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Hi,

Thanks for taking my question. My question is that I come to understand that we all have strengths and weaknesses. That we have inherent strengths and inherent weaknesses. I have learned a weakness that I have, which is intimate relationships and emotional communication. I realized that these aren't something I am good at. I think because I am a very determined and committed person is why it took alot of suffering to face that fact. And beside the fact that I hate admitting defeat. I have learned about strengths that I do have, such as socializing, music, dancing, following my own path, and doing administrative work that I do. Is it wise to focus on and develop my strengths? I read that everyone cannot be good at everything, which makes sense. I am a perfectionist.

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Quentin,

You are correct, you cannot be great at everything, but some things in life are worth working on. Being determined and committed does not mean you cannot love, please remember that.

As for developing your strengths, take time daily to continue to develop them. A good person knows what they are good at, a great person is always finding ways to become greater. Learn, study, practice and find a mentor. These are the keys to true greatness.

Good luck in all you do!

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Matthew Halloran

Expertise

I am able to answer questions such as "could I use life coaching or therapy, and what is the difference?" "How can I improve my parenting skills?" "How can I implement consequences with my kids (step-family) and improve my children's overall behavior?" "How do I choose a coach?" "How do I parent my GLBT children?" "How do I come out to your family?" How do I parent adult children with severe and persistent mental illnesses?" "How do I set goals and actually achieve them?" "How can I start my own small business?" "How do I apply for government contracts?" "Who can I find to hold me accountable?" "What is the history of life coaching?""How do I become a life coach?" "How do I market myself?"

Experience

I was a family teacher at Girls and Boystown for five years helping over 100 kids and families manage and live more successfully as a family. I worked in home support for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and worked closely with their families. I focused on life coaching in my masters degree in mental health counseling and I have a graduate certificate in life coaching from one of two universities in the nation that can grant that certificate. I founded a Professional Coaching, Training and Consulting Company called Basha Services.

Organizations
AGLIBIC (Association for GLBT clients in counseling), PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays), American Counseling Association, and Bellevue University Alumni Association.

Publications
Journal Of Financial Planning, RIA Biz, Dow Jones Advisor.

Education/Credentials
I have my BS in Professional and Applied Ethics and my Masters Degree in Human Services with a focus on Mental Health Counseling and Life Coaching.

Awards and Honors
Graduated with my Masters Degree with a 4.0 GPA. Navy achievement medal, three letters of commendation (Navy), Persian Gulf War Veteran and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (Navy).

Past/Present Clients
I currently coach clients on starting business, personal goal attainment and marketing their new business. I have exited the therapy field to pursure coaching as a full time profession.

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