Sell Without Selling Podcast

Episode #87

Self-Worth vs Net Worth

Stacey takes us through her experience of being laid off from her lucrative corporate career after 9/11/2001 which led to her leap into entrepreneurism.

Key takeaways:

  • The absence of success in your life should feel abnormal.
  • Your “bad times” will function as a collection of learning moments from your life.
  • Your confidence is driven by your skillset and your mindset.

“I had gotten so low that I was incapable of feeling anything… including fear and worry.” -Stacey O’Byrne



(First ~2 mins)


Hey. Welcome back to another episode of Sell Without Selling. I am your host, Stacey O’Byrne and I believe that learning the art and the science of how to sell without selling is the only way to achieve high six and seven figure success.

I am really excited to get into today’s episode. Really quick, if you are a business owner, entrepreneur, or sales professional, and you haven’t hit the level of success that you wanted or needed, or if you’re stuck and needing a pivot in your success, or maybe you just want more and you understand the importance of having a coach to help identify the blind spots, increase accountability, and help with success strategies to take you, your business, your income, and your success to the next level. If this sounds like something for you, then head over to There is a quick application there that will lead to  a personal phone call with me to see if we are a great fit for each other. Alright, let’s do this.

Self-worth vs net-worth. You know, this is a very personal topic for me. I want to kind of get a little deep into why, which requires me to share a little bit of a backstory. So please be patient. I promise that I will tie this all up.

When 9/11 hit, I had a very comfortable job, and two months after 9/11 I found myself given a 32 page contract along with a severance check, and I was laid off because the industry that I was in tanked. I had had a significant amount of money in the bank because I was very comfortable, made an incredible living with my corporate job. I jokingly told people that I got paid $1.00 a mile plus commission and I flew about 200,000 miles a year.

So when I got laid off, you know, fear happened, absolutely. Worried happened. I mean, the economy was tanking. The United States – America was in turmoil because of 9/11. The job market was tough, it really was. And I found myself combating worry and trying to figure out what I was going to do, and try to figure out who I was. All of that was okay because I had a significant amount of money in the bank that really could have supported my lifestyle for over a decade. So that worry was really unnecessary and pretty unwarranted. It was just kind of one of those things where it just took up brain space and had me spinning.

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