Real Simple People:Nick Williams
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of interviews highlighting Real Simple People and their simple but happy lives. Today is Nick Williams of The Inspired Entrepreneur.
Nick helps people discover the work they were born to do and how to set up a successful business through his company The Inspired Entreprenuer. Taking the plunge himself to leave an unfulfilling corporate career in IT 20 years ago, Nick has carved out an international reputation as coach, mentor, speaker, and writer. I know all about Nick’s work as he has mentored me in the past.
Q: Nick, welcome indeed to Real Simple People. You help people discover the work they were born to do. How did you first discover that for yourself?
Through being unhappy myself in the work that I did. Selling computers to foreign banks didn’t lift my heart up! I was pondering whether I just had to accept that this is how life was, I had to do work I didn’t enjoy or whether it might be possible to trust and follow that little voice inside me that said, “There is another life for you to lead, you are here to write, be creative, to inspire, to teach and make a difference.”
Q: Are there any key areas people should focus on to uncover their true work?
The three major areas are:
- In what inspires you – the thing that you know you are here to do and you think would thrill and uplift you. The thing often seems too big, exciting and scary. What would inspire you?
- The thing you are most afraid of and spend energy resisting – often what you are here for you spend years procrastinating about, avoiding, talking yourself out of and distracting yourself from. What are you most resisting?
- In your shadow life – this what is what you gravitate towards but never quite do. So you may want to write a book, so you work in Waterstones, surrounded by books, meeting people who also love books, and even meet some authors. But you never write your own book. What talent of yours are you keeping in the shadows?
Q: Where do you feel people are most in need of inspiration these days?
The general media often lacks role models of inspiration in many areas so I think we need inspiration in all areas. But the majority of people have never put the words work and inspiration in the same breath so work and entrepreneurship are areas people are crying out for inspiration.
Q: So what is the biggest block to living a life that someone wants?
Fear is obviously one of the biggest blocks, lack of self belief, and often lack of self worth and around work many people don’t believe they can earn money from doing what they love. Also so many people miss the huge power and value in taking lots of baby steps and the cumulative effective they have.
Q: How do you see work evolving in the next ten or twenty years?
More people are going to be portfolio workers or what I call renaissance souls – they will do more than one thing, have a combination of employment and self employment. Really bright people will create a personal brand around themselves too – know what they are really brilliant at and where they can most contribute and then find the people who want to hire them for that.
Q: How do you feel the world is changing, if at all?
The world is becoming so much more connected and the world is coalescing around passions and interests. There are so many niche markets rather than mass markets. And more people are hungry for authenticity and integrity, and for inspiring leadership.
Q: Is there one life lesson or one piece of wisdom you use regularly to ensure you keep your passion for life intact?
I trust my heart and that small still voice within me and know that I am not alone and there are always greater forces operating. I keep myself growing and evolving and on the threshold of my own life.
Q: In our modern lifestyles where would you say we don’t live simple anymore?
I think we can so easily get caught up in busyness and doing lots, and involved in things like social networking and often forget to have an overriding sense of purpose. There is always temptation to want more and forget to be grateful and to remember that happiness is within us right now, not something to wait for in the future.
Q: And finally, what three personal tips would you give for keeping life real simple?
1. I take quiet time and go within to find peace and happiness
2. Be grateful for what I have and less focused on what I think I don’t have
3. An overriding sense of purpose and a north star that I follow that informs how I live and the choices I make
Thank you Nick for speaking to Real Simple People and for being one!
If you want to discover the work you were born to do you could attend one of Nick’s many live events and workshops with leading experts or download his free nine part e-course. All the details you need to change your working life into one of your dreams plus find a large supply of resources and advice are at The Inspired Entrepreneur. Nick’s latest book, The Business You Were Born To Create, will be out in early 2011.
How did you discover the work you were born to do? What inspired you to make the leap? Nick and I would love to hear from you especially if you need any advice on how to start working for yourself.