Sue Curr Q and A Interview
Can you share your back story with us, a bit about your childhood?
The eldest of four siblings I was born in Yorkshire into an A-Typical working-class Yorkshire family. My father was a miner & mother worked in a combination of various manual roles over the years as they strived to provide and care for their brood. For sure money was tight but Christmas, birthdays and holidays remain in all our memories as the sort of memorable occasions that today within my own family I try to recreate to the same effect for our own children (now grown-up) and grandchildren
Were you a determined child or has that developed?
I think it’s safe to say that even as a child I was always striving to be the centre of attention, eager to please and on the surface at least very confident. Yet despite the happy times (and there were many) I came from a family where physical, emotional and mental abuse were the norm in certain quarters. Without doubt the resilience I developed as a result growing up became my driving force when it came to how determined I was to rise above my circumstances and break the cycle and although I didn’t know it at the time that self-same resilience and determination would in later years lead me to living the life I do today.
Can you share something about yourself that is not widely known?
Whilst my childhood was responsible for instilling in me the basic coping mechanisms of resilience and the determination to survive it was also the catalyst for a lifelong journey along life’s loneliest of roads; that of mental ill health and one which in 2012 resulted in my being admitted to hospital as an emergency due to end-stage liver failure as a result of alcoholism. My spectacular decline into oblivion was so extreme that I subsequently found out that at the time of admission I was thought to have no more than 24 hours left to live!
How and when did you know you wanted to become an entrepreneur?
To be brutally honest it was never on my radar. Until having survived my brush with death meant I went on a journey of self-discovery as part of my strategy to confront my past, deal with my demons thus enabling myself to stay sober, become healthy and feel whole. In doing so I began to write (having always had a love of words) and the process of doing so triggered a series of events which very quickly made me realise that in surviving and overcoming both my past as well as my addiction I not only could but should turn this around for the greater good and enable others in similar situations to do the same.
Tell us about your business
In the early days I decided after some positive feedback with regard to articles I had written to set about becoming a thought leader with regard to mental health and addiction and started to be invited to be interviewed from places as far afield as Costa Rica, Iran the USA & Canada and as is often the case the more exposure I got the more enquiries I received about what I could do etc. Today I’m proud to say that I am an award winning international speaker who also runs my business Fear LESS & LIVE More – Mindset Mastery for Mental Well-Being and which today almost 5 years later sees me working with people from all walks of life on both personal and professional levels delivering personally bespoke 1:1 & Group Coaching Programs as I empower them to have the courage to be who they really are by enabling them t reboot the way they think about themselves and their lives and teaching them how to look at life through a window of opportunity as opposed to that of fear.
What did you give up to get to where you are today? What did you have to sacrifice?
Well apart from the demon drink obviously for me the first thing that I had to give up was the concept of blame. Blaming other people for the way my life turned out. For the choices, I made. For the Consequences of those same choices which I also refused to accept responsibility for UNTIL the day my should became my must and I woke up to smell the coffee instead of the chardonnay. Which in doing so caused me to see the reality of my life, the one I had created and the one only I could put right. For myself certainly but (for me at least) more importantly for my husband, children and grandchildren.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to do?
Many have thought I would say stopping drinking and staying sober and whilst there have been difficult moments, they nowhere near compare to allowing the world to see the real me. The one who had hidden for far too many years behind the carefully crafted façade I’d created, the same one which hiding behind meant I didn’t have to confront the past or be honest about my addiction and the one where I didn’t have to let others see me as being vulnerable.
Allowing the world (including my loved ones and friends) to see me for who I really was; broken, imperfect and vulnerable was by far the scariest thing I have ever done let alone the hardest but was it worth it? You’d better believe it!
What are your goals for 2017 and beyond?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Do you have any big Goals?
Can you share 3 #BizTips for Women in Business
1. If you’re waiting for the right time? Its now, right NOW!
2. Perfection is an illusion so cut yourself some slack
3. Whoever and whatever you are? It’s enough
How can people best connect with you online? twitter, website, youtube?
Website – https://www.suecurr.com
You can read more from Sue Curr – The Sky Isn’t The Limit, You Are! inside #BizRocks Magazine Issue 53 and Developing A Holistic Approach In The New Business Paradigm
Plus make sure you pick up your FREE Downloadable Copy of – ‘Where Am I Going’ – Find Your Way to Clarity & Focus from Sue Curr.