With a heavy heart and still much disbelief, I am letting you know that my co-author, Richard Israel has died. He has been battling colon cancer for 2 years and chose a quality of life provided by hospice for his last two months.
About 2 weeks before he died I was able to spend a wonderful day with him and his family, he was in fine spirits, telling stories as he always did. We were also able to have one of those very meaningful conversations to share, to ask, to say and to wrap up all those things you want / need / wish to. He said it was a gift to know an approximate ‘end’ date as it allowed him to complete his business here. Richard taught me so very much and was such an inspiration and unwavering support over 34 years.
Our ‘baby’ is born!
In typical form he was writing a book during his last days, it was with Mind Chi Mentor, Donna Kim-Brand, the topic is using your natural energies and what he learned from dealing with his cancer. I will inform you when it is available.
What are the lessons that I learned from Richard that I hold most dear?
1. Tell stories – make them big, expressive and funny.
2. Make sure you play every day.
3. Make time to listen and support the ones you love.
4. Even seemingly ‘crazy’ ideas can make sense if you wait a while!
5. Be sure to drink your tea in a ‘tinkling tea cup’.
6. Find synonyms for the word ‘give’.
7. Be authentic and abundant and the most recent lesson
8. Say those important things you want to say while they are alive.
Thank you, my very dear friend, you will live long in happy memories.
Nick Smith MSc set up The Achievement Coach in 2009 after a period of intensive study and practical experience to gain greater insight and understanding of this specialist field.
Passionate about the benefits of coaching, Nick believes individuals have the power to achieve great things with the right motivation and self-belief. Constantly exploring new methodologies he is also an accredited practitioner of the Emotional Capital Report (ECR), a worldwide programme that recognises emotional intelligence as a vital element in business and leadership development.
In his own life, Nick aims to achieve a good work/life balance, something to which many of his clients also aspire. He spends quality time with his family, enjoys Nordic Walking and as a member of Toastmasters International continues to develop his skills as a public speaker.
He particularly enjoys his voluntary role as a business mentor with the Prince’s Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable young people move into work, education and training.
Nick’s belief that we are all unique, has ensured he has the right tools and knowledge to help every person he works with to achieve what they want. Nick has been enthusiastically studying, researching and practicing Mind Chi and is amazed at the personal results of everyone he has worked with, using Mind Chi. ‘My own ongoing experience with Mind Chi is one of wonderment at the way I now perceive what is possible, my improved mental energy and the gratitude with which I now enjoy every day of my life.’ To learn more about Nick go to: www.theachievementcoach.co.uk