An interview with Dale Troy Life Coach


What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your life?


My biggest obstacle presented itself during college.
I was lucky to have been accepted to my dream school, Yale.  But I didn’t foresee that the health issues I had during high school would continue in college, and become worse.  


I suffered from migraines, stomachaches, nausea, and fatigue.  None of the specialists I had seen could come up with a real solution other than taking over-the-counter medications for my symptoms.  


I ended up graduating from Yale, summa cum laude.  How was that possible given the health challenges I faced all four years of college?

Life coaching by Dale Troy

What are your three top tips to overcome the obstacle?

Here are my tips to overcome a challenge that seems too difficult to overcome:


  1. First, get clear on your goals.  Make sure you have something you want to achieve so badly that it will keep you going despite your challenges.  In my case, I desperately wanted to go to law school, following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. I had imagined myself as a lawyer since my ninth-grade government class.  I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from achieving that goal.  


2. Second, surround yourself with people who have similar values.  On a college campus, as in many environments, there will be people who make choices that aren’t in alignment with your goals and values. I chose my friends, in part, based on whether they would respect my desire to study first, and have fun second.  My closest friends had similar aspirations, appreciated my determination, and applauded my achievements.  


3. Third, believe in yourself.  If you really want to overcome a difficult situation, other people can only help to some extent.  You must find or develop your inner strength.  Given that your thoughts create your reality and determine your actions, you must have a positive mindset.  You must be your own cheerleader.