We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Nahai and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I believe there are a few factors that have allowed me to begin building a successful career as a Speaker and Coach. One of those factors is my ability to communicate with people and distill complex psychological concepts easily intelligible and applicable daily practice. Another factor is that I have no “stage fright,” so it is easy for me to be open and vulnerable about my story. But what I believe is the most important factor, and what I am most proud of, is my emphasis on personal integrity and authenticity.
To me, integrity and authenticity mean living the messages that I preach, and constantly asking myself if my own behavior is aligned with what I would tell a client. It also means that I don’t speak about or coach people through issues that I haven’t directly experienced and learned how to overcome myself. I strive not to be the Coach who tells people “do as I say, not as I do.” Instead, I try to demonstrate how the pieces of advice I encourage are ones I have applied to my own life. I place a huge value on working on myself every single day: by seeing a counselor, continuously educating myself, admitting my shortcomings, and improving my physical/emotional/mental health.
Of course, nobody is perfect and we all have work to do on ourselves — I’m no exception to that rule and I slip up all the time. But I strive daily to stay true to my values, and I would like to think I’ve been successful so far because I try my hardest to lead by example.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I was 19 years old, I was suddenly diagnosed with an incurable disease of the stomach that caused me to be unable to eat. Almost overnight, I went from being a bright-eyed college Freshman to being completely despondent and incapacitated. In a flash I lost complete control of my life, and rapidly fell into a dark spiral of depression, anxiety, and severe anorexia.
By the end of my Freshman year, I was down to 112 pounds of pure skin and bone. I was starving myself, refusing to take my medications, and denying that there was a problem. I felt completely helpless. Relationships were out of the question. While everyone around me was having the time of their lives, I was completely alone with no hope and no direction.
After hitting this rock bottom, I had no choice but to make a change and get some professional help. With the support of my family, I began taking accountability, making serious lifestyle changes, and getting healthier.
I made some good friends, became a Personal Trainer, and started helping others. I even got a girlfriend.
I thought I was doing great. But as my girlfriend and I got deeper into our relationship, I quickly learned that I had some real emotional issues in the love department: codependency, unhealthy attachment, and fear of abandonment. And although I was loved, at my core I still felt completely unlovable.
So, back to counseling I went.
I once again had to humble myself and change my behavior. I did the work and began to see real progress. I developed authentic confidence and learned what healthy relationships consist of; I learned how to be happy and at peace; I learned how to have the things I want and want the things I have.
Fast forward after many years of working on myself, Graduate school, and Coaching certifications, I’ve transformed my life inside and out. I believe the final stage of healing is using what you went through in order to help others; so every day, I harness my experiences and teach others how to improve their lives.
Through practical guidance and actionable steps, I now teach my clients how to love and respect themselves, discover their unique gifts, feel emotionally fulfilled, and create lasting relationships.
I have an extraordinary life because I was willing to change my thoughts and actions for the better. Now I help others do the same.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m all about the food in my hometown. We’d have to hit In N Out, Joe’s Pizza, Lucky’s Steakhouse in Malibu, KOI Sushi in West Hollywood, Raffi’s Place in Glendale, and for a special experience, the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I’d love to take a friend to hang out at the Palisades Village or Calabasas Commons. We would definitely check out the stunning overlooks on Mulholland where you can see the entire City and of course go to the beach!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is awesome, it feels like I am winning an award! I would like to recognize and thank:
The ShoutOut LA Team, for giving me this opportunity
My Business Coaches, Jeremy Bishop, Stephanie Ferreira, and Isabella Haddad, for teaching me branding, social media, and business
My Producer, Joe Flanders, for shooting/producing all of my video content
My Web Developer, John Fredricks, for helping me create a beautiful website
My family and close friends for supporting me and being my biggest fan
And most importantly, my clients, for believing in themselves to create an extraordinary life and trusting me to guide them.
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