My Story from Failure to Success to Significance – Behind the Scenes Part 3

Have you ever experienced a failure to succeed journey in your life? This is my story from failure to success to significance. Ten years ago, I had to deal with a huge failure that changed everything for me. We have all had defining moments that have transformed us. The failure to success journey pushes us to change. This is a look behind the scenes of what made me become a coach to successful leaders.

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Behind the Scenes Part 3: The Transcript

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Disclaimer: This transcript was created using YouTube’s translator tool and that may mean that some of the words, grammar, and typos come from a misinterpretation of the video.

You’ve gotten right in the middle of part three. My name’s Gene Hammett. I’m telling a story about one of the darkest days of my life and what happened after that. In part three we’re gonna talk about really the core of what I’m doing now to serve others, what happened, what was the gift out of this defining moment. If you haven’t already seen part one or part two, make sure you go back to part one. So go to You can get the full context of how this happened, where I was in the beginning, and you can go to part two to figure out what did I do to really evolve and reflect back on what I was missing.

Today in part three, I wanna share with you kind of the ending to the story. And this story is not one of them falls down and gets back up and everything is easy because I decided to create a new business serving others as a coach, as an advisor, as a mentor. And that type of business is not the easiest in the world ’cause a lot of people think they can do it on their own.

You see, I grew a business to five million. I got coaches all around that journey and I know how valuable it was. I’ve continued to get coaching to this day to see what I can’t see for myself, to push me and challenge me, and I know the value of that. But too many people out there think they’ve got it all figured out and that they can just talk to their friends or talk to their executive teams. I talk to a lot of leaders, I work with a lot of leaders just like you, and that’s just not true. They need special conversations that go deep, allow them to really reflect and allow them to create these own defining moments of their lives.

So in part three, I wanna share with you just a little bit of the journey I had in becoming a professional coach, a leadership coach. Someone who focuses on growing companies and growing the leaders that growing those companies. I love what I do. All of this stems from I remember getting coaching back in like 2002. My company was not even a million dollars yet and I’d gotten coaching from Linda and Linda was a new coach at the time and she had some gifts to ask the right questions and I was very coachable. I was willing to take action on those questions and move forward systematically and it changed my life and changed my business.

So when everything had fallen apart and I reflected on what Linda had done for me, I wanted to give back in the same way. I had been through so much with my business and as a leader and building my team and growing it to this point that I had so much to give and I even felt like losing everything would actually be a benefit to those that are going through tough times in their businesses. Sometimes you have to scale back or pivot or sometimes you’ve lost money in some way. Sometimes you had been wronged by a partner or your partner’s not pulling his own weight or her own weight. I share this with you because I became a coach to serve leaders like yourself. Founders to evolve and push themselves to the next level.

To create the systems and create frameworks around how they must grow and how they change their mindset and the strategy set and their heart set to move forward, to really step into who they should be. That’s what I do now. That’s what I love to do. I’ve been working with founders grow their businesses from a million to 10 million. I’ve got many stories around how that’s happened in two to three years. I’ve also been working with leaders that are already at 10, 20, 30 million to help them continue to evolve so that they can get to 50 and beyond. All of this is because I love transforming leaders. I love being a part of that journey. I do it one-on-one. I don’t have these fancy groups. I love to just really get into the mix of it, in the trenches, if you will. That’s what I love to do. That’s who I wanna be for the rest of my life is someone that can really activate someone to a higher level, call upon more courage and confidence to help them be the leader that they wanna be. Be more visionary.

Help them get out of founder role to be the CEO so that they can lead the company and get out of the day-to-day so they can be more strategic. To relieve themselves of the pressure and the stress and the anxiety that comes with the leadership. To do it in a very clear and intentional way. Now, these are all aspects of the work I do. There’s many pieces to it but I wanted to share this with you. Because of that day, because of losing everything, I became who I am today. It was a gift. I am able to give my gifts to others. I’m able to activate them and help them evolve as leaders. We do it in many different ways. I have some one-on-one coaching arrangements. We do some deep dives with leaders. I also have an event every year where we get to drive Porsches and we have a two-day leadership intensive in a small group intimate setting.

There are many different ways we could work together but I’d love to connect with you and see where you are with your leadership. Where do you need to grow? Where do you need to evolve? That’s a really important understanding because if no one is on your team is really pushing you and challenging you to grow, then you’re probably going to be trapped by your own success, and that leads to complacency and drifting.

My name’s Gene Hammett. I work with the fastest growing companies out there. I work with their leaders and their leadership teams to activate this level of growth, to take them from a place where they’re already successful to a place where they’re giving more impact. They’re more visionary, more strategic. I’d love to work with you. If you have any interest in talking to me about your business, getting to know the work I do, and seeing if it’s a fit, make sure you go to Yep. and it’ll give you information where you can get on my schedule. Just a short conversation and I promise not to sell you something. I just wanna get to know you.

All you have to do is go to That’s G-E-N-E. I’m gonna sign off here because I really want you to understand who I am and what I’m doing. If you’re seeing this video, you probably know a little bit about me but I wanted you to know some real aspects of how I’ve transformed into the leader I am and how I transform leaders to really be more courageous and confident. As always, lead with courage. We’ll see you next time.

Disclaimer: This transcript was created using YouTube’s translator tool and that may mean that some of the words, grammar, and typos come from a misinterpretation of the video.


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