As a Mindset and Habits Coach, Michael Pietrzak helps entrepreneurs and professionals overcome challenges and smash their goals, while having a lot of fun along the way. He also runs the writer training company, So You Want to Write? , which helps writers improve their work and publish their books by connecting them with experts. As a freelance writer, he publishes articles about personal development (happiness, health, wealth, etc.) mainly for SUCCESS Magazine. Michael also teaches at Fanshawe College and invests in real estate, but most importantly is a dad to a 13-month-old baby girl.
His personal mission is to use my talents to help unlock the highest potential in others... to help others live their best lives. Why? Because the only way the world improves is to start with individuals—and the world certainly needs improving, big time.
What do you love most about what you do?
"The relationships! In my coaching and writer training work I get to talk all day to exceptional people who are working on meaningful projects and who have incredible stories that the world needs to hear. It doesn't feel like work at all, it just feels like spending time with friends."
How does the work that you do change the world or give back to our community in a positive way?
"In 1-on-1 coaching you get to work with someone for 3 or 6 or 12 months and in that time you see them often start from a default 'emotional home' of fear, anxiety, negativity, and self-doubt that's been built up and caked on over years of living in a very dysfunctional world... but very quickly you start to see subtle shifts in mindset and habits. Clients start to adopt a much more healthy, empowered way of being, which is really our natural state at birth. Then they usually go out and put a dent in the Universe! Did I mention I love this work!?
In my work with writers I get to see people with an incredibly important story idea, and not know what to do with it, learn the skills to write a book then publish it, and the end result is this powerful dose of truth that gets shared with thousands or even millions of other people, whose lives are enriched."
What do you love most about working at Innovation Works that you are looking forward to coming back to?
"I'm happy to be back to IW as of last week! I love getting out of the house and having quiet focused time to work, not to mention a phone booth to make client calls! Unfortunately I joined right around the time COVID hit and haven't made a lot of relationships, but I've had some great conversations (from behind a mask) with the few people who I do see regularly."
What is the best thing that has happened for you or your business as a result of working at Innovation Works?
"I'm a heck of a lot more productive! It's amazing how much easier it is to write an article from a flex desk than from my own home office with a very energetic toddler. Oh, and there was that one time that I was featured on your blog... I'm sure that'll lead to a few new collaborations!"
How have you had to adapt your business as a result of COVID-19?
"Coaching without the in-person connection has been interesting, but the silver lining is that I've gained clients from every part of the US, Australia, India, Thailand, and Abu Dhabi. I was using Zoom frequently before lockdown, so the biggest challenge out of that has really been managing myself. I fail a lot of the time but I'm working on it."
Have you been able to contribute to any community initiatives to help those impacted by COVID-19?
"Sadly, not really. With a new baby, 3 businesses, and teaching, it's been a rather inward-focused last 12 months. I did write an article that was a heartfelt attempt to point out all of the good that's come from this pandemic. It would be a mistake to see any experience as completely negative, including this one."
What do you hope will be different about the world or our community after COVID-19?
"Locally, I hope that the City of London can start to better take care of its at-risk population: homeless, drug users, those with mental health issues. For me, basically all this boils down to is our society acting more like a society and less like a collection of individuals."
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