Are you afraid of heights? Why not jump from a plane?!
Were you born an entrepreneur?
I wasn’t born an entrepreneur. I was born with a fascination of people, though. When I was little I would get asked the standard question adults ask children, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ My reply was always, ‘Help people.’ I did that as a nurse and now as an ADHD Coach. It’s a win win. I get to do what I love, as well as experience the freedom and variety of being an entrepreneur.
What color, sound, or smell helps you be calm and productive?
I have a Pavlovian response to the smell of coffee and the usual hum of coffee shops. Whenever I need to write an article, I head to my local Starbucks. I am very single focused and productive there.
What is your favorite business book, and why?
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. It isn’t officially a business book, but it has helped me tremendously with my business. From the book I learned that feeling fear is normal. The trick is to carry on and do the scary thing. Then you grow as a result. When I first read it (about 14 years ago), I was so inspired! I decided to face biggest fears right away. At the time they were public speaking and heights. I joined Toastmasters and jumped from a plane with a parachute.
If you could have coffee with any business person (dead or alive), whom would you pick?
Richard Branson. My clients have ADHD, I have severe dyslexia, and Richard Branson has both. He is the epitome of how embracing your strengths (rather than focusing on your weaknesses) leads to success. Richard has also created his own rules rather than be limited by society’s rules, and is guided by his intuition. He is open minded, positive, and embraces life to its fullest.
What’s the weirdest or most surprising skill you possess?
My clients think I am psychic. I am not! But I understand ADHD and all its nuances really well – so well that my clients feel I am reading their mind. Often it’s the first time they have spoken to someone who really gets them. I think it is a really cool skill to have!
About Jacqueline: Jacqueline Sinfield is an ADHD coach and writer who has been in the health field for over 20 years, first as a nurse and now as a coach. Her book Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD has helped adults all around the world manage their ADHD naturally so they can accomplish everything they are capable of. She is the ADD/ADHD Expert at About.com and also writes on her award-winning blog http://untappedbrilliance.com