Meeting My Mentor: It was 1996 and I was studying engineering at UC Santa Barbara when my Mom (Beverly Herrera) called me up and asked me to attend a weekend workshop with her and my sister. I went to that first Kathy Ollerton (KO Productions) training to support my family and left in a state of amazement. It awoke in me a desire to grow that hasn’t left me since. Learning about commitment, accountability, personal responsibility, respect, and integrity gave me real tools I could use to do that. I decided I wanted to learn more. Over the next several years I enrolled in KO trainings, then ran logistics, and helped facilitate. I did any job that was available and kept me in the training room.
The Costa Rica Land: In 2005, I was on my yearly surf trip to Costa Rica. I had decided to leave my engineering career and go to graduate school to study physics so that I could teach at a college. I was barely getting by and quickly racking up a mountain of student loan debt. I will never forget standing on that huge piece of bare land for the first. As I stood looking out over the trees to the ocean beyond, I knew right then and there that I would buy it and that one day I would build a training center on it. I could literally see a place where you could come to learn about yourself and nourish your soul. I signed a contract, ditched my teaching plans, and joined my mom and sister in their real estate business. I talked them into investing and put my mind to making money fast. With a lot of help, hard work, and good luck we made the last payment on the land in 2007.
Striving for Mastery: Since my mentor had done most of her work within the real estate community, being in the profession exposed me to a network of people who shared my passion for the principles. A group of us began to meet regularly to develop mastery over what we had learned. Over a period of years it transformed from a once a month meeting to a bi-monthly accountability group. I know that I would not have come to the place in my family, my marriage, my business, or my finances, without that space to work on myself. We helped each other make progress towards all the things that were important to us.
Life Principles Matter: In 2009, my mom and I decided to take our love of training to the next level by starting Life Principles Matter. We did 6-month and year-long trainings. It was a dream come true to train with my mom. At the same time we took our accountability group and shared the idea within our real estate company, Prudential California Realty and later Better Homes & Gardens. I began running the groups within several offices. As the accountability group side of the business grew I realized that more people, especially the self-employed, were seeking the week-to-week structure and consistency that they were providing. Our colleagues were getting a lot of value and I was having fun, so I decided to leave real estate and focus on perfecting the accountability process.
Accountability Works: In 2012, I launched Accountability Works, a principle-based accountability program. I designed it to be flexible and virtual so I could bring the process to people who wanted it wherever they might be. To date, I have been able to work with people from Hawaii to New York and Canada to Mexico. I have worked with successful entrepreneurs, small business owners, artists, writers, commission only salespeople, CEOs of multi-million dollar companies and non-profits. I’ve done in-house groups for real estate and financial services companies. Accountability from a place grounded in principle is a special skill that I have been honing for most of my adult life. That I get to bring forward the work of all the people that shared in crafting these skills is an honor.
The Vision: My passion is to create processes for you to learn about yourself and to inspire you to live your biggest, fullest life. As demand for my work has grown, I’ve tapped my network to bring in trainers as passionate about the principles as I am, which means more groups are being offered each session. I’m collaborating with respected friends and colleagues to bring you a retreat in early 2014. As the team grows we’ll be bringing you more opportunities to work within the groups, enroll in trainings, attend retreats, and of course one day our little slice of heaven in Costa Rica will open its doors. After that it will be time to dream a bigger dream.