CHILLICOTHE – Since she was 16, Tamara Paul knew her purpose in life was to help others, but the timing was off.
The Chillicothe High School graduate attended Ohio University and moved to Columbus after she earned her degree. She landed her first job working in the temp industry. Her love for sales eventually led to her transition into the pharmaceutical industry where she worked for 12 years. She took her experiences from both industries and started Rep Network- a contract sales force.
But Paul knew that her true calling was to coach others and help them overcome obstacles.
Now, the Chillicothe native has pursued her passion for change and published a self-help book aimed at encouraging others to better themselves.
The life lessons, business experience and growth acquired over the years were necessary for the journey, according to Paul. She started Your True Potential to produce experiences and products to help people prepare themselves for a better life. Now, she has a blueprint to help others. At first, Paul worked one-on-one with clients as a consultant giving life advice and support. Eventually, she moved toward writing in an effort to reach a broader audience.
“The end game is to prepare my readers for opportunities that are coming their way by being prepared it will ensure those opportunities will not pass them by,” said Paul.
When Paul sat down and started writing, she took inspiration from her daily life like playtime with her children or notes she had taken over the years. When she felt fear or self-doubt while writing, she would stop for 48 hours to give herself time to work through it. After five months of work, the book was ready for publication.
One of the biggest messages in “Discover Your Superpowers: The Key to Unlocking Your True Potential” is related to finding your superpowers and identifying your kryptonite. Paul says that kryptonite is what holds people back from reaching their goals, but once it’s identified it will stop blocking opportunities. For her, it was Attention Deficit Disorder. ADD has challenged Paul for her entire life and blocked her focus and determination.
“Now I see it as a superpower because I’ve identified it,” she said. “I’ve accepted it and adjusted my life accordingly by not allowing it to hold me back.”
Another challenge in Paul’s life was overcoming the insecurities she felt as a result of her race. When in meetings, she always wondered if people were perceiving the way she spoke, dressed and acted with judgement.
“Being an African American woman in the board room with top CEOs, COOs and CFOs brought a certain level of discomfort throughout my life as I climbed the ladder,” said Paul.
But her insecurities challenged her to be more prepared so others in the room couldn’t judge her. It allowed her to work on her confidence and simply focus on herself. What Paul found was that she judged herself harder than anyone else in the room and that regardless of race, most people feel the same level of insecurity.
“If we could all walk in the room with only ourselves to satisfy, then we could make a huge difference in those rooms,” she said.
At first, Paul’s book was meant to help young women get their lives and careers in order, overcome obstacles and succeed in life and business but she soon realized that her advice would also benefit men.
Since its January launch, “Unlocking Your True Potential” has sold more than 250 copies. Readers can also purchase a workbook or journal to work through and process the messages of the book. She also posts brief audio lessons on YouTube.
And Paul affirms that her success isn’t because of fate or coincidences. She says that if you’re prepared when opportunities present themselves, it means you worked hard for them it wasn’t because of luck. If you want something, wait for it and work for it, you will succeed according to Paul.
Growing up in a small town taught Paul the importance of family and your network. The people you surround yourself with can make or break you, according to Paul. But small-town life taught her that it is okay to slow down to create a pace of peace and balance.
Now, Paul is working on another book project. She’s also developing 4 courses that will launch this summer and fall that focus on life coaching and business development.
“With all of the experience I’ve had to date, I decided that it was time for me to add that passion to complete my purpose,” Paul said.
If you’re interested in purchasing Paul’s book you can do so by visiting Amazon or her website.