Episode 14

Essence | LAYC14

ESSENCE is defined as “the basic nature of a thing; the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is”.

We may also refer to essence as our authentic self, true nature or spirit, our core values.

I believe our essence evolves as we do, and if we allow it, it becomes truer, richer, more distinctly ‘US’.

Finding myself at the busy intersection of Who Am I Now, Who Was I, and Who Do I Want to Become, I realized my decisions would have two different outcomes.

My choices contribute to me becoming more of me or less of me. 

I alone influence the strength of my essence.

With this revelation, I have a powerful vetting system for actions and relationships.

In this episode, I reveal more about my journey to self-discovery and some of the process and tools I use.

I am happy to share one of my essential Encore tools with you!

Get your free copy of my Personal Currency Evaluation and Unlock Your Vault of Lifetime Accumulated Value.

www.myencore.me <<< easy to remember, tell a friend!

About the Host: Isabel Banerjee - Your Next Business Strategist and Transformation Catalyst

Dynamic, a self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander Banerjee cultivated an award-winning, $10 million+ global chemical wholesale business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.

Isabel’s strengths include the ability to initiate & nurture strategic relationships, a love of lifelong learning and talents for helping others maximize their potential. An inspiring speaker within both industry and community, she is a driving force behind those with the courage to follow her example of thriving against the odds.

With 50+ years of business experience across diverse industries, Isabel is respected as an advisor, a coach, a mentor and a role model. She believes in sharing collective wisdom and empowering others to economic independence.

Founder of the Lift As You Climb Movement (https://www.facebook.com/groups/liftasyouclimbmovement)

Chief Encore Officer, The Encore Catalyst (www.theencorecatalsyt.com) – an accelerator for feminine wisdom, influence, and impact.

Author & Speaker ‘Who Am I Now? – Feminine Wisdom Unmasked Uncensored’ (www.IsabelBanerjee.com)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabelalexanderbanerjee/

 

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Welcome back!

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On today's episode, I'd like to explore one of my theme...

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" Es"...the letter E and today, it's Essence...

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that's on my mind.

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Essence, as in our authentic self.

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What are the characteristics, values, behaviors, super-powers, quirks,

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unique attributes that make us...

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Us?

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Because that's, what's been going on.

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We've been evolving as women through our lifetime becoming more of us.

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Most of the time.

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I know, I certainly can think back on times where, I didn't feel like it was

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me authentically, but I was obligated to fulfill a role or responsibility,

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or carry on in a persona, that I didn't feel was fully truthfully me, but I

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did it out of necessity and obligation.

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All the women that I know have shared stories of different times

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in their lives, where, we were scripted into a part or a role.

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We were cast there by someone else or directed by someone else to do a

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job, be in a relationship, step into uncomfortable spotlights for a while.

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That's who we are as women, we show up.

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And we do.

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The part about this is that most of our lives, we have been evolving by,

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refining and honing our unique essence.

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And that...

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Today you are more of you than you were yesterday or the day

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before or the decade before.

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That process continues while we breathe, because after all, if we've

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stopped changing and growing, then we are starting to decay and we are

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starting to contract in our life.

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That's sad.

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It doesn't mean that it's always comfortable, or welcome on this

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journey through womanhood wonderland.

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To be going...

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Oh my God...

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Who am I now?

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Who am I now at this point in my life, in this relationship, in this business,

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in this career, in this passion project, that is still unfulfilled for me.

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I had a conversation with my girlfriend we talked about how...

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yeah...

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We were teen moms.

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We were single parents.

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We grew up in shoes that were too big for us.

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And we grew into them.

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As entrepreneurs and leaders of our companies and leaders in our communities.

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We continue to grow and evolve because that was our essence, that was our nature.

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To always want to learn more, expand our capability, have a greater impact.

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To be a very positive influence with the people around us, to the

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extent that we could every day.

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She, and I, and many of my friends have taken that on as a privilege

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and a responsibility in our lives to be constantly growing and expanding

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so that, we could lift others as we were climbing in our personal

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lives and professional lives.

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Remember...

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We don't have two separate ones.

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All of us is one.

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That's part of the essence philosophy that I have as well.

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How you show up, in your personal life, and how you show up in your professional

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life, cannot be two different essences.

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There is only one of you.

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When you reach an age in your life, or a stage in your evolution where you have

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more time to start to think about...

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Hmmm...Okay, I did what I had to.

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I did what was put in front of me, to provide and to...

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not only survive, but to thrive in my life.

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Now, I have the opportunity to think a little more about

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what I choose to do next.

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As wonderful as that privilege is, it's also a little intimidating, because

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for much of our lives, we've been going, hell bent for leather, getting

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everything done that we had to do.

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I know when there is that pause, the opportunity to go...

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Okay.

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I get to choose.

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It can strike a little fear in the hearts of entrepreneurial

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women, evolutionary women to go...

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Hmm...

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Now, I have to consciously choose and I'm responsible, for a 100% of what I decide.

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How do you do that?

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Well, for me, it was a, it was a journey for sure, after stepping out of, or being

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given a little push out of, the identity, the persona, that I had lived for decades.

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Selling my business in my late 50s, moving to a new country, starting

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a new relationship and realizing...

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Oh my Goddess...

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I don't know who I am now.

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I used to have a very clear picture of who I was.

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I had a business card that told me every day that I was the CEO of my company and

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that set out my mode of operation for the day, told me what I needed to show

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up as, and who people expected me to be.

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Suddenly.

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I was only answering to myself, about who I expected me to be.

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And I found myself in a place of having to break up involuntarily

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with that old, comfortable persona, because I've gotten used to her.

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I didn't always like her.

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Let's be truthful about that.

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There were some days...

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Wow...

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I really didn't like myself, but now I found myself in a new place, where

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saying goodbye to who that Isabel was, and creating, being responsible,

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for deciding my new role in life, how I was going to show up, and

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writing the script for that character.

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Creating my next starring role in life, was a journey, and I

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didn't have, any expectation that I was going to have to do that.

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I didn't think ahead.

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I didn't have a plan to say...

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The day that you stop living that life...

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those habits, that community, those routines, those people in your life...

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What are you going to do?

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How are you gonna do it?

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Who are you going to be?

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So...

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I know that I am in good company, because there are millions of us baby boomers,

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that have worked a lifetime and followed along with the societal script of go to

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school, get a job, get married, buy a house, have children, save a little money.

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You know, work yourself up the ladder...

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or build your business...

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With an expectation of that's your retirement nest egg.

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And then, I never thought...

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What am I going to do with decades more time?...

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So that I feel...

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valued, and that I have a purpose every day that makes

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me want to get out of bed...

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and supports me in the decisions that I will make to...

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How will I grow?

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What will I learn next?

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What will be the legacy that I want to live, while I'm here, while I'm present?

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To influence it, and to enjoy it, and experience it.

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And when I have decided that...

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When I have decided...

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What is the legacy that I choose to live now and notice, I didn't say

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forever, because we are evolving and things change and opportunities

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will present as we learn and grow.

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When I choose what my legacy is now and how I live it,

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how will that impact others?

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How will I be able to lift others as I'm climbing as a human woman on this planet?

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And how will I empower others to create and live their legacies?

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It's a lot to wrap your mind around...

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How do you do that?

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How do you break up with your old self?

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How do you decide who you are next, and how do you choose the actions that support

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you every day to be more of yourself?

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What are the actions that you have to remove from your behavior in your

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lifestyle that are supporting or causing you to be less of who you are now?

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That's my thought process right now is...

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What am I doing?

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What do I choose to do?

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That makes me more of who I am, more of me today.

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Not the me of yesterday or years or jobs or relationships or personal

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growth and confidence of time gone by...

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But more of me, as the woman that I am today, recognizing that who I am, is this

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accumulation of my life experience, the mistakes that I've made, the wins that

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I've had, the learning that I've been open to and the ambition I have to...

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Have an impact, to influence others in a positive way to love, and be

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willing to let go of the need for reciprocation in love and to be lovable.

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It's all part of how we evolve, and become who we are today.

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Our true essence, our authentic self.

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It's all part of the Encore plan that I created for myself...

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And recognizing that each aspect of what I just mentioned, is part

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of building out that new character, that next and best role in my life.

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So that I feel like I can really stand in the spotlight and shine and feel

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like I'm the star of my life that I've created, to be able to give that same

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gift of framing it that way to others.

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So that's what I'm all about right now.

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And I'd love to know what you're all about, and what you are learning about

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this true essence of you now, and...

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Were there any surprises?

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Did you realize that you needed to break up with some of your old paradigms about

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yourself, to allow yourself the freedom to really grow today and into the future?

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One of the ways that I have been able to work through this process is.

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The opportunity to look at my life as an accumulation of lifetime value, tacit

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knowledge, strengths, skills, lessons, that I learned from the things not to do.

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All of that adds up to me into like a tremendous treasure

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vault of who I am going forward.

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The things that I did well, the experiences I've had, the travel that

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I've done, the skills that I acquired, all of that is the foundation, a very rich

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foundation for the future that I choose.

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Living my legacy and being more of me.

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I'd like to share that with you.

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I have a Free PDF that you can download.

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I call it Unlocking Your Vault...

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Because you do...

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You have a vault of accumulated lifetime value.

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I'd like to share with you today.

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One of the tools that I created in my Encore process, it's a very important one.

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It's one that I use at the beginning of this whole...

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creating my new script.

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I call it unlocking the vault, because each of us has through

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our lifetime accumulated this vast treasure trove of lifetime value.

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Value that we've accumulated ourself and curated in terms of our experience, our

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education, our skills, our strengths.

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Everything that we've learned about ourselves, that we are

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best at, and want to do more of.

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Even the things that we have learned, we don't like...

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Those were mistakes.

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We don't want to repeat that.

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Or that was, then this is now.

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It is all part of personal currency that is unique to you.

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It's really a marvel about the treasure that you have accumulated as you.

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Your authentic you, throughout your life.

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In the show notes, I'll give you a place to sign up, to get a free

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PDF worksheet and guide to help you work through that process.

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I'd love to know if you got any surprises about the incredible treasure you are.

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So for now, You have a great day!

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Great life!

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Live your legacy.

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I look forward to the impact that you create.

About the Podcast

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About your host

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Isabel Banerjee

Dynamic, self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander Banerjee cultivated an award winning, $10 million+ global chemical wholesale business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.

Isabel’s strengths include the ability to initiate & nurture strategic relationships, a love of lifelong learning and talents for helping others maximize their potential. An inspiring speaker within both industry and community, she is a driving force behind those with the courage to follow her example of thriving against the odds.

With 50+ years of business experience across diverse industries, Isabel is respected as an advisor, a coach, a mentor and a role model. She believes in sharing collective wisdom and empowering others to economic independence.

Isabel Banerjee
Your Next Business Strategist and Transformation Catalyst