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Winters Of Life: A Coach’s Unfiltered Truth

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By Joe White

Hey there, warriors. Joe White here, your guide through the messy, beautiful trenches of life. Let’s talk real, shall we? 

I’m here to tell you, the good, the bad, and the ugly: life throws punches, and sometimes, it feels like you’re in a blizzard with no end in sight. But here’s the thing: that’s okay. In fact, it’s human.

I’ve seen the “perfect coach” up close. You don’t need a guru with a spotless record and a life straight out of a magazine. You need someone who’s been in the trenches, who knows the sting of defeat, the taste of fear, and the raw power of resilience.

Years ago, I was in California hosting a TEDx type of conference, and we had the #1 gastroenterologist in the world scheduled to speak. This is the guy who diagnosed and operated on Steve Jobs!! 

He was walking to his car with his suitcase to go home when they asked me to stop him from leaving. No pressure. 

He was the President of the World Association of Gastroenterology and came to this event to share about the initiative he started, training doctors in Africa in life-changing procedures. He was leaving because he was scared to share something “intimate” with 50 people. He felt vulnerable and afraid.

This is from the man that Steve trusted to cut him open; he flies on Lear Jets and speaks to hundreds at medical conferences, and he was afraid to share something in person with strangers.

That day, I realized this.

It doesn’t matter who you are; we all deal with stuff in life. Regardless of how perfect you say things are, there are cracks. They are unavoidable. No one is exempt.

Not even me.

So, fire the coach who preaches perfection but doesn’t practice it. Seek out the one who stumbles, who falls, who gets back up with dirt on their knees and fire in their eyes. That’s the coach who will show you how to navigate your own winter, not with sunshine and rainbows, but with grit, resilience, and the unwavering belief that you, yes YOU, are strong enough to weather any storm.

Here’s the truth, warriors: life throws curveballs. You’ll have moments where quitting feels like the only escape. But remember this:

  • There’s always another move. Even when you’re buried in snow, there’s a path to dig yourself out.
  • Your past doesn’t define your future. The mistakes you made, the battles you lost, they don’t have to be your forever story.
  • You are not your problems. They’re baggage, not burdens. You get to choose what defines you.
  • Love yourself unconditionally. You’re worthy, even when you’re lost, broken, or buried knee-deep in winter.
  • Take responsibility. Stop playing the victim. You are the author of your own story.
  • Quitting is losing. Keep fighting, even when it hurts. Your spirit is stronger than you think.
  • Never give up. As long as your heart beats, you’re still in the game.

Life is hard, but so are you. Stop fighting against yourself and the storm. Embrace the cracks, the struggles, the vulnerability. That’s where the true strength lies. It’s time to get back on your side, warrior. It’s time for a new approach, one built on honesty, resilience, and the raw power of being human.

So, let’s go. Let’s face this winter together, not with perfect smiles, but with grit, laughter, and the unwavering belief that we’ll come out the other side stronger, braver, and more beautifully human than ever before.

Aho! Joe White

P.S. This isn’t just my message; it’s a battle cry. Share it, spread it, let it be a beacon of hope for every warrior facing their own winter. We are in this together, and together, we will rise.


Joe White, President and founder of Get Life Coaching, started Delaware’s first Life Coaching practice in Delaware over 23 years ago. Joe overcame a near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction 27 years ago and changed his life forever. Today Joe specializes in working with individuals who desire deep and sustainable change in their lives. He has worked with over 1 million individuals and businesses around the world. Joe also owns the Firewalk Institute of Research and Education, which trains and certifies firewalk instructors all over the world, including such notables as Tony Robbins and T. Harv. Ekers.   


“This was the most amazing experience of my life! You did exactly what was needed! Kudos to reading and knowing those you were serving!! Forever grateful to you, Joe!!” ~ L. Domday

“Before I started with Get Life, I felt my life was out of control and I felt powerless to do anything about it. Joe White will get you MASSIVE breakthroughs and tools to take back control of your power and direction in your life. Never before have I ever felt clear with what I want, where I want to go, and how to get there.” ~ Luke C.

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