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  • Syntyche Smith

How I Found Coaching

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

When I found coaching in 2012, my life was radically transformed.


I was on a bus, going back to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver to try to find something I had lost, when I noticed him. A man in his late 70s, early 80s standing nearby, holding on to the yellow metal bar in the crowded bus. I never said a word to him. Never looked him directly in his eyes But while standing beside him in that cramped space, I felt a giant wave of sadness and regret crashing into me. Hopes, dreams, aspirations, wishes, all about to die, as he neared the end of his life. The impression I received from him, inspired the words below that I wrote on that bus ride,


“Most people die unknown, unaccomplished, with unfulfilled dreams, leaving behind unfulfilled promises. Many of us go through life not knowing what we were born to do. We wander aimlessly, without knowing that the earthly things that we seek will not satisfy our cravings for purpose. Life does not have to be this way.”


I went home and Googled “life purpose” and “helping people” and for the first time (well, aside from the movie Hitch), I encountered this thing called coaching that was not related to sports.

On that day, I resolved to find a way to help people to live their dreams, fulfill their purpose, live their destiny and become the best version of themselves. The search led me on a series of serendipitous events, where I met my first real, live, Life and Organizational Coach at a classical piano recital.


Eventually, I experienced the transformative power of coaching myself and went on to be trained and certified as a coach. So far, I’ve supported hundreds of people of all walks of life to create their own radical life transformation. My mission is now to help to make the world a better place, one transformative conversation at a time.


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