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How Leaders Emerge From “Tin Can Moments” with Sonya Etchemendy


Sonya Etchemendy is the author of Living a Life of Tin Can Moments. Her story started with her share of stories about negativities and a tin can. Every time a negative event happens, Sonya would write it down on a paper with a statement about how she reacted. In time, these negativities in her life became the reason she was able to stand as a leader even at age 70! Are you experiencing many negativities in your life too? Do not allow the negativities define who you can be. In this episode, Daniel and Sonya will help you uncover your talents to  become a leader who impacts lives. Tune in and discover how you can continue to grow and focus on your purpose despite setbacks and adversities.

“Do not let the negative things going on in your life define who you are or affect the quality of your life.” - Sonya Etchemendy

Episode Highlights
  • 02:43 Keep Your Pod Within Your Big Circle
  • 09:49 Make Decisions As Leaders
  • 14:09 How to Positively Shape Your Identity
  • 21:02 Reach Out And Ask For Help
  • 26:05 Use Your God Given Gift To Help People
  • 30:42 Learn Lessons In Life
  • 35:54 Establish Partnerships with What You Have



About Sonya Etchemendy

Sonya Etchemendy is the Founder and CEO of Etch Your Life LLC, a business consulting and coaching company. She is the author of the Amazon #1 International Bestseller, Literary Award winning book, “Living a Life of Tin Can Moments.”  Sonya retired from the government as Chief of Contracts and Acquisition for the Environmental Protection Agency in Boston, MA. She earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Western New England University but she says her greatest knowledge came from the experiences she gained from interactions with people and organizations worldwide. Her greatest lesson learned is to focuson the positive to overcome the negative and to understand the power of prayer. Sonya lives in Jacksonville, Arkansas, and she is on a mission to help people learn how to live a life led with Tin Can Moments®.


07:09 “Sometimes we need the haters to say something to us. They remind us how much we’ve grown.”Sonya Etchemendy

09:37 “People will criticize what they can’t duplicate.” – Daniel Gomez

11:33 “We ought to have attitudes with leadership.”Sonya Etchemendy

12:40 “The words that are said to you are not as important as the action you take.”Sonya Etchemendy

14:01 “Being a leader and a mature person, you have to be patient and not react to every situation.” – Daniel Gomez

17:49 “Do not let the negative things going on in your life define who you are or affect the quality of your life.”Sonya Etchemendy

18:28 “We all have God given talents. We are here for a purpose. And if we focus on that, and not focus on the things that we have no control over, we’re not just helping others, we’re also helping ourselves live a better life and not be defined by the negative stuff going on around us.”Sonya Etchemendy

25:54 “If you’re stuck in a rut, reach out to somebody. People love you. God is putting people around you.” -Daniel Gomez

27:38 “A word of encouragement can go a long way. So never undervalue the impact you’re having.” – Daniel Gomez

30:22 “We never know how we’re going to help people. It’s important that we put it out there.”Sonya Etchemendy

34:22 “If we don’t go through those times of trials, we won’t have the proper preparation that we need.” – Daniel Gomez

37:15 “Establish  partnership… Know your boundaries and adhere to them, then the process will be so much easier.”Sonya Etchemendy

38:51 “When you let go of control, you will heal faster.”Sonya Etchemendy

40:45 “If you’re stuck in a dump, you might have people around you that are stuck in a dump too. You’re feeding off each other, so crawl out; find someone who’s got out of that dump to talk to.”Sonya Etchemendy

41:18 “I am worthy. I am worthy of success. I am worthy of receiving.”Sonya Etchemendy