I’m Shannon Post (she/her) and I’m a career coach—but not the conventional blue-suit-and-tie type. I believe finding the work you love is an act of rebellion that will change the world.
What I know is, if you hate your job right now, it isn’t your fault. We live in a culture that depends on people believing work is supposed to be abusive and miserable. The good news is you have the power to change that. This is a skill you can learn.
I can also tell you that you're not alone. I searched for the work I was meant to do for well over a decade. I’ve had crappy minimum wage jobs and what on paper were “dream jobs.” I was a professional classical singer performing on the most famous stages in New York City. I was a dog musher for a prominent Iditarod racer in Alaska. And I was a CIO and top senior IT executive leading teams in technology and mapping.
In each case where I had “made it,” where I had succeeded in society’s eyes, I was miserable. None of the jobs felt like me. I wasn’t fulfilled, I wasn’t using my natural talents (mostly because I didn’t know what they were) & I wasn’t making the kind of impact I wanted to make in the world.
I’d tried to find the perfect career so many times without success that I thought something was seriously wrong with me. Like maybe I wasn’t allowed to have a career I loved and felt passionate about. Or maybe having a career I was naturally good at was just a pipe dream.
If you can relate, know that it’s not you. It’s the box you’re trying to fit yourself into. That box, the traditional career path, doesn’t work for everyone—and that’s okay. There is fulfilling work out there that fits you and your personality like a glove, and it’s my goal to help you find it.
I transitioned to working with private clients in 2014, and since day one, I'd wanted to create a more affordable way to get help. There have been several versions, but in 2020 the full version of Discover What You Were Born To Do® was born. It’s a robust 12-week course where I work with you to help you find a career path that not only fits your financial needs but also celebrates your talents, lifestyle, and desire to make an impact.
My work is informed by my own experience building careers in vastly different industries, over twenty years supervising, managing, leading, and mentoring employees, continuing education and my studies at the University of Montana, the University of Virginia, and Stanford University.
But the thing I’m most proud of is that, against all odds, the life I have now is the dream I had long ago. Alaska. Based in Talkeetna under the shadow of Denali and the Alaska Range. The ability to make a tangible impact in people’s daily lives and improve the world around me. Alaska is breathtaking, and I am indebted to the Denaʼina Ełnena [dənʌʔɪnʌ] and their traditional territory where I now get to live and work.
I’ve been certified as a coach by Kathy Kolbe, a leading authority on human instinct, and Dr. Martha Beck, a Harvard-educated sociologist specializing in human behavior.
I had a boss who said my results always broke the barriers of what he thought was possible and changed the world. He wasn’t wrong.
Now I want to break the barriers of what you think is possible and help you change your world and the world of everyone around you.
You can get started now by downloading my free guide
7 Powerful Steps to Take When You
Hate Your Job but You Can't Quit
You may not have the luxury of just walking out of your job right now,
but that doesn’t mean you have to stay there forever.
In this free guide, we'll walk through the practical steps you can take today,
so you can leave your job asap but without blowing up your life.
A career change is possible for you, and you don't need to do it alone.
Let’s start your exit plan now.
Freedom | Authenticity | Integrity | Adventure | Purpose | Wilderness
A world where fulfilling work is as natural as breathing.
I’m committed to changing the way we think about work for everyone.
Work should be a financially and emotionally prosperous avenue to not only fulfill our dreams and desires but also redirect our energy from just surviving to solving world problems so we can all thrive and rise together. I believe if everyone had work they loved, we would remedy all the world's crises within a decade.
I believe we all deserve to do the work we find fulfilling, the work that matters to us, the work that matches our innate strengths and fulfills our dreams and desires.
For me, all people means all people - regardless of size, shape, skin color, sexual orientation, neural ability, religion, socioeconomic or any other identity. I lead a firmly feminist, anti-racist and anti-diet company. I actively work to dismantle all systems of oppression, including punitive forms of coaching.
What this means for you is that I will not tolerate discrimination or disparaging of underprivileged or underrepresented communities, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, ableism, antisemitism, xenophobia or other harmful systems of hierarchy, bias and imagined superiority. This includes from my clients, students, contractors or suppliers and above all myself. I am actively learning, working toward deeper awareness of my own privileges and editing my own language and beliefs accordingly. If you think I’m out of integrity, I want you to tell me so I can fix it.
It also means I don’t knowingly promote or work with companies which promote systems of oppression such as diet culture or ableism. I’m open for education, feedback and correction in any form.
I live and coach by the concept of yes/and. Yes, some circumstances are completely out of our control, and we can still maintain control over parts of our lives, even if it’s only .001%. Yes, you are part of a greater system you didn’t create and are not at fault for, and you can still maintain some degree of choice and ability to change your circumstances. My personal background includes experiences of violence, poverty, bias and abuse that I’ve done the work to heal. These experiences help me bring a sensitivity to my work that’s rooted in the deep understanding of the impact trauma can have on a person’s ability to excel much less dream of their future. Fulfilling work is irrelevant if your daily experience is traumatic and terrifying. I also acknowledge the unearned privilege I have and the blind spots it creates.
I believe fulfilling work shouldn’t be for the privileged few, it should be a human right for all people.
It's my belief that having a job you hate or suffering through your workday negatively affects everything from your mental health and confidence, which impacts your performance and earning capacity, to your ability to show up in your relationships, care for yourself and contribute positively in the world.
I also believe that working in a job you hate isn’t simply your failure as an individual. It’s not about your bad choices, your inability or your need to work harder; it’s a result of the culture and mindset that saturates our society. When I say fulfilling work, I mean fulfilling to you. Work that celebrates and uses your innate talents, aligns with your desires, provides adequate income and enriches your life.
I’m not a guru. I believe in partnership. I am not the all-knowing expert on all things you. My role isn’t that of an expert or oracle over your life. YOU know you best. I’m here to work WITH you and share what I know. My job is to help you listen to your inner guidance, strengthen your confidence in yourself and cheer you on so you can pursue your dreams.
I also believe that the world is full of untapped talent and that positive change is possible for anyone (including you) . I do this work because I know the more people who love their work, work for causes they care about, the faster we can bring about the positive change we need in our world.
I believe in living in harmony with the earth, restoring land and preserving wilderness.
My home and business are on traditional Denaʼina territory. In restoring individuals back to their natural talents, I hope to empower people to restore our balance with the land, people and ecosystems.
As part of a commitment to intersectional environmentalism, I personally strive to reduce the waste in my household and business, including supply streams that preserve the environment and honor the rights and habitats of workers.
I work to offer my courses, blog, website, and all content in multiple formats including audio, video and transcription to accommodate differing needs in learning and accessibility. This is an ongoing focus for my company. If you see an area I need to improve on, please email me and let me know.
I offer free and low-cost options for support, including my social accounts, email newsletter and free introductory content.
I provide payment plans at the same rate as pay-in-full rates to increase accessibility.
I pay all of my contractors a living wage and prioritize diverse womxn-owned companies and companies with a social mission.
Honesty | Sustainability | Humility | Partnership | Dignity