We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Shakir and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Right now, more than ever, humanity at large is craving support. Inside a pandemic, we are all being faced at looking at our problems, past trauma, insecurities, and fears as if it were being projected onto a megascreen at an outdoor movie theater. We are having to look at our relationships, our jobs, our career trajectory, our friendships, and everything else in between inside ourselves alone. This is causing severe issues with depression, anxiety, suicide, domestic violence, you name it. It is all rising in the multi-hundred percentiles. What does this mean? It means coaching is so incredibly necessary right now. Especially because it is oftentimes that people are hesitant of seeing a therapist (especially men.) People automatically assume “Is there something wrong with me?” The issue is that people would rather stay stuck then go see a therapist. Coaching, on the other hand, is more inviting and helps people not only look at what they want to change, but gives them the support to get there. Not staying stuck in the rearview mirror trying to fix yesterday, although there is tremendous value in that as well. My business focuses solely on taking people forward, taking them to their dreams, their goals, their purpose while accumulating true internal fulfillment, passion, a renewed sense of energy and joy for their lives. Not only does this reignite them, but it ripples out to their family, their friends, their network, and furthermore their communities. Through online programs, in-person events, group and 1 on 1 coaching, my business allows me to support people on any level in which they are ready to start. The key though is starting. This opportunity to call someone UP into their power, into their light, into the potential that is untapped within, helps them generate a new sense of personal power which is invaluable. In addition, I have just begun mentoring high school kids to help them have the support of a coach from an early age as I have seen so much value in how it’s helped adults and clients from every age, religion, color or industry. Starting to support younger men specifically has given me an even more deeper sense of fulfillment in service to humanity at large. This is what is possible when we support others, when we hold them accountable to their dreams and goals, and furthermore give them the awareness that they can create anything they truly desire, no matter what is happening outside in our world.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is all about supporting others in becoming the most authentic and actualized version of who they are so they can achieve any and all possibilities in their lives and businesses, as well as in relationships. I have never had it easy. I was injected with Grit ever since I could remember as a young kid. I didn’t come from much, so I learned at a very early age to be self-reliant, and that if I wanted to get something, I had to go after it myself. There were no handouts, no free tickets, no golden Willy Wonka chocolate bar giveaways. I had to hustle. I started my first business at 10 years old shoveling snow and raking leaves for the elderly community in our neighborhood. From then, I had the spark in me to not only make money for myself but also to support others in the process. Through high school and college I have always had a business and overtime my resilience grew and grew. When someone told me I couldn’t do something, I went after it relentlessly to prove them wrong and prove myself right. This really has embedded its way into my genes over time. The biggest thing that I have uncovered is I have a deep desire to change the world, on my own terms. This has costed me jobs and opportunities in the past in my corporate career, but as an entrepreneur it is my sole gift. The one that allows me to create unique opportunities, experiences, and serve my clients in the world at large in a way not done before. My mission is IMPACT. That comes first. Before anything else, I am here in this lifetime to serve as many people as possible in helping them actualize as much potential and possibilities as they can imagine. That is what sets me apart. That is my mission.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Top places include Blue Sparrow or Crema Coffeehouse for coffee. Uchi for sushi without a doubt. RiNo for inspiration as you walk the streets and observe the beautiful graffiti art. Denver Central Market for a cool hangout and great spot for lunch. True Food kitchen in Cherry Creek for awesome healthy lunch or dinner. Finally, Pilgrim for a very cool dinner spot with American fusion style boutique dining. That would be a great start. Of course, with more time, head to the mountains to experience the best of Colorado. Golden has Bonfire Burritos for amazing breakfast burritos. Another favorite.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Morgan Garza – She has been a friend and powerhouse entrepreneur for years now and has taught me so much about how important it is for us to understand and learn the spiritual practices so we can have more ease, flow, and in turn success in our lives, relationships, and businesses. She’s the author of the book, Soul Magic and continues to inspire her community at large.
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