Co-Creating “Impossible Visions”

Don Hutcheson and I have a conversation about using my talents and doing what I love.

Podcast Notes

Simon had an early academic career that was anything but stellar. One Headmaster said he was a bit of a waste of space. But when an admissions counsellor saw his potential, it was absolutely fundamental to how his life shaped up after that. Seeing potential in others is the driving force of his life today.

Simon Crowe has been taking leaders on life-changing adventures into their heart and soul for nearly 15 years, helping them connect with their deepest purpose. His passion is co-creating partnerships with entrepreneurs, artists and humanitarians and building seemingly impossible visions that impact the world in positive ways. He has a deep commitment to liberating the energy of the heart in leadership. He believes in the power of service for transformational personal growth. In March 2018 he is leading his 5th leadership adventure to West Africa, taking a team of people who want to grow as leaders and to better understand the link between service and leadership.

How Did You Start Using Your Talents?

After dropping out of school at age 16, “I went for an interview at what was called a further education college quite near where I was brought up in the Midlands in the United Kingdom. Even though I didn’t have the qualifications to get in, the man who interviewed offered me a place on a program. It was absolutely fundamental to how my life shaped up after that. Every summer, from when I was 18, I worked for a holiday company, traveling around Europe. By the age of 19 or 20, I had worked in seven different countries, and I was getting to see a lot of the world.”

The Most Impactful Turning Point?

Simon found a niche teaching English as a foreign language, opening the door to living six years in Italy. Along the way, he found his greatest pleasure in teaching one-on-one, but as he advanced in his career, his hands-on teaching decreased, along with his job satisfaction. He became disillusioned and questioned whether he had anything of value to contribute. Then, he connected with a coach through his workplace. “I worked with a coach for about three months. I went from being in a difficult place to having a new job, in a much more dynamic, small organization, where I could have a bigger impact.” Step by step, he earned coaching credentials and went out on his own.

The Most Powerful Lesson Learned?

“People often make the mistake of trying to create a future from the past. To create a new future you have to create a new present. That requires reflection and developing self-awareness. It’s about getting some feedback, and a perspective on how you might be able to do things differently. Start by looking at what’s working and what’s not working. Then have the courage to step forward and embrace your strengths.”

On His Bookshelf

Steps to Success from Simon Crowe

1. Accept responsibility that you are the person in charge of creating your life. You are not just a victim of circumstances.

2. Honestly look at what’s working for you and what isn’t. Embrace your strengths.

3. Start to think about a different way you can BE, not just different things you can DO. Think about your energy, your thoughts and emotions to increase your self-awareness.

4. Find ways to be of service to others. There is transformative power in service, both for you and your world.

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I have learnt to recognise opportunities to step beyond my comfort zone in the pursuit of things that bring me true fulfilment – it was a small tweak that has ended up making a significant difference. We now speak on a regular basis and Simon has become the voice which says “you can do this”.

Keith Banwaitt