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The Inner Gatekeeper |


You think others are keeping you from what you want? You’re wrong.


If you’ve been in business for any length of time, if you’ve been alive for any length of time, you’ve run up against the gatekeeper. The gatekeeper is that person or people who, in organizations, shield someone from communicating with outsiders. So, if, for example, you try to call the chairman or Chairwoman of a major American Corporation, and you’re going to run up against a person or people who are designed, whose very role it is to shield you from getting through to them. Perfectly understandable.

But the problem is for most of us, we develop an inner gatekeeper. We develop this quality that’s designed to protect us from failure, protect us from hurt or harm, to keep us safe. It’s part of the conditioning that we’ve reached from the time that we’re in school– you go to school to take on the first day by Mom and Dad, or just Mom or just Dad. You’re dropped off there with your kindergarten teacher, and you look up at your parents and the teacher, and your Mom or Dad says, “you know, be good here. Listen to the teacher do What you’re told. Behave yourself. Implied in their is an “or else” . . . Or else something bad will happen.

That’s what the gatekeeper does. It functions as that voice within us, that tries to keep us from doing the things that we want to do. In business, you know, you run into these situations where you can’t get on a vendor list. You just can’t sell it. And you take it on personally, like you are defeated, you’re worth less. I’m not saying “worthless.” Worth less, that others are better than you. People don’t see you.

A whole host of excuses. And it’s goofy. I just want you to hear that. It’s goofy.

What is that voice within you? What is that voice telling you about your value. When you don’t get through to someone, when people don’t call you back, when you don’t hear praise constantly. And as a result, you feel like you’re squirming, scrambling. Coaching can help break down that barrier.

I’d love to coach you. I’ll simply say, if you want to start working on that inner gatekeeper, that quality within yourself, that keeps you playing small instead of playing big, hence the term The Big Game Hunter, I want to help you play the game big. I want to help people win. And I want to work with people who are dedicated to their own success.

If you’re feeling, well, I’ll simply say, if you’re not prepared to make a commitment, I’m not interested. I can only work with athletes, with performers, with individuals who want to be champions. If you look at sports figures, you know, the players who want to just be ordinary, don’t make it to the majors, right? They don’t make it to professional levels at a high level to that. They have to work really hard.

It’s not just simply what they do when they’re on the field. There’s tons of practice that takes place before they get out, right? I’m going to help you create all that practice to help you get out on the field and compete.

Reach out to me. My website is There’s also the link in the show notes to let me help you. This is my site. Get some encouragement there. I look forward to working with you. Have a great time.



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

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