When I first arrived in Ireland in 2004, I had nothing but a small backpack, €200 in my pocket, and a mind teeming with ideas and dreams that I was eager to into a reality. Although I did not know what the future held for me, nor in exactly what fashion I would make my vision into a reality, I did understand that I would never live a truly fulfilled life unless I followed my passion. Visions, dreams, and interests are all so very strange. We do not know from where within us they arise, yet like a moth to a fame, we are drawn toward their light.
Since then, I’ve fostered and fed my passion for helping both individuals and businesses actualise a progressive vision for their future. I began my journey in accounting, working my way up in a small firm to gain experience in advising and consulting with decision makers before joining some of the larger practices in Ireland, where my role naturally expanded. Eventually, I moved on to work as an auditor for government organisations such as the Revenue Commissioners and HSE (health services). As accounting is indeed the language of business, this early foundation would prove extremely useful in the future path that I did not yet know I would traverse.
By this time, I had reached the pinnacle of my particular career field. What more could an accountant want than to work with the highest and most complex levels of organisation around? Even so, something just wasn’t quite right. Again, that nagging pull toward passion took a hold of me with a grip as strong as ever.
Identifying the problem, I realised that while I’d become an expert at helping my clients put together their accounts and optimise their organisation, my then current role prevented me from being the trusted advisor they needed to motivate them toward truly developing their businesses in pursuit of the highest potential in all departments. I wanted to be the person who showed them that they were more, and who encouraged them to do more for their own sake, and of course to the benefit of their customers.
To fill this void, I began reading everything I could get my hands on regarding business development coaching and mentoring, but to no avail. I soon realized that the market was saturated with the eerily familiar and clichéd voices of self-styled experts on growth. While I found some content to be immensely helpful, I could not help but notice a lack of substantive, systematic advice that could propel me from a robotic reporter of statements to an effective personal consultant.
Finally, I came across Bob Proctor, a world renowned business coach and head of the Proctor Gallagher Institute, and was blown away the value that I was being offered. I had found a genuine coach and an institution with a reputable process for helping my clients to be all that they could be. What I had discovered to be so unique about Bob’s system was his insistence on obtaining the seemingly impossible by beginning with our thoughts and putting our imaginations to work. From him, I learned that the power to change our lives and our businesses for the best resides within one of the most powerful forces on earth: your own brilliant mind.