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Laura Berman Fortgang
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Laura’s professional life is anchored by her international reputation as a pioneer and 25-year veteran in the personal coaching field. Only one expression of her 20-plus years of supporting people to find meaning, purpose and satisfaction in their lives, Laura is also a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, TV personality (Oprah and all national morning shows), corporate spokesperson and interfaith minister.

Laura’s five books are now published in 13 languages. They include: The Prosperity Plan, Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction, Living Your Best Life, Take Yourself to the Top and The Little Book On Meaning, which was a finalist for a Books for a Better Life award alongside the Dalai Lama.

Through her coaching company, InterCoach, Inc./Now What?® Coaching, Laura has trained coaches and provided coaching to diverse clients ranging from homemakers, celebrities and Fortune 500 companies to NASA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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Entries by Laura Berman Fortgang

Coda: The High School Senior Decision That Became A College Freshman Evolution

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 11:16 AM


Employable, profitable, steady. Isn't that what most people would want their kid's course of study and career trajectory to be? For my eldest son, that path lasted less than the first semester of his freshman year and I couldn't be happier.

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What Do Eyelashes Have to Do With Your Career Goals?

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 1:52 PM

Cilia: Plural noun, singular cilium
[sil-ee-uh m]
1. Biology. minute hair-like organelles, identical in structure to flagella, that line the surfaces of certain cells and beat in rhythmic waves, providing locomotion
2. Anatomy. The eyelashes

The Latin for eyelash is cilium and in biology,...

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The Gift We Cannot Keep

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 3:34 PM

That sweater that doesn't fit anymore, that photograph that penetrates your soul, that book that you can read again and again -- We keep the things we love. A T-shirt from college, that piece of jewelry from a dear relation, that journal from a fateful trip -- we cherish what...

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Letting Go

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 11:11 AM

Eighteen years----gone in a flash. On August 28th, my first child will turn eighteen
and on August 29th, he'll be dropped off at college. That's it. He belongs to the world more than ever. He'll no longer belong to me.

Some of you may be going through...

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What's Next? How Come You Don't Know?

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 11:12 AM

"What are my next steps"?

Coming from a client's mouth, these words, although heard often, give me pause. Truly, any question aimed at me rife with expectation that I hold the answer to a riddle that is not mine, gives me pause. I usually respond with a question back.


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When Your Career Becomes a Job

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 3:09 PM

What's a job? A means to make money performing tasks that you are capable of, but may not necessarily fulfill you.

What's a career? A series of jobs that reflect growth, mastery and contribution to one or many fields.

Those are my definitions for the sake of creating context.

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Your Career: A Love Story

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 4:37 PM

Is it realistic to believe you can love what you do?

I tow the line that it is and at the same time, everything we love eventually gets tested. It's our decision whether we'll reinvent it or ourselves. Like any marriage or long term relationship, a career or job needs...

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Parents and College: How One Coach/Mom is Riding the BIG Decision

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 4:35 PM

The time has come. My oldest child is applying to colleges. Ever since I was that age, I thought it terribly unfair that 17-year-olds feel forced to decide what they'll be doing the rest of their lives. As adults, we know they aren't really deciding for life, but I still...

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'Are We There Yet?!' = The Enemy of Positive Change

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Surrendering to a process is hard for a lot of people. 2014-10-22-arewethereyet6.jpg

"What's the outcome? What can I count on? Am I going to get what I want?"

These are the worries that derail process. They disrupt the flow and...

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I Want To Quit!

(6) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Exploring next career moves, doing a job search or starting a new endeavor like your own business are all daunting and often frustrating propositions. Many times you'll come up against a lack of results or clarity that dumps a heap of hopelessness on you in the from of "I want...

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You Asked, You Got, Then Came Trouble

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 10:54 PM

Have you ever had the experience of setting out to make a positive change in your life, only to have it start an avalanche of changes that scares and overwhelms you?

A few of my clients have had this experience lately, and I've seen it a lot over the years.

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10 Wege, wie Sie Ihre besondere Gabe finden

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Jeder hat eine besondere Gabe - etwas, das einfach unbestreitbar zu Ihnen gehört und für die Menschen in Ihrem Umfeld sehr nützlich ist. Es ist viel mehr als eine Fähigkeit - es ist eine innere Stärke, angetrieben von Ihren innersten Leidenschaften und genährt von einem entschlossenen Gefühl der Sinnhaftigkeit.

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Is It Okay to Be Content?

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 12:29 PM

After speaking to 1,000 people at a conference complete with Q&A and spending a weekend with retreat participants who had life-changing ah-ha's, one question that stuck with me in the two weeks hence was: "Is it okay to be content?"

Asked of me by someone in my career-clarity and life-direction...

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On The Back Nine Of Life: Kids, Part 4 Of A Series

(4) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:37 AM

(NOTE: No kids? Still read on)

One 16 year old and a set of twins coming up fast on their 13th birthday: They want freedom, they earn some money and they don't want to be with me all the time. I'm on the back nine of my kids being kids.

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On the Back Nine, Part Three: Careers

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Does one's golf game get better with age or worse? More experience could mean more patience and better strategy borne from repetition and trial and error. Physical limitations, however, could cut into strength and flexibility enough to affect your game. It's similar in the game of career.

Experience makes you...

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On the Back Nine, Part Two: The Physical Body

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 10:30 PM

It's painful even to write this. Not because my hands hurt, but because of the angst that goes along with bringing my aging body to mind as I play out the back nine of life.

It's just not the same. I know you know. Same as what, you might ask?...

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On the Back Nine: Part One of a Series

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:56 AM

I don't play golf. Much to my husband's chagrin, I refuse to go out and play a game that takes over five hours to complete. That doesn't mean I'm clueless about the game. (Tiger Woods gets credit for that. I even met him briefly once.) With that said, I'll borrow...

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Soul Contracts

(3) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 12:59 PM

In my late 20s, my best friend's dad died. I knew him, for I had spent a lot of time with their family. I spoke at the funeral and I sat with the family after the formal ceremonies were over. The question they kept asking their pastor was "Why?" "Why...

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Half-Truths Keep You Stuck

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 8:12 AM

People operate in half-truths. Being polite often means not communicating how we really feel. We swallow the truth to keep our jobs, our friends and to maintain the peace in the family. It's likely better that way, but when it comes to figuring out next career and life moves, half-truths...

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Soul Patch

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 2:46 PM

As a mother, there is nothing more soul-wrenching than having one of your kids hurting in any way. You want to jump in, patch it up, make it all better, but sometimes you can't. Other times, you don't have to.

I got a call yesterday that my youngest (12) was...

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