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10 questions with Terry Sidhu

Life Coach and Founder of VanCity Life Coach Inc., Terry Sidhu is on a mission to "help evolve the human experience." Terry's intention is to teach and inspire independent mental health management and break people free from a cycle of misery and self-neglect. Utilizing his education in Marketing and Psychology, paired with his childhood education in Meditation, Terry's multidisciplinary approach has put him in high demand for his personal development services. His techniques and programs are designed to help his clients develop the awareness and clarity they need, in order to build their lives into fulfillment. Terry believes that raising awareness is the key to tackling mental health and recognizing one's own value. From life planning through to meditation instruction, he provides the tools to help his clients accept themselves and realize what they're truly capable of.

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THE TOPIC YOUR SPEAK ABOUT?

Honestly, because I find the topic of mental health incredibly simple and I believe everyone has the right to live happy and healthy lives. We're not robots, yet somehow, we're taught to operate like them, I suppose you could say I got sick of the status quo too. Personally, if a skinny brown kid from the middle of England, raised in a very working-class environment can figure all this "life stuff" out, then anyone can.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AS AN EXPERT, SPEAKER, COACH, STUDENT, HUMAN BEING, AND WHY?

"When you don't know what to do, do nothing." So many wise women in my life have shared this with me and its really great advice! Especially with the rise of the digital age and social media, whereby we are presented with an abundance of narratives and as a result, feel pressured to constantly perform, be productive or to be doing something - it's information overload! Doing nothing is essentially a form of meditation, just exist and be, and eventually you'll learn what it is you want and need to do, instead of battling what you feel you should be doing based on the performance of your peers for instance.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?

This is a tough question. I work in the field of mental health, so I'm very aware that not everyone is exactly as they appear. However, I have great admiration for groups and individuals that are fighting for a better and more equal world. Khalsa Aid, The Women's March, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, the leaders and organizers of these movements and movements alike inspire me to be a better person, and I think in terms of admiration, I'm sending mine that way.

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUT REDERS TO UPLIFT THEM IN LIFE AND CAREER?

Before making any decision, take a moment to assess the impact on your health/mental health first. Always ask yourself: "Is this good for my physical and mental well-being?" if it's not, then there's no point heading down that route. Be wise though, it's never as black and white as it seems. Entrepreneurship for example, it isn't exactly the easiest route, and yes it has caused me stress many times, but, it's proved to be much better for my overall well-being than working to fill someone else's pockets. Always assess your health and well-being carefully before committing to anything, and you'll notice how much happier you are as a result. Even in yoga they say listen to your body first, then your teacher.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND HOW DID IT INSPIRE YOU?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. That book gives me strength and makes me realize my privilege during times of despair.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX? 

Netflix and ice-cream when I've had a tough week! Otherwise listening to my music and dancing solo in my living room. The liberation I feel is so blissful!

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS A SPEAKER, EXPERT OR COACH, OR STUDENT, AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THOSE?

Truthfully, prejudice. I'm younger and browner than most life coaches in the industry, and despite my accolades, this challenge is a constant battle I have to face. Luckily, my parents prepared me well for the illnesses of the modern world, so I own it. I talk about it, I encourage the conversation whenever and wherever I can, and channel all the negative emotion into a positive solution. I keep pictures of my nieces and nephews in my office, I allow the energy of those who look up to me to hold me up.

LEADERSHIP IS....

…awareness in action.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT ADDS TO YOUR SUCCESS?

I meditate. It helps me organize my thoughts and mindfully prepare my day.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY OR PRODUCT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?

Presently, my phone. It's how I connect with my parents back in England, and how they reach me. They are getting older and my life is getting faster so any moment I have to share the experience, I do. They inspire me a lot, and it's nice to have a technology that enables me to connect with them in an instant.

CONNECT WITH TERRY:

View Terry’s courses on Ingomu:
Meditation Mastery
Dream Life Design: Comprehensive Life Planning and Mental Health Management

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