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My Journey With Richard

You might be wondering who the heck is Richard.
He is a gentleman I met a while ago when I was participating in a training program for coaches. For two days, I was part of a class where we learned how to customize our coaching approach when working with new immigrants to Canada. The training was amazing and I am looking forward to the next part where we will be assigned a person to coach for 6 months.

During the first day of training, they told us they would bring somebody to share a story about how the coaching program had helped him to find his first job in Canada. Richard was the guy.

He was well dressed, he was funny and he was ready to share his story.

Richard has been in Canada for only five months now. He was a very successful professional in his native country and also had experience working in many Asian countries. He was very successful before coming to Canada.

When he started to share his story it didn't take too long to realize that his first days in Canada were very tough. I won't go into details about what he shared with us, but I was moved to tears. It was a very inspiring true story.

At the end of his presentation, he shared that before coming to Canada he had a plan (he showed us his very impressive plan). Guess what? Despite all the challenges he went through, he recently hit his first goal in less than five months in Canada. He is a man on a mission. I was very much inspired.

This brings me to the reason why I am sharing Richard's story with you.

You see, the entire training was very good for us (and the trainer was amazing). But hearing Richard's story was something else. I can't stop thinking about it, which leads me to this question: what is your story? What are the three moments of your life that you credit for making you the person  you are today?

If you stop and think about it, you will be amazed how your life can be summed up in a few "events" that led to where you are now;  and when you share your story with someone else, you have no idea how impact full it can be.

My challenge to you is to share your story with somebody and listen to his or hers as well. Not only will you find that you have many things in common with that person, but you will also be an inspiration to him, or her. Richard was my inspiration, and I am glad I was there to listen to him.

Moral of the story? Do you want to have a plan for your life? Just tell your story and you will meet Richard.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman

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