I told my parents the last thing any parent would want to hear from their children.
At 18, I loved working with kids, so I became a teacher.
My father worked in a factory and construction. My mother was a housewife.
Can you imagine how proud they were at my graduation?
Until I told them I wanted to be a clown!
That’s not the thing parents want to hear from their children.
I had this burning desire, this passion, this urge, this dream to make people laugh.
Pursuing this dream meant I had to overcome massive obstacles without any support from my parents or most of my friends. I had no money, no certifications, no idea how to become a clown, no clients, no business. There was only passion.
It took me almost ten years to get there.
But I did it.
I became a professional clown and did this for 20 years.
During my clowning days, I got the opportunity to become a hospital clown. I often visited children who were facing certain death.
For this work, I needed more than a pair of big shoes and a red nose. I needed again to overcome many obstacles.
And I took them one by one.
I still see parents who thank me. My visit was the last time they saw their child laugh.
I take great pride in overcoming these obstacles and persevering to follow my dream and passion.
If I had not followed through, these parents wouldn’t have that last image of their dying child laughing. It is without a doubt the most valuable gift you can give these parents at that moment.
By following my dream, I made an enormous difference.
I did it by following my passion and doing what I loved doing most.
The most important lesson I took away was staying authentic and always be myself.
I needed to be a leader in convincing people a clown would make a life-changing difference.
In their grief, the value of a clown is the second rate. Hospital staff gave in when parents said: ‘We have other things on our minds now.
That’s when you learn not to assume anything and stop judging. It took great courage and leadership to be able to visit these dying children!
When I ended my career as a clown, I had the desire to share all my learnings.
I wanted to make a difference.
Again I needed to take the same obstacles to pursue my new passion: coaching. No money, no certifications, no clients, no business, no idea how to become a coach and no support. (coaching is still not taken seriously here)
I took all the obstacles again and became a coach.
This time it didn’t take me that long. I knew now what I needed to do, and I will share this experience and knowledge with anyone who wants to do what they love.