We are running a blog series featuring small business owners in multiple niches and industries. It is our aim to help facilitate connections and raise the visibility of small business owners around the globe. COVID-19 caused many small businesses to pivot and retool to sustain a profitable business. Sharing lessons learned will strengthen us all!
Today we’re excited to introduce you to small-business owner, AlKarim Chatur. AlKarim’s business is called NRJI which is a play on words for ENERGY- I am a coach- consultant and energy practitioner and I am uniquely positioned to bring a fusion of all three of these elements to help clients work from the inside so that they can create and design the life that they desire
What is the WHY behind your business? What motivated you to get started?
I have been involved in the business world for most of my life. I have a BSC in Computer Science and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
For the last 20 years of my career, I was in the furniture industry. It was challenging work that always felt like an uphill battle. It felt like I was stuck with no way out – reminding me of the movie with Michael Douglas where the distance traveled was further than the distance back and so I was always convinced that I had to battle this out.
It was like digging my own grave or just spinning wheels and no matter what I did – It was either never the right thing or the right time.I turned to doing the only thing I’d learned: working hard to make change. Little did I know at that time that other forces were at play. While I saw everyone around me in the industry growing and enjoying life, I knew in my heart that I was capable of much more but yet I was not producing.
During this time there were numerous signs for me to walk away from it and do something different, but for one reason or another, I ignored them.
And then one day, in late 2017, I got a call that the building where we operated out of was on fire. This unfortunate incident forced me to shut down the business.
The business shutting down put me in a dark place, but it was at this time that I was introduced to a friend of the family from Africa. With her help, I recognized how one’s energy plays a huge role in how one manifests your life. Where the focus goes the energy flows. That has become my mantra now and I now understand how my negative emotions, fear, and anxiety were actually attracting all that I was trying to overcome.
Today in addition to my BSC and MBA I am a certified energy practitioner. I have been able to totally shift my energies and build a totally different business where I attract and manifest a life of love, joy, equanimity, and abundance.
And this has now led me to launch my Consulting, Coaching, and Energy Healing business where I help inert business owners and professionals who feel stuck in their business and personal lives to make massive breakthroughs by moving them from resistance to allowance and overcome their barriers to create exponential growth and abundant success. life
Did COVID impact your business? If yes, how did you pivot and overcome the challenges?
I was working from home a couple of years before COVID so it did not impact my business much. However, it did shift the mindset of my clients who were more willing to have some sessions online.
What lessons did you learn that made your business more resilient and sustainable?
Sometimes it is easy to think that your market and niche are limited to the area that you service. I think COVID has made it possible for the average person to service clients across the globe.
Who do you serve and how do you help them? (what problem do you solve?)
I am a seasoned intrapreneur. I help clients achieve balance in their lives, Increase their Emotional Quotient while achieving their career goals without sacrificing their personal and professional relationships
Why/How did you select this niche?
I have been in business for a long time and I know all about challenges that lie at the intersection of personal well-being, family, and business or career.
These challenges are often difficult to manage. My mission is to bridge the gap and help clients overcome overwhelm, manage work pressure, and master emotional intelligence without sacrificing well-being or performance.
What types of programs do you offer?
I offer Group Coaching, 1-1 Coaching as well as public speaking
What kind of results can people expect from working with you?
Clients understand the gaps that exist in their lives and when they start changing their internal self, they feel lighter, more energized, experience abundance and exponential growth in both their personal lives and their career
How can readers connect with you and learn more about or support you? (share website, email, social links)
Linkied in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alkarimchaturmba/