5 Questions With Fred F. Gatty

5 Questions With Fred F. Gatty

Personal Growth Magazine Asks Thought Leaders 5 Impactful Questions…

1. What defines you?

This is probably the most important question everyone needs to ask themselves and one that I like to ask my guests on my podcast. I ask this to get them thinking about what truly defines them. If you were to also answer that question, what would your answer be? Sadly a lot of people have allowed tragedies, past failures, and mistakes to define who they are. The only thing that should define you is your purpose in life, which is the problem you were created to solve on this earth. Once you discover that, nothing else matters.

2. How crazy are you about your dreams?

Woodrow Wilson once said, “We grow great by dreams. All big men [and women] are dreamers.” They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them, nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true. In life, expect your dreams to be put to the test. Understand that no one shares your passion and desires better than you. If you have tried and failed, get back up and keep running.

3. Are you paying attention to the warning signs?

In my book, Believe Dare Become, I share the story about how I chose to ignore the low fuel indicator light on my car’s dashboard. This decision caused me to get stuck on the highway on my way home from work. Likewise, there are warning signs all around us alerting us to something we need to take action on. Sadly, we choose to ignore them until it is too late. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe aptly puts it, “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” What warning signs are you ignoring in your life presently?

4. Will you be ready for opportunity when it comes?

We all have dreams and aspirations of what we would like to have and become. However, if the perfect opportunity presented itself today, would you be ready? Stop and let that sink in for a moment. One of the keys to reaching your potential is being prepared to take advantage when the right opportunity presents itself. To get whatever you want out of life, you have to start preparing for it now. If you believe in doing nothing, expecting an opportunity to find you, you will be ill-prepared when it comes. Wanting an opportunity is one thing. Being ready for it is another. How ready are you for the opportunities you are seeking this year?

5. Life threw you a curveball. Now what?

We need to focus on what we have, not what we do not have. There are some things in life that we cannot change, but having a different perspective about them can make all the difference. Remember, that great things can come from some of the things we consider mistakes. You can complain about the wind, hope it will change, or adjust your sails. You can come up with all the excuses why something is not possible or you can decide to make the best out of what you have. No matter how difficult the challenge, having the right perspective can help you deal with adversity the right way.


With homespun and heartfelt wisdom, Fred brings extraordinary insights into ordinary principles. He challenges the widely-held assumption that what we become in life is predetermined. Fred F. Gatty is a certified personal development coach, podcaster, and author of the book: Believe Dare Become: What you believe and dare influence who you become.

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