A bold, and bald messagePublished 10:53am Monday, May 6, 2013
After spending months unemployed from losing his corporate job in 2010, Dave Cornell decided he would finally change his life for the better. Now, he helps others change theirs.
“It’s fascinating to be a speaker about fear and change with how it played out in my own life,” Cornell said. “It’s very rewarding, but very humbling as well.”
Cornell’s story is familiar to those whose lives were affected by the economic downturn in 2008. After losing his job, he was sure it would only be a matter of time before he was working again.
But after months spent waiting, Cornell was still unemployed. Soon after, his wife lost her job, and the stress of finances finally forced them to sell their home and spend their savings. They had lost everything.
“It’s a shock when it happens,” Cornell said. “I found out pretty quickly that, wow, it’s pretty bad.”
After moving to Fergus Falls to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law, his wife found work. That gave Cornell the opportunity to start on a new career path.
“I had always wanted to be a speaker, but I told myself I didn’t have a story to tell, even though I was always good at it,” Cornell said. “Now I had my story.”
In September of 2011, Cornell started BBG (Big Bald Guy) Communications. After landing his first few speaking engagements and training sessions, Cornell’s message about fear, courage and change came to be shaped around not only his experience in the corporate world, but in the unemployment line as well.
While the economy has shown recent signs of improvement, Cornell said he still brings his message to a large demographic of the unemployed between 40 and 60 years of age who struggle with losing their dignity after losing their careers.
“There are people who have just stopped looking for work, and I know those people,” Cornell said. “So much worth is put into what we do. I want people to get more out of life than just what they do.”
In his talks centered around both career productivity and life direction, Cornell points to fear as the number one factor that keeps people from performing their best. His program brings courage to those who need to overcome holding themselves back.
“We find so many reasons not to step out of our comfort zone, and it’s true with companies and with individuals,” Cornell said. “In that particular arena, it’s not about doing what you’ve always hated to do, but feared doing. People are great at discounting their own abilities, and I’m an example of that.”
To this day, Cornell said he still struggles with overcoming the voice of doubt in his head. But with each new project or work session he starts, he leads by example.
Cornell hopes that example helps show others the possibilities courage brings. Now working from home with a growing number of clients, he said the path he is finally on, though it was crooked at first, brings rewards with each new person his message finally reaches.
“I now understand the power of a crisis,” Cornell said. “Looking back on it, losing my job was probably one of the best things to ever happen to me.”