“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by ist ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
My Story: Why I work as a Coach
“I understood that I loved working with people the moment I started exploring their values and beliefs, and when I told their stories as a photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker.”
During the last ten years, two things have been ever present in whatever work I was involved in – my overwhelming desire to make a difference, and the wish to be in the game with the best of the best. Performing at the highest level was the only way for me and I began to pursue this path in my mid-thirties, leaving the corporate world behind. I founded my film and photography production company and felt ready to take on the world. I achieved extraordinary results until, after a few years, I plummeted from being an award-winning documentary film director, (who, despite having no formal training could bring a feature film to the big screen), to someone who felt miserable, insecure, and unable to support his family.
“Feeling like I was a failure was the best thing that could have happened to me.”
The independent theatrical documentary, Out of the Darkness, I produced and directed, that won 16 international festival awards and played to cheering theatre audiences, was now forgotten. How was it possible that the same person, who could achieve such extraordinary results, had sunk so low and felt so miserable? At the time it felt like the end of the road but deep inside, something told me that this was just a test, and that I had a greater purpose. So, I refused to give up and began questioning everything I did. And this is when my journey of self development propelled me forward very rapidly. Without having been in that “dark place”, I wouldn’t be a Coach today.
Coaching and Self-Development
Coaching and self-development have always been an important part of my career, whatever the role or project I found myself a part of. And when I realized that what I had learned could make a huge impact on the lives of others, my decision to grow in that direction and become a professional coach felt as a natural next step. The coaching relationship brings out the best in my clients’ private and professional lives. The results they achieve are tangible, measurable, and transforming. The impact that they have on themselves and the lives of people around them is deeply fulfilling and a great inspiration to me.
Photography & Film-making
Photography and film-making have played fundamental roles in my development. Besides producing the independent documentary “Out of the Darkness”, I have worked on different projects for renowned organizations whose aim is for positive change in the world. Among them is the largest and most successful cleft charity in the world; Smile Train, for whom my photography is an integral part of their fundraising efforts.
The Founding of Charicomm. Authentic Impact.
In 2016, after eight years of working in the field of storytelling, I founded Charicomm, a Holistic Marketing and Communication Agency with a bold mission: generating Authentic Impact for a better world. At Charicomm we empower companies and NGOs that share our commitment to the progress of humanity and the preservation of our planet. At Charicomm, we have the privilege of working with influential sustainable businesses and organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Science and Research have played a very important role in my career, and I studied and worked in the scientific world for nearly 20 years. Not only had I the pleasure and honour of working with world-class researchers but I also researched the properties of matter on a very small scale while developing my skills across disciplines, conducting experiments at the interface of chemistry and physics. The scientific approach, the ability to solve problems, and the capacity to think outside the box are qualities that I now find extremely useful in my coaching practice.