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Meet David Goldenberg

Certified Life Coach

I am a life-long learner, an optimist, explorer, traveler, lover of food, art and music of all types, a musical theatre fanatic, amateur genealogist, history buff, reader, Netflix binger, people watcher, and (I have recently discovered) a hiker and enjoyer of all things nature.  I’m honest, optimistic, non-judgmental and believe in fairness and justice (as difficult as that may be to find in the world at times).  I believe goodness and greatness exists within most people - sometimes they just have to find it.

I might not have understood myself enough to have been able to write that paragraph above had I not had the courage to leave my intense global wall street legal/executive job in 2018 after more than 27 years in the law and financial services, including many years leading legal and/or compliance departments.  A realization that life is short and that I was ready to seek fulfillment and happiness in a different place led me to pull the plug on that successful career.  And I have no doubt whatsoever that it was the right thing to do.  It was time to try something new. 

I believe there is a solution to every problem. My favorite aspect of being a lawyer and executive always was helping my business colleagues/clients solve problems.  Whatever those problems were.  Often someone would think they knew what the issue was but as we thought it through and took it apart we often would realize that there was more to the story.  That was the fun part for me, and usually resulted in a better outcome for my colleagues/clients.

I eventually realized I wasn’t doing what I really wanted to do – which was to truly help people beyond their corporate/work lives.  So many of us go to work every day, work hard, do a great job, but don’t really think about our overall life happiness.  I was one of those people.  In my mind, there was no time to pursue a greater sense of happiness or to really get to know myself.  Yet at the time I believed, and I still believe, that at any point in your life or career, with the right assistance, you can figure out what you want to do next and change to discover greater happiness – whatever that means for you.  Eventually I found the courage to change.  And that is why I decided to become a coach – to help others make changes in their life to seek greater happiness.

If you want to learn more about my first professional career, you can view my LinkedIn site here.   

I bring not only my professional experience but also more than five decades of life experience to my coaching practice. Like most people, I of course have had some "failures" in my personal and professional life.  I have had romantic and platonic relationships that didn't work out in the long run. I was once let go from a great job.  I have taken some informed chances with my career at times - including sometimes moving to new roles with lower pay or a less prestigious title or in a different industry.  Some decisions worked out and some not so much.  But all were educational. And they pale in comparison to my life's successes, which include supporting myself financially beginning when I took my first part-time job at the young age of 15.  And applying to and graduating from law school.  And deciding to reinvent my life in 2018.   And so many other things too numerous to list here.


But one consistent theme is that I have tried my best to be in the drivers' seat of my own life. It hasn't always been easy, but it sure beats the alternative of having someone else driving your life for you. 


My goal is to help my clients be in their own driver's seat.  If you are interested in becoming the driver of your own life, and would like to know more about me and coaching, let's schedule a free Discover Call so that we can determine if we would be a good match to work together.

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