428: Doing Meaningful Work With Claire Yeung

Claire Yeung is a lawyer, teacher, coach, author and entrepreneur.  She has been a lawyer for 28 years. The year Claire turned Doing Meaningful Work With Claire Yeung50, she walked away from her 6-figure income job as a lawyer to regain her health. She decided that going back to corporate life was not for her so she went to Portland, Oregon and got her coaching certification as a Whole Person Certified Coach with Coach Training World. While getting her coaching certification, she also authored a book, The Eighty-Year Rule, What Would You Regret Not Doing in Your Lifetime? She is now a multi-faceted entrepreneur. Claire teaches law at a post-secondary institution in BC and she also runs her own coaching business, helping people to live happier, more fulfilling lives, as well as helping organizations to build happier workplaces.

Claire shares how she was able to walk away from the 6-figure career as a lawyer to do work that is meaningful to her and helping others along the way live life on their terms.  Check out her episode to listen to her story.


Claire Yeung is a lawyer, teacher, coach, author and entrepreneur.

Cultural Background

Claire is of Chinese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Do or do not. There is no try.

Do or do not. There is no try.

Definition of Self Confidence

Being able to live your life in a way that’s meaningful and purposeful to you, without worrying about what other people think or being judged by others for your choices. You can’t control what others think of you so do what lights you up.  Figure out what you are deeply passionate about and pursue it with unbridled commitment.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Claire has always been a pretty confident person. But, her confidence came from being good at what she thought society valued such as being a lawyer. When she got sick, quit her job and was unemployed for a year, she lost her self-confidence because she all of a sudden felt that she was less valuable. Her confidence also came from being an endurance athlete, adventure racer, runner, cyclist, etc. When she got sick and couldn’t run or do any endurance sports that also contributed to her loss of self-confidence.

The “AHA” Moment

Getting sick made Claire re-assess her values and her life. She realized that the 6- figure income wasn’t enough to keep her in a job she hated. It dawned on Claire during all of her soul searching that she wanted was to do work that she was deeply passionate about. That’s how she came to teaching and coaching. For her, it’s all about helping others to live the life of their dreams.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Claire loves being a multi-faceted entrepreneur. She is deeply passionate about all aspects of her work. It’s such an honour and a privilege to be part of someone else’s life journey and to be able to help them create joyous, fulfilling lives. She wakes up every day excited about the possibilities that the day will bring. Her heart is full and she feels like she is always in flow state, that wonderful place where you are pushing to the edges of your limits but also at peace with the universe. Yes, she is a flow junkie – that’s why she runs and she cycles.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Don’t worry about what others think of your life choices. Do what is meaningful to you. Pursue a life and a career that you are deeply passionate about. That’s what will lead to a happy, fulfilling life.

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