An entrepreneur making a life difference for young people
July 14, 2015
Getting started in business can be a daunting prospect but when you have a passion for something then you try that little bit harder. That was the case with Nelsa Simmonds who, after more than a decade of searching for the right career decided that what she actually knew a lot about was giving advice to others on what they should be doing. Nelsa also had a series of personal experiences that led her down the path of becoming a life coach and that’s exactly the new business service she has launched into.
“I had spent time mentoring and coaching over a few years and noticed a pattern of people not living fulfilled lives, getting into ruts and not knowing how to get their lives back on track, instead they were causing harm to themselves and others around them. I researched and could see that people were hating who they were becoming and they had spent a lot of time and money getting there!” says Nelsa
Of course the need for life coaching is being increasingly recognised as not just a tool for those already in a career or in business. The New Zealand Government launched a trial for unemployed youth where they would need to attend life coaching sessions to receive a youth allowance. The sessions teach them skills ranging from basic budgeting to shared accommodation and interviewing for jobs. Indeed the Prime Ministers Youth Programme in New Zealand has been designed to help young people make life changing choices.
Business executive Lidija Pecov told us that life coaching has been instrumental in her world “I think Nelsa is onto something because people mistaken life coaching to be all just about career development. It’s not because it’s all about making choices and empowering people like me to have the courage to make decisions and choices.”
So, what is the business called that Nelsa has launched into? “This is who I am” and it came about, as most things do, by a spark of an idea: “I was piloting and researching for THIS IS WHO I AM, we won best business idea at the CRE8 CONFERENCE in Sydney, with highest votes from the people, the sponsors and the judges.” Says Nelsa.
We asked Nelsa what “This is who I am” does and provide: “THIS IS WHO I AM is a CREATIVE, INTERACTIVE Life Coaching PROGRAM that we wrote with you in mind. THIS IS WHO I AM is designed to see what Values, Talents and Abilities lie within you, waiting to be recognised. We know that you have dreams and ideas that are needing to be explored. The business has been developed to suit your individual needs. We faciliate workshops and groups, or one on one, family groups, friends, business training. We validate the journey you have been on so far, with arty photoshoots, brainstorming and Individual Personalised Programs for mentoring and coaching and working on projects together.
Starting up hasn’t come without its challenges says Nelsa “My biggest challenge has been believing in myself, having to deal with the doubts in my own mind, that I could do it.” but that all pales into comparison when you know that the one thing she wants to get done by years end is “To be fully established and operational”
To date Nelsa’s greatest success has to be pretty inspiring in itself: “To be fully established and operational” and if you think that her greatest inspiration comes from the usual suspects such as Richard Branson or Bill Gates then you are sorely mistaken:
“The cleaners in the big shopping malls. I am one of those people who always want others to know that they are making a difference. The people who look down on the cleaners inspire me too, Inspire me to continue to make a difference in the world for everyone.”
This story has been bought to you thanks to PwC, Allen’s Linklaters, the Maori Business Network, 107 Projects and entrehub.og and is part of our celebrations for NAIDOC 2015 and women in business
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