While therapists serve a brilliant purpose for people seeking help, it is connecting with our peers when we truly feel heard.
By sharing stories, we not only relate to one another but learn solutions that we may not have already tried or that didn’t resonate when written in a self-help book.
Using this power, a new podcast named Who I Became promises to deliver fascinating conversations that will inspire listeners to open their hearts and minds to new possibilities.
Hosted by Simon Osamoh, he delves into discussion to explore how his interviewees have overcome extreme difficulties and persevered when life felt like an uphill battle.
Speaking exclusively to Uspire, Simon opened up about why he kickstarted his project and just what listeners can expect from his deep dive into big topics.
Simon said: “On paper, I look pretty good. I have a successful career, am an entrepreneur, property investor, and national speaker. I’ve been featured in the Wall Street Journal and managed at three of America’s largest financial institutions, but in reality, I hid in plain sight.
“I was born into a single parent family with an English mother and Nigerian father. My parents separated before I was born, this meant that I have never met the man who brought me into this world and I never tackled my emotions around this.”
He continued: “I hid and suppressed these feelings until my 30s, which affected every aspect of my life including business, investments, relationships, and family.”
It was while working as a police detective that Simon credits as the inspiration behind his podcast, having met so many intriguing people during time on the job and feeling gripped by their stories.
Ten years after leaving the force, he finally started Who I Became to share those personal journeys with the hope they might galvanise a change in another person’s life.
Simon said: “I’ve now learned to step into each adversity, embrace it, turn to faith, and come out the other side a more fulfilled and resilient person. I’ve made it part of my journey to share this with other young men who may be in a similar situation.
“It’s easy to become jealous of other people’s lives or possessions, thinking they have it all, but everyone has a story. Adversity is part of life, we can learn and grow from others’ experience of it. ”
Simon says his primary goal is for the podcast to remind people that they are not alone, and feels especially motivated to share stories when he hears the impact that they have across the globe.
In particular, he revealed that one episode with a man in Colorado talking about a tough time in his marriage triggered a message from a listener in New Zealand who said it had helped him to fight and continue to work with his wife towards reconciliation.
Simon said: “This urged me to continue, seeing the wide reach of these powerful experiences.
“I know what it feels like to look in the mirror and feel like something is missing; that there is more inside of you, that you have more to give.
“It is okay not to have everything figured out, but you can overcome the obstacles you are facing with a positive mindset and by discussing what you are up against.”
Simon’s approach is having quite the impact, with downloads of his podcasts in 21 countries and across five continents – many of whom watch the videos on his YouTube channel too.
Having been spurred into action during the pandemic, Simon began recording in May 2020 and now delivers weekly episodes.
The lifestyle guru added: “I felt called to start this when COVID-19 hit, so I answered! I know we find true connection when we open ourselves up and stop hiding.
“Life is about living our own story and sometimes we just need a little nudge to inspire action.”
As well as nurturing his platform – where no subjects are off-limits as they tackle spirituality, trauma, culture, addiction, and personal growth – Simon hopes to start mentoring and coaching young men too who may have had the same self-doubt that he did while growing up.
He concluded: “I want to be a resource for them and let them know they can change their circumstances and that I’m there to help them if they want to do the work.”
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