Here is my never before told story about my journey on to becoming an Excellence Strategist and author. You can watch me tell my story in person here.
My name is Yinka Adegbenle. I’m the founder of Ways of Excellence LLC. I’m an excellent strategist, coach and an author. I have an MBA in International Business Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Economics. I’m also a certified project manager which also known as a PMI-PMP.
In 2004 right before I left grad school, I already had a great job lined up with one of the largest investment banks in the world. From 2004 through 2009, I worked in the financial services space. I loved doing what I did, and I just loved working in that industry. But, all of that came to a screeching halt in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession. I found myself jobless. I was heavily pregnant with my second child and not too long before then, my husband and I have just purchased our home too. All of that coupled up together, on a deep sense of hopelessness and helplessness.
It was during a regular doctor’s visit, that my doctor altered words, unknown to him, changed the trajectory of my life forever. When I went for a regular pregnancy checkup, I remember the doctor pulled me into his office and had a very puzzled look on his face. He sat me down in his office and said this, “Yinka, your stress levels are through the roof!” My doctor has told me that I needed to stop whatever it is that I was doing that’s causing me stress because it had started to affect the growth of my baby, and lead to other severe pregnancy complications. That was my wake-up call.
What the doctor did not know was this: for the past several weeks, I’d been waking up several times during the night and sweating profusely and just very anxious from trying to figure out how my family would get out of the seemingly helpless and hopeless situation.
As I drove home that day from the doctor’s office, I deeply reflected. I reflected over the next several days. It was during this time of introspection that I realized that a huge part of my self-worth and how I defined myself, was tied largely to my roles and the organizations I worked for and how much I earned. I made a major decision. I told myself that I would never be in that hopeless situation ever again. That one decision has led me on a 10+ year long journey into self and personal development.
It was during this time of personal development that I founded my company – Ways of Excellence LLC. I also found clarity and I found purpose. I have come a long way since 2009. I run a very successful coaching and teaching business, and I live a fulfilled life!
If you are an emerging leader, an entrepreneur, a small business owner, I’m here to help you uncover the roadblocks and the pain points that are preventing you from growing and thriving as the Person of Excellence, that you know you were created to be. I would love to work with you.
I look forward to working with you. I cannot wait to help you get started on your journey towards living a life of EXCELLENCE and PURPOSE.