Hi, I’m Ann Vertel, a motivational psychologist, 20-year Naval Officer, and personal leadership expert.
I’ve helped thousands of executives, entrepreneurs, and high achievers become extraordinary leaders by developing the foundation of leadership success.
I’ve repelled out of a helicopter, taught leadership at The Center for Naval Leadership and Officer Candidate School (remember the movie An Officer and a Gentleman?), and conducted international military protocol missions in almost every country in the pacific rim.
(It sounds a lot more glamorous than it really was!)
I served 20 years as a Naval Officer in spite of the fact that I’ve never really been a rule follower.
It taught me the value of self-discipline, the appreciation for working with people of integrity, and the love of freedom.
My degrees are in Human Behavior (Masters) and Psychology (Ph.D.)
My master’s thesis on personal vision and how it affects our intrinsic motivation gave me a deep grasp of what motivates us to move forward, where we get stuck, and how to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs and results.
My doctoral research established new ground in the area of mindset, self-efficacy, and the success factors of business builders and entrepreneurs.
In a nutshell, I understand what makes ambitious professionals tick and can skillfully guide them to be even more successful.
What You’ll Get From Me
Encouragement, more than anything.
And a “grown up” model to follow if you’re looking for an alternative to just about everything else that’s out there.
I write, speak, blog, train, coach, and do a weekly podcast because it simply jazzes me to inspire and encourage others to live up to ther highest potential – to be extraordinary in the ordinary moments.
Occasionally, I’ll share a few things about my life here in sunny San Diego, where I live with The Test Pilot, The Teenager, and the sweetest Westie on the planet.
And when I’m not working, I can usually be found walking a beach somewhere with a hot cup of hazelnut coffee or an ice-cold beer, plotting world domination with my superhero gal-pals, traveling with my family, working out at the crack of dawn, or reading “just one more” psychology book.
What To Do Next
Restart your week with a quick hit of encouragement, motivation, and inspiration – right in your inbox every Tuesday morning. (It’s the weekly eNewsletter you’ll open first!)
By The Way
I work with both men and women, however most of my readers tend to be working women smack-dab in the middle of their working years who are ready to take charge of their life, their career, and everything in between.
You know who I’m talking about
She salivates over good shoes and bags (who doesn’t?) but spends the money on her kids instead.
She probably owns a Vitamix and a yoga mat but still feels guilty when she eats that leftover marshmallow bunny from her kid’s Easter basket she has hidden in her desk drawer.
(Not that I’ve ever done that.)
She’s intelligent, educated, creative and romantic.
She secretly loves to dance, probably belongs to a networking, book, or women’s club, vacations in both high-class resorts and RVs, although she’d cruise the Caribbean with her best friend in a heartbeat.
She probably plays a little tennis, gets her nails done, occasionally does girls night out, and volunteers at the school when she can.
If that’s you, I’d love to stay connected. Drop your email in the box below and I’ll send you a little encouragement every Tuesday morning.