John Holmes, said,
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
In our #MondayMotivation blog focusing on the #MarvelousMen segment, we present the story of man who believes in helping others become the best version of themselves and gives his best in helping people achieve this goal. Meet, Executive & Life Coach, Harish Walavalkar, who gave up his 15 years of corporate experience to start afresh as a life coach. What gave him the courage to quit such a long and successful corporate run and how does he keep himself motivated to continue in his journey as a life coach? Let’s find out in his own words.
“Being at the right place, at the right time is what got me into being a life coach I believe! A leadership firm I was working in, sponsored an experienced employee to take up an International Coach Federation Accredited Coach training course. However, the person opted out and I became the replacement. I took to Coaching, as fish takes to water. I realized this was what I was waiting for all my life. This was the profession of my dreams. 10 years later, this work continues to give me a sense of fulfilment, satisfaction and completeness. I can clearly see myself doing this for the rest of my life.
About the struggles, well, to summarise in one sentence, taking to Coaching meant I had to let go of my 15 years corporate experience, and start as a “Fresher”! 10 years ago, I started taking the International Coach Federation Accredited Coach training course. It was a long journey. This was a one-year long course. I was so intensely focused on developing my skill as a Coach, that my performance in my core job started deteriorating. I just couldn’t get myself to deliver on my real job. I had lost interest there. Consequently, I had to come out of my job twice. I went a full year without income as you don’t get paid as a Coach when you have no experience in coaching people. I borrowed funds from my uncle just to bring food on the table for my family. I would take up free assignments just to get some experience. However, I still wasn’t skilled enough. There was something missing.
Later, I came across Neuroscience. That turned out to be a life saver. I deep dived and read as many books as I could. I attended courses whenever I could. I constantly upgraded myself, practiced regularly and read books. And then, once I felt I had a fair understanding of the neuroscience I merged it in my Coaching process.
However, I still needed clients to trust me and ask me to be their coach. Fortunately, I had good friends who had known me and referred some people. My coaching worked this time beautifully. There was no looking back ever since.
Since the last 10 years, a commitment I have adhered to- is Coaching the jobless Free. If a jobless person approaches me, I don’t charge a fee. It’s been a 10-year long journey in this field now and whether the assignment is paid or unpaid, I love coaching. What keeps me motivated is that this is an extremely noble profession.
The kind of satisfaction and fulfilment you feel when you support someone who needs help, is something that one needs to experience to understand. The feeling is difficult to explain in words but I no longer have Monday morning blues. Come Saturday, or Sunday, it doesn’t matter to me anymore.
If I must summarise one big Life Learning, I had for myself, then it is this:
There are 2 types of people in this world:
The “Us vs Them” thinkers- never seem to achieve Happiness. Never saw them feeling fulfilled beyond a short time.
The “Us” thinkers- usually taken advantage of by the former. In spite of that, these are the ones who lead largely content and blissful lives.
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