Gabrielle Glancy is a college admissions expert and Founder of New Vision Learning, a company focused on helping students get into their dream college(s).
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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I am Founder & Director of New Vision Learning. I was always looking for a way to work with students outside the box – and I found it. Having been in admissions at three different prestigious colleges and universities and being a lifelong teacher of writing as well as a writer and editor myself, my job – getting kids into their top choice schools – is perfect for me.
2) What does a typical day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
I have a lot of flexibility. I can’t really work until kids get out of school, so I don’t usually start “officially” until around 3 p.m. in the afternoon – at least with kids in the States. In the morning, I write, do admin, and start putting together the pieces of the puzzle for the next dream or scheme I’m working on. I also walk the dog, swim laps and connect with people when I can.
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
The beauty of it is I can work from anywhere! Right now I’m kind of grounded because I’m the sole caretaker for my 91 year old mom, but I hope one day to open an office in Europe and/or Southeast Asia.
4) Do you have any tips, tricks or shortcuts to help you manage your workload and schedule?
I am extremely focused. I work hard and play hard. When I’m working, I work quickly, get it done, then go out and play!
5) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
My schedule is wonderful! I have enough time to see clients, work on new ideas, and build houses on the side! I just finished building one that took two years. On to the next!
6) What do you think are some of the best habits you’ve developed over the years to help you strive for success and balance?
I have really been a “follow your bliss” kind of gal! I realized more than twenty years ago that I would do best to start my own company, be my own boss, make my own hours, and invent the life I wanted to live. I’ve made my dreams a reality and am in the business of helping others do the same.
7) Are there any books that have helped you improve over the years?
As a poet, I read a lot of poetry. But I also love non-fiction. I read memoirs, travel writing and books about the power of positive thinking – The Secret, The Law of Attraction – those kinds of things. I’m very picky about novels. Gotta be super well-written or I just can’t read them.
8) What is the number one thing you do to make sure you get the most out of your day?
Keep healthy! As long as I’m fit and healthy, I have huge quantities of energy, am extremely focused, and get things done. I exercise, eat well, and maintain a positive attitude towards life (much of the time!)
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
I sometimes need the support of close friends, coaches, therapists to sort out the difficult aspects of intimate relationships – and when I need this, I seek it.
I have heard it said that the most successful people need these four elements to be successful – Find work you love, Be excellent at it, Make sure it’s something people need – and most critical, make sure it’s something they’re willing to pay a lot of money for.
I have found that sweet spot in my own life and I’m so grateful I did. My work is deeply satisfying to me and I feel well-compensated for it. What could be better?
If you’d like to have a conversation with us about how you balance the grind, get in touch with us!