“Really one person’s story is hundreds of thousands of people’s story. Your journey probably has some deep similarities to mine, that we’ve lost sight of who we are and what we’re doing here, and why we’re here, which is to be of service in a way that brings you joy and compensates you beautifully and makes you feel very alive.” – Kathy Caprino 

After doing the work to “find brave” in my own life, and transforming my career — from unhappy and chronically ill corporate VP, to marriage and family therapist, then career coach/writer/speaker — and to doing work that gives my life meaning and joy, I see very clearly that my having lost sight of my most thrilling dreams for my life and future is not something that only I experienced. Working with thousands of professionals in the past 14 years, I connect every day with people who feel exactly as I did 20 years ago, asking themselves, “Where did my big dream go? And how did it slip away?” I know that this feeling of losing sight of your most thrilling dream for your life and your career is not something that just a few professionals feel, but thousands upon thousands all around the world. 

To get a quantitative look at how prevalent this challenge is, I launched a survey recently on the 7 most damaging power gaps that keep professionals from thriving in their careers. At the time of this writing, 59% of the respondents indicated that Power Gap 6: Losing Sight of Your Thrilling Dream was a gap they’re struggling with and 24% indicated that this one gap of the 7 resonates most deeply with them. 

This episode is dedicated to helping you understand the most common reasons I’ve seen in my coaching work for why people bail on their thrilling dreams. And I offer real-life tips, strategies, and solutions for getting back on track to your dream. I also take on Mark Cuban and other naysayers who believe and share that following your passion is a terrible idea that will inevitably make you broke and unhappy. They’re so wrong! But to follow your passion and make a great living from it, certain requirements, steps and actions are necessary. Listen in for those 5 steps, and what to do now to get on a thrilling new path.

If you’re sick and tired of feeling that your work is meaningless (or worse) for you, and you long to get back on track to your ultimate dreams for your life, don’t miss this episode!

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What the 7 damaging power gaps are and how I’ve identified them [4:05]
  • The staggering findings and shocking stats that exist around these power gaps [8:47]
  • What losing sight of your thrilling dream looks like and the reasons that pursuing just what you’re good at isn’t the answer [9:31]
  • Why I bailed on my own thrilling dream at the age of 22 [11:55]
  • What type of success you should be striving for, instead of looking at just how much money you can make [14:39]
  • The decisions many of us making heading into college that will have lifelong repercussions [18:15]
  • The ways that internalizing the negative messages we hear about ourselves will push us farther from our dreams [20:35]
  • Why thinking that “pursuing our passions will make us go broke” is just a myth and a crushing one [23:34]
  • The practical things you can do today to get clarity around your own thrilling dream, and how to get there [29:11]
  • The 5 steps to changing your career to something you love (without risking your money) [31:50]
  • An exciting opportunity for you to get coaching from me around your thrilling dream – for FREE [34:22]

For More Information:






Resources Mentioned:

Kathy’s Power Gaps Survey

Her Forbes Post, Top 4 Reasons Professionals Lose Sight Of Their Thrilling Dream for the Future

46: 7 Damaging Power Gaps That Keep Women From Thriving in Life and Work

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware

Kathy’s Post, The Top 5 Regrets of Midlife Professionals

Mark Cuban on Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice

The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth

Kathy’s Application Join Kathy’s New YouTube Series “I Bailed On My Most Thrilling Dream – How Can I Get It Back?” and receive a free coaching session LIVE!

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“When you are clear about who you are, what you have to offer and what you want, and when you are confident enough to get it, life usually goes very well.” [2:56]

“I think that for women, we are trained to be malleable, pleasing, accommodating, not assertive and not strong, and we get punished or penalized in the workplace when we are.” [6:15]

“Yes, money is important if you are going to pursue your thrilling dream. It’s not going to be thrilling if you’re broke and can’t pay your bills and feed your children, or yourself. So that goes hand-in-hand, but don’t give up your thrilling dream because you think there’s just no way you can make the money you need to (from it).” [16:53]

“There are many, many ways to pursue your thrilling dream. Don’t give up on it.” [18:09]

“Every person on the planet has a brilliant talent or gift that they can leverage to be great in the world to be valuable and useful.” [22:21]

“People who have amazing careers, and are making millions of dollars and loving their lives, all of them that I’ve ever met have done hard work to close all their gaps.” [23:09]

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Kathy’s new book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss shares vital information on the 7 most damaging power gaps that 98% of professional women face and how to overcome them. Boost your power and confidence today!


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