Wearing the mandatory suit, Jacob Galea’s appearance is misleading. Under his calm exterior he is poised for action, working with some of the country’s most brilliant minds.
A karate black belt champion and tai chi exponent, his brand is a mix of Zen leadership mind coaching and inner human transformation, coupled with his unshakeable belief in the human spirit.
He understands the power of the mind and utilises his skills as a martial arts expert to bring discipline, focus and clarity to the minds of corporate leaders. He brings calm and clarity to stressed executives burdened by deadlines and overloaded schedules.
“I create leaders for the 21st century from the inside,” he explains.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Jacob Galea runs his corporate warrior business with his own unique flavour using hypnotherapy, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Emotional Intelligence.
His ability to identify and implement creative business strategies and his personal commitment to that process is a trademark of this inspirational entrepreneur. As a boardroom advisor and personal lifestyle coach, Jacob builds individuals, teams and organisations as “unstoppable “corporate warriors.
As part of his media profile he has been featured in BRW, Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday Telegraph, Good Weekend, Body and Soul, Mix 106.5FM radio, MX magazine and Blitz magazine as well writing a monthly column in Ultra Fit magazine.
Jacob Galea’s personal charisma and passion for building tomorrow’s leaders has now provided him with a platform for the world stage.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Find a way.
Always make it happen. Whenever people say something can’t be done – find a way.
Also; Training Corporate Warriors. These 3 words are the foundation of my business!
What is your life motto? Tap into the power of the mind. Tap into the limitless potential within you, if you don’t go within, you go without.
When did you start pursuing your career and how long did it take to become successful? I don’t think you ever become successful. Success is just a word. I think that I’ve been on a journey, rather than a career since I was 5 years old. To me, to have become successful would mean that you would have had to arrive somewhere and say you’ve made it somewhere and now I’m successful. I don’t believe in that. I believe that every day that you wake up and you live your dreams and passions, you are successful. I don’t look at success as a destination; I look at success as a mindset. For me, success is your ability to be the person in this life you were meant to be, not a destination.
How much time and effort did you dedicate to pursuing your dream? What you put in is what you get out. I’ve put everything into it – every last breath, every thing within me goes into pursuing my dream. I don’t work a job. I don’t get up in the morning and look at what I do as a job. It’s a calling; it’s a mission. So when you have the pleasure of waking up in the morning and opening your eyes and being in a position where you get to change people’s lives and their business to be the best, that’s your ultimate calling; your ultimate destination. I believe the only thing that stands in the way of people’s success is themselves. My role is to help people get out of their own way.
What are the challenges in your line of work? The biggest challenges are people who are not willing to change and not willing to explore new things and tap into areas within them that they don’t know about. The biggest challenge is getting them to understand things that aren’t logical. The things I teach, coach and mentor people on are things you can’t feel or touch. You can’t feel your thoughts; you can’t touch a visualisation so it’s challenging to get some of them who are very analytical to play in a creative space. Those people can make life a bit of challenge, but I love the word challenge because every challenge helps you to become better. So if I didn’t have those challenging people, how could I be the best at what I do? So when you say ‘challenges’ that excites me, because the more challenges I get the more I find a way to break through a barrier or belief to make it happen.
What is the mistake that taught you an extremely valuable lesson? Every mistake is a lesson in disguise. We all have mistakes, but I don’t view my mistakes as mistakes. I view my mistakes as learning’s. So if you are asking me what learning’s have I gone through to help me to get to where I am… One of the most important learning’s is to never underestimate the power of people when dealing with people and in today’s world, it is very virtual and we are losing the art of connecting with people. One of the mistakes or learning’s is that people need to realise emails don’t sign contacts, people do. A lesson in life is to never make a mistake around not learning about people and be the best people’s person you can. Life is about learning about the art of people and being the best communicator on the planet.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given to date?
Those who say don’t know; those who know don’t say – Robert De Niro.
We have two ears and one mouth – so you are meant to listen twice as much as you speak. Be present in the moment when you listen and when you speak, don’t say too much, speak with power and execute with class.
In your mind, is formal training essential? All training is essential whether it’s formal or informal. Some people choose a journey where their training might be the ‘Street of Hard knocks’ – other people choose universities. You look at any athlete, he has to train to compete in the game, I have a business called Training Corporate Warriors, so I have to train people to become the best they can.
It doesn’t matter what training you choose, it matters what you dedicate to your craft. If you’re in your present moment, let the training find you, don’t go and seek it.
People say to me, “Jacob you’ve done your Emotional Intelligence, you’ve studied NLP, you’ve studied the mind – what’s next for you?” When I say to them the next training for me is that I’m going to go to America and spend a month with an American Indian on the land of America, for me that’s more formal training than university; to learn things that most people can’t teach you.
Training can come in many forms or ways. Everyday when I’m in a coaching session, I’m learning as the facilitator. I like to think of training as something you do from the day you are born to the day you die, you are constantly training everyday. The question is: What are you training for? And just train to be you. I didn’t choose this career it chose me. It’s a calling. I didn’t choose to be an inspirational speaker, mentor, business advisor – it chose me. So when you are in the right position in life and in yourself the training picks you.
Do you think having a mentor is important? How would you go about getting one for this industry? Having a mentor is important. Having a team of mentors is even more important. A mentor is a sounding board, a person of influence who you connect with, who cares about you and will give you an unemotional viewpoint on where you are at with your life or business or whatever you want a mentor for. I think in the old days people used to have a mentor and it was really good to have a mentor, my vision is that people have teams of mentors –Who you spend time with is who you become. Invest in 7 mentors, meet them once a month and buy them dinner and have a meeting of the minds. For those who have 1 mentor, I say great go find another 9 because the power of 10 has more power than 1.
What are some steps those starting out can take to start/further their career? I get asked this a lot and my answer is always the same.
- Know what you are passionate about. If you do what you love the money will come.Too many people are working dead end jobs and working a life doing what they hate. The first thing is to identify what do I love to do and why do I love to do it. If I had 10million dollars in the bank tomorrow, what would I get up to do? That’s what you should be doing.
- Get a mentor on board who can help you get there, quicker-faster-smarter.
- Connect within. You can’t get to where you want to get to by just living a physical world, you’ve got to live an internal, mental, spiritual world as well and connect with your higher source. No matter what religion someone is, no matter what their beliefs are or what colour they are, there is a power within them that if they learn how to unlock and tap into they can move the universe. You’ve got to learn to tap into that power.
- You’ve got to have goals. I know a lot of people that disagree and say you’ve got to live in the present – that’s bullshit. You need to have goals because goals will lead you to your destination. What are you working towards? You’ve got to have clear written goals that excite you. The reason people don’t achieve their goals or New Year’s resolution is because it doesn’t excite them. Pick goals so each day you’re working towards inspired action and you will play from that platform.
- Get a great circle of influence. Who you spend your time with is who you become. Have a look at the last 10 people you spent time with and ask yourself, do those people guide, inspire and drive me to be the best I can. If the answer is no, they’re not the right people for you.
What kept you going when you weren’t at your best? Mind power, meditation, and martial arts. Going within makes you stronger on the outside. At the end of every day it will be dark, but at the end of every night will be light again. So we’re going to have sun and moon – ying and yang, day and night; it’s natural we’re going to have highs and lows. The way you pull through the dark and bad times is to understand that the light is just around the corner. I live for the light and I’m flesh and bone, not a guru, not a god; I have bad times just like everyone else. You measure a person by what they do in their darkest hours. Those darkest hours are there to help guide you to be better than what you already are. I embrace dark times. I embrace challenges. An obstacle is there to look at and say, “How am I going to turn that into an opportunity.”
Do you believe that ‘making it’ is about luck and being in the right place at the right time? The definition of luck is where opportunity and hard work meet. If you work hard and you create opportunities while you’re working hard, you’ll get lucky. Luck is a game of chance, so if you want to create more chances in your life work hard, which will create an opportunity and you’ll get lucky. You miss 100% of the shots you do not take.
I have a saying I like in this arena: Just be better today than what you were yesterday. If you grow that little bit everyday for the remainder of your life, think about where you’ll be.
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