"Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. For things to change, you have to change." - Jim Rohn
These are powerful words that resonate deeply with me. For the 25 years that I have been working professionally, I have achieved a great deal of success, seen a lot of this world, interacted with numerous cultures and made a very comfortable living for myself and my family. But I always believed that there was more to life than this. Ever since I can remember, from early days at school, through to University and so on, I’ve been a ‘go to’ person for a lot of my friends and colleagues, when they needed someone to talk to, and I’m not talking about a shoulder to cry on, I mean someone whom they trusted and was able to offer sound advice. I have helped people through all sorts of different challenges in life and career. More often than not, I would be complimented for the advice given and the difference that I had made in their life. That difference, was change.
These experiences and interactions, progressively lead me to believe that perhaps this was what I was meant to do. I have enjoyed everything that I have done in my career, but I never loved it, and I believe that if you can find what you love and do it professionally, then you have the best chance of achieving real fulfilment and happiness.
I decided to make the change from making a living by being good at something, and transforming my life by doing something that I love: coaching. I found myself the best (and highest paid) coach in the UK, I told him my story and confirmed that I want to transform my life and become a professional coach. We worked together very closely and with his help, I achieved that which I desired. The rest, as they say, is history. To say that I took to coaching like a fish to water, is an understatement. I felt totally at ease, no apprehension, no insecurity and with an amazing sense of wellbeing and familiarity, as if I had been doing this all my life. In many respects, I had.
Some other things you might like to know about me: I am of Persian descent, grew up in London, graduated from University College London, and married with two children. I have worked in both the pharmaceutical and oil industries. In 2004 I moved to Dubai where I lived and worked until 2018, before moving back home to the UK. I love cars, Formula 1, travelling and fine dining. I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, hosting parties, espressos, and being an eternal student, striving to discover and learn about something new in the world. The nicer things in life put a smile on my face and I have often been told that I am a ‘bon viveur’, which I believe to be true. To top it off, I get a huge buzz out of working with charities and giving my time and money to worthwhile causes. By applying changes to my life, I have been able to create the life that I want.