The Collaborative No. 21
Today we are featuring Everyday Visionary Austin Cooper, the creator of Sober Evolution.
Sober Evolution started out as an Instagram account where Austin shared his recovery story and quotes that were important to him. He shared what he was learning and people connected with his vulnerability and mentoring spirit.
He created a space where it is safe to discuss life in recovery. Sober Evolution grew a community where people no longer felt isolated and alone. Austin became a beacon to show there is something beyond addiction and he is also a reminder that our "imperfections" are sometimes what make us most inspiring.
As an entrepreneur, Austin Cooper is also a life building coach. He offers his services to those who are looking to strengthen their lives as well as their self-esteem, motivation, goal orientation and overall happiness with life. He is guiding by experience, because life coaching is one of the tools that Austin has used toimpact his own life.
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- Where do you currently work?
- What is your current role?
- How would you describe to a child what you do for a living?
I help inspire people to live out their best lives. I coach individuals and work with them as a team towards organizing their lives, feeling fulfilled and accomplishing their goals. I also organize events that help bring people together who are in recovery from addiction for a fun and enjoyable time.
- What do you hope you have a reputation for as a professional?
A person who makes a positive impact on this world.
- What is an accomplishment from your career that meant the world to you?
Seeing others accomplish their goals and dreams after finishing my coaching program.
- What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way in your career?
Failure is the greatest learning experience of them all. Do what scares you and never give up.
- What are some of your go-to sources of inspiration and staying on top of emerging trends that impact your field or industry?
Social media has been the best source of inspiration for me to learn about the new trends.
- What is something you need in your work environment in order to thrive in your role?
A peaceful and organized surrounding. I am most effective when I am in a comfortable place with no distractions.
- What you envision for your customers/clients/stakeholders/ patients/citizens/students, etc.?
I envision a better future for my clients. I see strengths in people that they are yet to find for themselves. When I work with them, I utilize certain techniques and intuition which helps me guide them towards finding their own strengths.
- What is one of the biggest challenges you are facing or trying to solve right now?
Organizing this next event. There have been monetary challenges that have risen last minute. It's frightening, but I am learning an incredible amount in this experience and I know that I will figure things out to make for a successful event.
- When and where do you tend to get your ideas?
I get most of my ideas from reading personal development books, networking and scrolling through inspiring peoples feed on social media.
- What are three of your favorite books?
Think & Grow Rich
The Four Hour Workweek
The Four Agreements
- What’s one of your favorite non-profits?
- If you could collaborate with any group or individual in the world, who would be your top three picks?
- What would you want to collaborate on with the people/groups you just mentioned?
With Steven Tyler I would love to collaborate on a project that can bring musicians in recovery from addiction together for major fundraising events. Elon Musk I would want to collaborate with to tap into my nerd side and find solutions to the issues of poverty and lack of technology across the world. I would collaborate with Tim Ferriss on projects that could bring our knowledge to a wider audience.
- If you were invited to give a TED Talk (or have given one), what would you speak about?
I would speak about how to live the best life in recovery from addiction.
- How do you unwind at the end of a stressful day?
Reading and cuddling with my dog
- What do you think your 80-year-old self would tell you right now?
Keep pushing forward. Never give up on your dreams. The regrets we have later in life wont be so much about the things we did do, but they will be about the things we didn't do.
- What do you think your 10-year-old self would be most impressed with about your life right now?
Being my own boss.
- What does your creative process entail when you're doing what you do best?
I am most efficient when my days are organized. It helps me slip right into my creative thinking. So once I'm in that calm and collected place, I write out my thoughts and goals. From there, I am able to focus and take action on them without distraction.
- Is there anything particularly compelling that you want us to know that we didn't ask?
I have accomplished more in my life since getting sober these past five years than I did the previous 25 years of my life.