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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 20-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 12 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.
More info on Laura's speaking topics and books at: http://www.laurabermanfortgang.com

Entries by Laura Berman Fortgang

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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GPS for the Parent of a Teenager's Soul

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 11:14 AM

I am not an expert in teenage psychology or parenting. I am in thick of my first child being a teenager, so goodness knows that I am making lots of mistakes. I am aware that learning from those mistakes may or may not serve the next two coming up to...

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Milestones

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:30 AM

I'm coming off of a Mexican spa vacation and celebrating my 50th birthday by performing my one-woman show in New York City. This year also includes my husband's 50th birthday and our 20th wedding anniversary. The teenager will get his permit this summer, the tweens are in their...

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Goals and Souls

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 6:35 AM

It's still January. How are your goals doing? It's estimated that 45 percent of people have already given up on any kind of new behavior set at the new year. That's okay -- maybe you don't need goals anymore. Maybe your soul has evolved past them.

Goals are like training...

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The Ninth Candle: Servant to the Light

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 11:19 AM

Hannukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa all have a focus on lights or candles this time of year. The lights symbolize different things in each tradition, and in Judaism in particular, the Hannukah lights represent the eight days that the oil burned in the temple when there was only enough oil for...

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Soul Whispers From Your Powerball Loss

(4) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 11:47 PM

If you're like most of us in the US, you did not win the record-breaking Powerball Jackpot last month. The two people who did, have no time to read anything other than the terms of their new fortunes, so it's just you and me here.

For a minute,...

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25 Ways to Say Thanks

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:40 PM

As we approach Thanksgiving, in a post-election, post-hurricane time when our feelings probably outweigh our ability to express them, I thought it might be helpful to explore some ways to say thanks and experience feeling grateful.

Giddy, ecstatic, humbled, moved, awed -- grateful. However the emotion registers for you,...

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The Slap: Rise Up Better Than Before

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 5:45 PM

Mother Nature has done it again. She slapped us upside the head to knock some sense into us. There is devastation for many. Nothing makes sense for them yet, but for most of us, we've been slapped into awareness.

What is it going to take for us to learn that...

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The Soul's Calling for a Place of Peace

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 12:57 PM

Peace is not a new pursuit. Whether it's personal peace of mind or a more global peace between nations, we are a species with a long history of wishing for it. We've done more than wish, certainly. We've tried, we really have. Every generation tries and there are, all too...

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Surrender

(4) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 6:47 AM

"Know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em" are lyrics from a famous Kenny Rogers song, and they apply to life in so many ways. When do you give up? When do you throw up your hands and let things take their course despite being unhappy with the...

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