I’m not sure which hurt more… the sacrifices I made to obtain the things I thought I wanted, or reaching that success and feeling emptier and more confused than ever. The beauty in that “void” was that it forced me to ask some tough questions—over and over again—which helped me to define who I am, what I wanted, and how to get it in a way that was right for me. This is literally the same work I now get to do with my clients. I’m not preaching from some mountaintop either. I said I’m here to evolve, and evolution is a lifelong process… a lifelong fight for clarity, peace, happiness, joy, sunshine, etc. I’m just a willing participant in that fight… no matter the weather!
Like you, lifelong learner and eternal optimist Derrick Bass Jr. has seen the word success defined numerous ways over the years: making lots of money, attaining a certain title and status, even living a certain lifestyle. How do you define it?
Derrick’s view is radically different. He believes success is about maximizing your unique potential in fulfilling ways that serve a greater good. From pencils to people, he feels everything and everyone has a purpose. This belief served as the impetus for launching his coaching business, Clarity Provoked, where he works with people struggling to reach their full professional potential. Derrick helps them gain the clarity and confidence needed to create purpose-driven careers. His fusion of honesty, humor, and creativity fosters an intimate and strong, yet malleable connection with his audience.
For the past decade, Derrick had a very rewarding career at Goldman Sachs—one of the top financial institutions in the world. Utilizing his engineering degree from Cornell University, he began his career first managing and helping to improve processes, before having the opportunity to do the same with people. During his tenure he also served as a project manager, leading and collaborating with some of the best and brightest minds in the industry. For balance, Derrick held leadership positions in several affinity groups and recruiting teams. He remains a staunch advocate for diversity.
Derrick lives inspired. He considers the marriage to the love of his life and college sweetheart and being a father to his three children as his greatest successes. He encourages you to live fulfilled and to approach every moment intentionally.
Simply put, Derrick gave me a roadmap to myself.
Jennifer / New York, NY / Retail Management
It’s inspiring to see how you can inspire others. Helping people add life and joy back into their careers is literally my “job” and it’s one of the most amazing things I get to do each and every day. My clients come from a few different industries, including:
The workshops are also a lot of fun. Each topic relates to an aspect of my Career Catalyst coaching program. And the goal is to create an atmosphere of transparency and vulnerability that fosters connection and teamwork long after our session is done.