Antonio Answers Top Questions
What vision do you have for your life and your coaching practice?
The vision I have for my life and coaching practice is to transform potential into exceptional performance. I talk to clients a lot about producing the best experience in their life and career. To make no small plans. It’s all about taking the necessary steps to unleash our genius, creativity and happiness. I equate it to the work ethic of outstanding athletes. We all have natural skills and abilities and the beautiful thing is the opportunity we have to consciously develop, nurture and build those skills. We can also identify what’s not working and recommit to what’s most important. The great vision I have is that we all will live life on purpose, not by accident.
What are the top three things you love about coaching?
1. Collaboration: It’s a blast to collaborate with clients. To be on their team and partner with them to help create what they most want in their life and career. When we’re white-boarding about their long term vision, creating inspired action plans or identifying unconscious commitments, it’s a honor to share the space with them.
2. Transformation: Witnessing transformation of an individual client or a group during a workshop blows me away. Observing a client fully committing to what’s most important is nothing short of humbling.
3. Inspiration: Being continually inspired by my clients commitment an love for themselves.
Before I started coaching I …
Before I started coaching, I spent 10 plus years working in television as a correspondent, broadcast journalist, host and producer with networks like NBC, E!, Nickelodeon, PBS and BET. Yes, I’ve been slimed countless times on Nickelodeon.
What makes you laugh?
What makes me laugh is people who are willing to laugh at themselves and not take things too serious. I’m a sucker for British humor and the original version of The Office is my favorite television series ever. That followed by the travails of Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm. And, I’m not ashamed to admit that what sometimes makes me laugh isn’t politically correct. People tripping or spilling food on themselves, primarily myself, brings a wide grin to my cheeks because it’s a constant reminder to embrace the trips and spills. Without them, where would we be?
The legacy I want to leave behind is this:
The legacy I want to leave behind is that we all have the opportunity to illuminate our environment and create what we most want. That the past doesn’t determine our future. The not so secret, secret, is commitment. And, equally important, we don’t have to do this alone. A friend always tells me, “Together, Be Better.” I believe this to my core and being of service to each other not only positively changes ourselves, but others and the community around us.
What were the greatest benefits you received from studying at the Hendricks Institute?
One of the greatest benefits I received form studying at the Hendricks Institute is the dynamic community. For a long time I was strongly committed to going at everything alone. The, “I can do it all by myself,” mantra. However, the network I’ve developed studying at the Hendricks Institute has been simply life-changing. It’s a community that supports you, challenges you and empowers you to be the best you. Further, the training I’ve received and the tools/resources to accompany them are priceless in my work with clients. Being the left brain guy that I am, I love that all of the content is strongly rooted in science. Reading a book by Katie or Gay is one thing, but working with them in person is a priceless, one-of-a-kind experience.
The movie that inspired me most was_______.Why? The book?
The movie that inspired me most is Richard Linklater’s, Before Sunset. It’s a rare film that is devoid of Hollywood clichés and displays the power of authentic communication and transparency even when it’s not the easiest thing do. Further, the film places a lot of power with the viewer to make his or her own decisions about what does…or doesn’t happen.
The book that inspired me most is, The Power of One, by South African author Bryce Courtenay. The story of the abandoned protagonist Peekay reminds readers that things are never as dark as we think regardless of the depths we’ve descended to. It’s also a reminder that typically the ones that come to our aid aren’t those who we expected. The power of perseverance, humility, resilience and humor reign supreme in this novel.
What brings you the most joy in your day to day life?
What brings me the most joy in my day-to-day life is the opportunity to create what I most want and help others do the same. This combined with spending quality time those who are special to me.
What ten things could you not do without?
7. My MacBook Pro
10. My voice