Having been a qualified coach since May 2015, I have extensive experience working with clients who wish to escape the corporate world. My approach combines proven business development strategies, clear action plans and accountability. Before I can help you, it’s good to get to know each other, so I’ve added a little about me and my background below.
What is my why?
I’d love to say that it was my calling and I knew exactly what it was I wanted to do right from the beginning of my career, but the truth is, it wasn’t. It took years of personal struggle, money worries, a few failed business attempts, health concerns and a long career in IT before the penny dropped.
To understand my story, you must first understand my background.
My family moved to the UK in the 90’s and I went straight to school. That’s when the teasing and laughing began. I was bullied daily, and as a result, I found comfort in food, which subsequently led to weight gain and more bullying.
No one knew what I was going through. My teachers and family were confused, and all I did was hide out in my room after school eating, refusing to mix with the rest of the family. My grades dropped, I was piling on the pounds to the point I was obese, so I became a prime target for all the bullies in the school.
When I reached 16, I couldn’t take it any longer, so I dropped out of school and went to college, but my past was still haunting me and to be honest, I wasn’t passionate about achieving anything. I got a few part-time jobs and helped my dad out in his business. My life was at a dead-end – I felt like it was going nowhere fast. To make matters worse, I thought I’d be stuck in a mindless retail job forever.
As luck would have it, I fell into IT. With no experience, I worked my way up in a job I ended up doing for many years. Although rewarding in many ways, it still wasn’t me.
Then one day, I looked at myself in the mirror - and saw a person I didn’t even recognise. I knew I had to lose weight and get healthy, for my own good. Finally, after so many years I saw the sabotage I was inflicting on myself and the damage I was doing to my body and mind.
I knew I needed to CHANGE – get a different mindset – and I opened my arms and heart to it.
I started working out at the gym and was pleased and lucky to see quick results. This motivated me further. And I managed to lose a considerable amount of weight and eat healthily. I tapped into a new type of motivation that I never knew I had, and as a result, I transformed myself both physically and mentally.
So, how did this lead to becoming a qualified Coach, Trainer and Speaker?
I’ve always been interested in human potential, psychology and neuroscience, but when I was younger, I doubted my abilities to follow the psychology career path. After a very short stint in Australia (4 days…I got homesick), I signed up for an NLP course and trained with Dr Richard Bandler. I found that I really loved it, so much so that I later I did my coach training with the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPec) and further training with America’s #1 Success Coach Jack Canfield.
Now I’m helping corporate employees who want to transition to a business start-up or become a highly paid consultant themselves.
What about my spare time?
Whilst my day job is being an awesome coach, trainer and speaker, in my spare time I am a gym enthusiast, reader, golfer, traveller, and life-long learner.
Some highlights about me…
- My favourite movie? The Shift. I’ve watched it at least 15 times: it’s a compelling portrait of the life journeys of several people.
- My favourite book? The Alchemist. It reminds me of the importance of following dreams and facing down obstacles.
- Inspirational people? Tony Robbins, Elon Musk, Dalai Lama and Michael Jordon.
I’ve discovered that I am information sponge, reading books and articles or listening to podcasts constantly. I just love learning.
My fight against obesity has turned me into a gym junkie and I take my health and fitness very seriously.
I’m also a people-loving introvert. I’m constantly fascinated by people, their stories and their motivations and I can’t wait to talk to you about yours.
Get in touch to find out if we are a good fit to work together.