I’m passionate about helping other leaders and professionals during times of overwhelming uncertainty and pressure because I’ve been where you are, struggling with seemingly never ending feelings of stress, fear, doubt, frustration, and inner conflict not too long ago.
I worked in corporate IT for 20 years. I climbed my way up the corporate ladder from an IT support technician to an executive-level position. I was so focused on my career that I only took my first real family vacation 15 years into it, and only because I won free tickets and accommodations in a company event! So, I know a lot about being a high-achieving workaholic in a demanding corporate environment, and I experienced both mental and physical burnout as a result of it. When I realized that I still had a few more decades ahead of me until retirement, something inside me screamed: “there has to be a better way to work and live than this!”.
I’ve also struggled with health challenges, having suffered from crippling back pain for over 14 years that wreaked havoc on my work and family life. I was only 38 years old when I eventually thought to myself, “I can’t keep living and working this way!”.
So I finally decided to take responsibility for who I was and who I wanted to be instead and embarked on my journey to rebuild my mind and body. I delved into books and courses on self-development and mindset transformation to regain hope of a better life. I searched for physical therapists, fitness trainers, and health programs to regain my ability to live a more active life. Once I was pain-free and physically and mentally stronger, I began to experience the life I hadn’t thought was possible. Working less (with better results), spending more time with my wife and children, going on dream vacations, and enjoying many new activities and experiences such as yoga, swimming, weight lifting, jump rope, scuba diving, underwater photography, and meditation. When I realized that I could experience so many things that I had given up on, I began to review my career choice. I discovered that I had lost my passion for working with technology in a corporate environment, and began searching for a new, more worthwhile career path for the second half of my life. After exploring many options, I finally found my calling in life, leadership and executive coaching. It resonated with my passion for connecting with people and guiding them towards unlocking their infinite potential for overcoming their challenges and to live more meaningful and fulfilling lives while allowing me to do the same for myself.