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How Nelson Mandela helped me to realise my purpose

I have to say, 2013 has truly been a year of reflection and personal growth. As you may know, about a quarter of the way through the year, I had lost inspiration for my business, specifically the services I was offering and the people I was offering my services to. I made the choice to take a few months out to reconnect with things that I knew inspired me. In this time, I also spent 10 days in Singapore and Bali. It was exactly what was needed. I reconnected with my creative side and felt inspired again. I was inspired about my business and life in general. I revised my services, became more specific about the people I wanted to help rebranded my book and websites and delivered a workshop.

The desire for a more purposeful life

In more recent months, I have been thinking more and more about the “bigger picture” and my greater “calling” in life – some would call it my life’s purpose I suppose. I had a conversation with 2 friends who are at similar stages in their coaching businesses to me and they too were having the same feeling. They too had been thinking more … Read more

5 Important Career Change Lessons from Barack Obama

'Barack Obama' photo (c) 2007, Llima Orosa - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Whether or not you have an interest in politics, I am sure you have heard the news that President Barack Obama has been elected for a second term, for “Four More Years!”. Personally I have a very minimal interest in politics and I never watch television in the morning, however I did tune in first thing on Wednesday morning to find out who had won. I tuned in just in time to hear Obama give his victory speech and as always his oration skills were second to none.

It started me thinking about leadership and what was required of Obama to successfully win a second term as President of the United States of America, particularly following a significantly tough first term. I then considered the key factors that contributed to his victory and how they could be used for a successful career change.

Self-belief

Obama became the first black president of a nation that only a few decades earlier, still had active racial segregation. As well as the challenges and opposition that came as a consequence of that, he also became president during one of the US’s worst economic times. Despite the criticism he received, in order to come back … Read more