🐝 Fatima G. Williams

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My Long Lost Love ! My path from Teaching to Coaching to Recruitment.

My Long Lost Love !  My path from Teaching to Coaching to Recruitment.The beginning of a journey is the path to
answers for the many questions one has !

The below journey is quite personal to me but I share it with the world to show you what it means to look at life positively !

I begin with my favorite quote:

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.Victor Frankl

I secured a Diploma in Teaching education after high school. (Later on secured a Masters in English Literature)

 I was 8 and decided based on my experiences as a student to teach, as I did not want to be like some teachers in school and also because I wanted to be like some of my awesome and motivational teachers.

My Journey - Challenging, exploring, filled with curiosity, learning, understanding, and implementation of lessons learnt.

While training to be a teacher I've had the opportunity to learn from the presentation sisters of Church Park. Nano Nagle is our patron. Nano" Nagle founded the "Sisters of the Presentation Convent of the Blessed Virgin Mary" in Ireland and is a pioneer of Catholic education in Ireland. She was declared venerable in the Roman Catholic Church on 31 October 2013 by Pope Francis.

Learning with the presentation sisters made me think about walking into their life of service along with teaching as the crux.

I was 17, my Dad had a major stroke due to his high blood pressure and failure to take his BP tablets on a long bus journey during an office trip. They delayed bringing him to the hospital for about 4 hours. This caused some damage and his left side paralyzed. A pause in the lives of my mom, sisters, and Dad. 

 I have to talk about my Dad here this incident paused my teaching career. For the next one year while studying I wrote to my Dad telling him that needed him back on his feet. For his sake, for our sake. That we needed him. I earnestly prayed to mother Mary every night to see him walking again when he comes to see me on the open day. 

And miraculously he did come walking, limping though, with the support of a walking stick. His hand still stubborn, refused to budge in. Mum's taken him to the best physiotherapist centers in the country but in vain. He gave up on exercising. This became his way of life for the next 10 years till he passed. I was busy trying to study and make a career. For the time being, all was well. I taught for one year as a teacher in secondary education. With Dad unable to work anymore providing just moral support, mom's salary wasn't enough to bring food to the table and run the show. Sister's educated, rent paid and things we had to do as regular people along with Dad's medical bills. He didn't have a medical insurance at the time.

As an Anglo-Indian, I was blessed with scholarships and completed my Education with good academic records. There was still books, miscellaneous fees, pocket money and other needs.  

I had to move to a well-paying job to cover the expenses. The most paid jobs during that time - the most famous call centers. With the fire of teaching burning inside I start taking calls assisting customers.

My persistence, usage of skills to increase productivity and ability to influence peers to perform similarly pushed to the leadership role. This convinced my management. 

I found a way to input my teaching skills and keep the passion burning.  

I took the path of supervising, coaching, was promoted as a coach/trainer and a Team Leader. I've witnessed the growth of many entrepreneurs/Managers who are to this day humble to thank me. My Coaching was simply through storytelling. Process training didn't need much time. The storytelling techniques helped increase productivity and process knowledge as well.

Hence my path from Teaching to Coaching and Recruitment.  

Even as an HR/Recruiter I leave my candidate with a lesson, a memory or an experience they can carry on. My Dad was super proud of me for supporting my family. He always told me I was the boy child of the house and had raised me well. Thanks to both my parent's for;

"For through difficulties, I learnt the value of family and relationships. The value of money and the value and character of people with and without money.  

My article on women entrepreneur's prompted me to have a flashback of my calling. I wrote the article in an attempt secure a scholarship that will enable me to study again. Awaiting results!

 As an entrepreneur one will have the option to do all the thing's one once loved and love never dies does it?  

Teaching can be in any form as a Teacher, a Coach, a Leader, a Manager, a Recruiter, a Writer and so on!

To a passion, I should be able to fulfill and the only answer is the journey I've begun. 

I know not where this takes me but I’m happy I'm going to give it a try. 

I implement my love for teaching in every job I'm assigned to. To enable one to realize on their own. To learn from experiences and to live with purpose in life. 

I turned my difficulties into subjects of learning.  A story like many many individuals who've supported their family. 

Find inspiration and ways to get back to your long lost love! Inspire and be Inspired.

My learning from the above journey.

    • Turn your difficulties into subjects of exploration.
    • Turn your explorations to answers that will lead you to what you want to do in life.
    • If you want to save lives but crib you've not studied medicine then your missing the point of what you want to do in life.
    • Add elements of your passion to a given opportunity or the circumstances you are forced into.
    • Input ideas that exhibit your passion in the job you have. 
    • Find satisfaction and love in the job assigned by looking at the bigger picture.
    • Use them as step-stones to get to where you want. And ultimately you will get to where you want to go.  
    • Stay awesome always :)

About me

I am a brand ambassador on beBee, an ardent reader and during my working hours provide HR Recruitment services to many organizations in the GCC. I love life and live to enjoy every single minute given to me. I love to write and do so rarely ( Winks)

Thank you for reading this article. I welcome your comments. I follow some amazing people from whom I draw my inspiration to write. If you find this article very useful or interesting, please share it with other members of your Social networks.

To share to learn" Stay awesome always!


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4 years ago #16

Hi Charlene. What positive energy and love I just experienced from reading this. See this is what made me fall in love with this platform and it's people. I had downloaded your podcast last night to listen to it this morning . So refreshing, bubbly and I already feel like I know you so much. Your interview was inspiring. Everything we go through prepares us for something greater and I love the courage you have to say NO when you have to say NO. And that can;t't be to anything our work clients, partners, friends etc etc That's the biggest hurdle to cross and if we can be the wind that passes through these obstacles we can move in so many directions. I think my favorite Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee had written something about it this morning. I must find time and read it :) Thank you Charlene Norman I am confident but scared not of failures but then don't we have atleast those experiences to learn from and my biggest lessons were from difficulties :)

Charlene Norman

Charlene Norman

4 years ago #15

How I wish we lived a bit closer. Over a glass of wine, I would share my story with you. It is funny. We all have to go through rocky roads of crap in our lives we never ever would have imagined. YET, when we come out the other side, we come out so much stronger, so much more resilient AND so much more at peace. All those lessons we learn are so worth it. And the funny thing is, we wouldn't change a darn thing, would we? I toast your success hon. To you and every other person who has made the decision to put family first and then savoured all the beauty in the so-called second-rate life that never was. High fives. And PS. You will eventually get everything and MORE you ever dreamed of. I promise. I have seen it always come true for those who never had a straight path.

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🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #14


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🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #13

Thank you Chas \u270c\ufe0f Wyatt I just wish we can all get to meet in person someday !

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #12

everyday hero :-)

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #11

Thank you Your work inspires me as well ! Stay awesome :)

David B. Grinberg

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #10

Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational story, Fatima. I wish you all the best and much continued success!

Irene 🐝 Rodriesco

Irene 🐝 Rodriesco

4 years ago #9

For through difficulties I learnt the value of family and relationships. No doubt the great lessons learned come from the difficulties. Thanks for telling us and making us part of your story .

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #8

#6 Thank you for taking the time to read Savvy and Ian. This is a story quite close to my heart ! :)

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🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #7

I agree with you Ken the teachers who studied with me still in contact now sure do live in their own world. And Oh My you were right about the myriad of questions for which a growing mind seeks answers. I still remember how they had me dumbfounded at some of the questions they'd put forward. Eventually I would love to do that. Sit and be amazed at the questions children these days have and learn along with them. Thank you Ken Boddie Someone once said "Everything we go through in this life is preparing us for something bigger." Have an awesome day.

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🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #6

Thank you Deb. These days it's more about evolving through our experiences than just surviving/existing like we were taught to do. The journey is long but the eyes is on the prize. Thanks for all the support.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #5

Thank you Gert Scholtz

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #4

A narrative of transcendence. Thanks for inspiring

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #3

A narrative of transcendence . Thanks for inspiring @Far

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

4 years ago #2

You may think this strange, Fatima, but I'm glad that circumstances prevented you from teaching school children when you were fresh out of schooling. When I think back to my own education, the best teachers and the ones who had most empathy and understanding for the myriad of questions for which a growing mind seeks answers, were those who had experienced life outside the cocoon of the education system and were able to demonstrate life's ups and downs in a world of conflicting passions. I hope that you eventually may return to the classroom, at whichever level of teaching you may choose, better armed with your own set of life examples. Thanks for sharing your great passion for teaching others.

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #1

Excellent post Fatima and well done to you for seeing the learning opportunity in difficulties. My best wishes to you in your future endeavors - which can only be successful with the attitude and insight you have.

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