I can remember two dark periods in my life. Not dark in the context of life-threatening danger, but more so along the lines of a deep pondering experience.
The first time was at the onset of my 20s. Cue Nirvana. Halfway through my second year at UQAH, studying to be a CPA, I realized that the program was dull. It lacked intellectual stimulation.
At the time, newspapers and magazines extolled the promises of the information superhighway, the Internet. I wanted, in and I wanted in bad. After quite a bit of reflection, I abandoned my dream of becoming a CPA and changed my major to computer science. Looking back, it was the right decision.
The second time was in 2017. I was so enthralled with the business and my role as an executive, that I lost my sense of self. I couldn't rationalize where I fitted in the work-life equation. It was unhealthy, and it was becoming a problem. I couldn't cut bait. I'd work too hard, and I wasn't going to give up.
One late night, while on the road, I put a call into a dear friend and shared my dilemma. He patiently listened, and when he spoke, it was profound. He said: "It's time for you to start working on yourself. It would help if you found the right balance. Find your passion."
With those words locked-in my mind, I started my search for an executive coach—someone seasoned, who would know how to unlock my potential. That's when I found Julie Zuzek, The Corporate Yogi. Julie teaches entrepreneurs how to focus on personal growth so they can achieve growth in their business. Her focus on mindset and limiting beliefs helps entrepreneurs conquer the fear that stands in the way of success.
It was exhilarating. In a short amount of time, I learned more about myself than I ever have, and Julie found a way to challenge me. Thanks to Julie, I reclaimed my passion and found my center.
Through this journey, regardless of your age, it's OK to be lost. It's finding yourself that's important, and asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign of strength. This podcast is for you, and I hope you'll enjoy listening to Julie and I.
Julie, you're an inspiration and thank you for joining the show and helping me become a better person and CEO.
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Don't forget to keep an eye out for Episode #5, XMAS special.