Shenandoah Chefalo about success: “I had come face-to-face with the trauma of my past”

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“In 2011, after feeling burned out with my career, I decided to pursue my coaching degree. That experience forced me to face some traumatic issues from my past. Several people around me started suggesting I write a book. The experience of writing ‘Garbage Bag Suitcase’ has been wonderful. Before this I had been pretending my past had never happened. I buried myself in work. For a while it worked, but eventually I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t get over some obstacles in my life. I had come face-to-face with the trauma of my past. I started by asking a couple of questions: Does what I do make me happy? Is it positively affecting those around me? Being positive means success to me. It is important for me to remind myself that everything I do has a positive effect in the world. Sometimes you have to deal with difficult situations or people in order to be successful. My philosophy is: I never fail. I either succeed or I learn.”