Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Ryan Coelho, who turned a moment in his life where he’d reached rock bottom into a successful, fulfilling career. We caught up with him to find out how he turned his fortunes and what advice he would share with other young professionals…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I am passionate about human performance and help individuals gain control of their minds and emotions in an effort to help them perform better in their life and careers.
I also consult organizations on how to properly engage their Millennial employees and am a professional MC currently leading a performance for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
In 2011 my life was falling apart. It had been three years since I graduated university in Aerospace Engineering, and after giving up numerous jobs at that time to discover my passion, I wasn’t having any luck finding out what that ‘passion’ was.
Feeling as though I hit rock bottom, I decided to take a personal development course off the recommendation of someone. I was sceptical to say the least, but figured I had nothing to lose.
And oh boy, was I right.
I gained a ton of insight into life from the course and it propelled me in a direction I had never really explored fully before. I became extremely fascinated by the mind and how it influences us in our lives. From reading books to watching countless YouTube videos on the topic, I literally spent my days and evenings rationalizing how life worked. I began to see how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours all stemmed from our mind, and how we were, and always are, in total control of what they were.
Armed with my engineering background, I began to logically stitch together knowledge that many people considered ‘fluffy’, and although it was a tough journey, today I professional speak and coach people on how their mind works and how they can use it to work in their favour at all times.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The most profound feeling is seeing someone who has always viewed life a certain way begin to see it in a new way. I’ve had the fortune of helping people change their perspective on a traumatic situation in their lives to one that they perceived as one of their greatest blessings.
Seeing such drastic shifts in beliefs and perspectives and how those changes influence the person’s future never seizes to give me chills. I will always remember the times I began to see the world in a new way and to there’s no better feeling than being able to help others do the same.
The most challenging part is that often times seeing things in a self-reflective way can be very tough. The essence of all personal development revolves around taking full responsibility for your circumstances, and many times this can be a very daunting reality to accept.
What is one sign that you’ve seen over the years to suggest that your work/life balance is off?
Being someone that studies the mind so much, I’ve had the privilege of really keeping my work/life balance in check overall. I follow one basic rule that serves me well: “Follow your excitement…always”. I’ve only found that the one thing that throws my work/life balance off is when I experience fear in following this rule (i.e. when I’m scared of following my excitement).
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself as a ‘notable’ professional speaker on the topic of human performance and millennial engagement. I will be travelling the world to share what I’ve learned and experienced over the past 10 years. For fun, I will try new experiences with people I care about and MC/host music festivals and TV shows.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
When I first started as an entrepreneur I really didn’t believe in myself. Success was always based on others’ opinions of me. This was very unhealthy since when I was being complimented and recognized I was on a major high, but then when I wasn’t I would fall in to deep lows.
As soon as I realized that thanks to our ability to CHOOSE our perspectives, I don’t have to rely on others for my self-worth, I had every ounce of power to validate myself. Upon that realization I began to constantly flood my mind with affirmations and reasons as to why I was successful already and why I was awesome regardless of other’s opinions of me. As I did this I really started to believe in myself and in effect people really started to believe in me. They knew I wasn’t trying to ‘impress them’ and was focused on delivering results based on my expertise.
My advice to all the readers is to do whatever it takes to believe in yourself. To choose your beliefs based on your excitement, not because others told you to. To make decision based on what you feel to be right, not what is proven to be right. To always remember we live in a world filled with an infinite amount of perspectives, and your life is always dictated by the ones you choose to believe in.
What does success look like to you? Does Money = Happiness?
Success to me is living consistently in a state of joy and excitement. Constantly seeing things in a positive and fulfilling way. Giving off energy that you would love to receive in return.
From my perspective, happiness is a choice – not an outcome. At any moment you can choose a perspective on your life/circumstances that allow you to be happy. That said, happiness is independent of money. Money can definitely add to happiness but is not a necessary factor in happiness existing.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
My career has been filled with so many moments that are memorable and meaningful, but the coolest so far had to be getting a standing ovation during a talk to 1000+ student leaders at Queen’s University. It was my first time presenting to such a large audience and the ovation was very unexpected. It meant a lot to see it happen, especially since it was early on in my career where I was still trying to build my confidence.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Never look for validation from others, but instead learn to validate yourself. Self-confidence is what allows me to grow and excel in my career and the more you remain a victim to other people’s
opinions, the less you will succeed. A great exercise you can do is grab a sheet of paper, write down “I am valuable because…” and reason out that statement. Any time a thought of a situation that makes you feel less valuable pops up, try to shift your perspective so you can see how that situation actually made you more valuable. Again, everything is perspective, and perspective is within your full control at all times.
Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
I love grabbing a coffee from the Second Cup at Yonge and St. Clair and doing my work there. When it comes to wining and dining, I like to explore new places. Union Social is definitely one of my favourites for their food and Scallywags for their rooftop patio.
When you’re not working how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
I love watching movies, especially superhero ones. I can also lose myself in listening to videos about personal development, law of attraction, manifestation, and any other topics related to human potential and growth.
Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
I went to Fiji a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. I officially want to buy an island there!
If you had to choose a theme song, what would it be?
The Man – Aloe Blacc
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
I’d love what I do so much, if I weren’t doing it I’d have to be dead.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I’m always interested in learning about any charities that promote self-empowerment and providing personal development.
What to you is notable?
People who can control their mind and emotions.
Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
Android phone, Mac laptops.