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Finding Who You Are with Sam Thiara

Ep. 121

Leadership is not a place to be, but it is a lifestyle. We do not determine if we are a leader, but the people around us will


Today I spoke with the Founder and chief motivating officer at Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting, Sam Thiara. He is a professional who has created a personal journey as a coach, speaker, storyteller, writer, workshop facilitator, educator, and entrepreneur.  His goal is to engage individuals in their personal and professional development. His work is reflected in the hundreds of individuals he has mentored and the thousands he has engaged. 

Let’s dive into this episode and learn more about his inspiring life journey. 


Things you will learn in this episode:

[00:01 - 07:59] Opening Segment 

  • I introduce my guest, Sam Thiara, to the show
  • Sam talks about his current focus in life
  • Applied lecturer, mentor, author, coach, etc.
  • Five critical things in his life
  • Community Do-Gooder 
  • Sam shares his background and how he cultivated his mindset.
  • He shares his awakening experience.
  • Took the leap in life
  • Sam talks about the turning point and a significant shift in his life.
  • Instead of asking what do I do, ask yourself, ‘ who am I?’

[08:00 - 17:59] Finding Who You Are

  • Sam talks about five core element piece 
  • Servant leadership
  • Story sharing
  • Activator igniter
  • Champion enabler 
  • Community Do-Gooder 
  • When you start to focus on who you are, not what you will do, everything will start to fall into place.
  • Just keep asking ‘Why’ to find who you are
  • Ask questions of yourself, to find your pathway
  • By asking others of themself, it will help them to find their pathway.
  • Listen to the voice within
  • Why is it matters, and where is it going to take you
  • Take control of your uncertainty
  • It will help you to get where you need to go.
  • Find the right people to support you and are not going to let you fall.
  • Sam talks about the comfort and uncertainty he got from his first job.
  • Having the sense that you are going to be okay when you take the leap.
  • Sam talked about the book he just wrote, “Lost and Found: Seeking the Past and Finding Myself.”
  • Dealing with what is happening now
  • There are not guaranteed in life 

[18:00 - 29: 28] The Hour Glass Analogy

  • Sam talks about the hourglass analogy that he wrote 
  • Looking at your goal and how do you want to deal with it
  • Building a resilience
  • How to help people to shift their mind 
  • Listening to what they have to say
  • Repurposing it and focus on a different way
  • Concept of ‘CARE’
  • Collaboration, Resilience, Adaptability, and Empathy
  • How to apply the idea of CARE
  • It is not one size fits all; therefore, we need to have more conversations with each other
  • Storytelling is such a powerful tool
  • Taking baby steps is crucial as it will grow into larger opportunities that we shouldn’t be afraid to do
  • Sam talks about working with ego 
  • Park your ego at the door and then walk into the conversation
  • Be authentic and genuine 
  • Leadership is not a place to be, but it is a lifestyle
  • We do not determine if we are a leader, but the people around us will 
  • Sam talks about the rule of 15, 70, 15 spectrum
  • 15% will say that you don’t know what you are talking about
  • 15% will say that it’s exactly what they need to hear
  • 70%  will say that there are some good points 
  • Instead of trying to change the world through your eyes, try to change the world through the eyes of the people that you help 

[29:30 - 35:17] The FOCUS FIVE Segment

  • What book have you gifted most often? 
  • Lost and Found: Seeking the Past and Finding Myself by Sam Thiara
  • The Storyteller’s Secret by Carmine Gallo
  • If you can get an hour of somebody's time and ask questions, who would that be and why?
  • Nelson Mandella
  • To understand persistence and resilience 
  • What is one thing you believe that most people would disagree with you:
  • You don’t necessarily have to have goals.
  • Open up to opportunities that align with your core values.
  • Morning routine; How do you start your day?
  • Get up really early 
  • Write a letter to somebody and send it off.
  •  What is the best place we can connect with you online?
  • See below for social links.
  • Everyones’ life is an autobiography; make it worth reading 
  • Final words from me


Tweetable Quotes: 

“ Leadership is not a place to be, but it is a lifestyle. We do not determine if we are a leader but the people around us that will .”  - Sam Thiara.

“When you start to focus on who you are, not what you are going to do, everything will start to fall into place .”  - Sam Thiara.

“Everyones’ life is an autobiography, make it worth reading about.”  - Sam Thiara.


Resources mentioned in the episode:


You can connect with Sam on Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook. or visit his website at www.sam-thiara.com/ 


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