Cindy Scott – Navigating Challenges in 2022

Categories: Coaching, Inspiration

Cindy Scott is Canadian born and has spent half of her life living in Australia. She has a son who has been her greatest life achievement. She is very familiar with navigating challenges and managing change; the perfect training ground to empower and enable others.

She is an author, speaker, coach and creator, passionate about women’s empowerment, leadership, resilience, emotional intelligence and well-being.

She is a multi-passionate entrepreneur utilizing her unique blend of talents and experience to empower women to see their potential, navigate life’s major transitions and take proactive steps to living a vibrant, beautiful, purposeful life.

Cindy is the Founder and CEO of Evolving Women Co, a platform for women who are experiencing change and uncertainty and seeking sanctuary to take pause, to breathe {deeply}, skill-up and flourish.

A former corporate leader, human resources professional, leadership development consultant, facilitator and certified Executive Coach for some of Australia’s foremost leaders and companies and creator of her signature women’s leadership program, Strive; Real Women, Real Power. She holds a degree and post-grad in health science and human resource management and is a certified and seasoned coach.

Cindy is sitting down with The Corporate Escapists and sharing with us what the word EMPOWER means to her.

Thank you for joining us here at The Corporate Escapists. Please introduce yourself to our reader. They love to know about you, your passion, and how you came to find and follow your passion.

At the start of 2020, I was merrily traversing through life, running my business, planning my wedding and thinking my life couldn’t get much better. Just 6 weeks out from my wedding I went for a routine mammogram and ultrasound and discovered I had breast cancer for a second time. In that instant, my world pirouetted (females version of pivoting) and I came crumbling down. Simultaneously, COVID was taking centre stage around the globe which demanded we cancel our wedding as I headed into self-isolation in the lead up to chemotherapy.

Amidst 1.5 years of treatment for cancer, I wrote a book called the Healing Journal for women journeying with cancer, created an online course, developed a range of cancer gifts and host a podcast called ‘Rethinking Cancer’. Through my darkest days, I decided to create the tools and resources I wished I’d had when I was first diagnosed so I could activate the power of my mind to heal fully from cancer.

As an successful entrepreneur please share your view point if you believe that entrepreneurs are born or made?

I believe entrepreneurs are born. In order to succeed, one must have fire in the belly, a vision, thick skin, determination and a healthy relationship with risk. Not everyone is born with these traits nor a desire to do what it takes to succeed in business. Just the other day my son said to me… Mum, I have no desire to do what you do, to be in business. I’d rather work for someone else. To which I replied, that’s great to have such self-awareness at your age.

Nelson Mandela once quoted – ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’  What has been one fear you have overcome?

My life has been one of many adversities. I have been fired, made redundant, had my heart shattered and endured breast cancer not once but twice. I am no stranger to change and if it has taught me anything it is that we are stronger than we will ever know until we are truly tested. When you are facing a life-threatening disease you are forced to look inward, to dig deeper than you ever have before and to trust in an infinite power greater than ourselves.
Fear is merely our relationship with uncertainty. And the more we can learn to lean into uncertainty rather than run from it, the more opportunities are available to us in life. We don’t grow inside our comfort zone. The magic happens when we are outside of it.
Tell us what the word “empower” means to you?
I am a coach at heart and by profession. Empower means inspiring, uplifting and enabling another soul to connect with their own truth, believe in themselves and see the magnificence of their own power.
What has been one of the biggest business ideas you have had and how did you have the courage to implement it?
I think the biggest, craziest idea was writing the Healing Journal. I had never set out to be an author but once the idea was suggested from a friend, the book was born through me. It just same! This book has led to an entire eco-system of products and programs to support women navigating a cancer journey.
Running your own business can be scary.  Success requires moments of courage to push through to the next level, please tell us one of the moments you have had to push through to take your business to the next level?
I have had my own business since 2007. Much of that time I was a single Mum so it was sink or swim for me. In 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time which demanded I take some time off work. Being single and self-employed at that time, I was scared beyond belief as I watched my bank account dwindle, wishing I could return to work and knowing I required treatment. After taking time for treatment, I went into overdrive contacting clients and resurrecting my business and bank account through sheer fear and determination.
Tell us what attributes you feel make a good leader in business today?
I think we are in an era where more feminine qualities are required (in men and women). Things like empathy, creativity, co-creation, warmth, nurturing and relationships. We need much more heart in business and less competition and egos.
What is your favourite quote about empowerment?
You are stronger than you know.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?
Read Michael Gerber’s book the E-myth and job shadow in a business that excites you for a week and after that, if you still feel called to start your own business, go for it.
What would be one (1) question you would you ask the person who most inspires you?  Also share with us about this person and why they inspire you?
Oprah is that person for me. I love what she has achieved in her career, showcasing others’ stories and raising the world’s consciousness. I’d ask if I could come and hang out at her place for a week and learn as much from her as possible.

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