We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Mills and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the acknowledgment that something else is more important than the fear.” This quote has been attributed to many people including FDR, Nelson Mandela, and Ambrose Redmoon. This hits at the core of everything for me. It means that no matter what we want to accomplish in our life, there will always be fear. When you take on a new endeavor, or a new challenge, fear is inevitable, so you need to determine within yourself what it is that is worth taking action on so you can overcome that fear.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a professional coach, I am the most excited about the results that I help my clients achieve in their own life, career or business. I have overcome many of the challenges that my clients face, including feeling overwhelmed, overworked and lacking purpose, and eager to achieve more growth and meaningful success in their life. My journey has taken me from ex-Hollywood executive, to teaching as a volunteer in Africa, to pursuing my passion and ambition of starting my own business as a professional coach. What I have learned along the way is that there is no challenge too big to overcome if you have a compelling enough vision for what you desire to experience in your life. even taking the smallest steps can lead to the most impactful, transformational change in every area of your life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA is truly the most amazing “Choose your own adventure” city, and there are many adventures I would be thrilled to share with friends to show them the beautiful sights and diverse culture LA has to offer. I would likely start with taking them to my favorite spot – the beach. I love a good run or walk in Venice, or Santa Monica, and take in the fresh ocean air and also do some people watching. From there I would likely stop off for a sushi lunch at one of the many amazing spots (Hide is my favorite) on Sawtelle in West L.A. The next day I’d take them to LACMA, which is a great museum, but also just a fun environment to walk around and maybe sit out on the grass for a picnic and people watch. One evening we’d travel downtown, and grab a cocktail at one of the amazing rooftop bars such as the Ace Hotel, Perch, or The Standard. No trip to LA would be complete without taking in a movie at one of the many amazing theaters in town, including the Cinerama Dome at the Arclight Hollywood, or the Chinese Theater. Wrapping up the week I’d be sure to take them on a hike on the east side of the city, likely at Griffith Park, followed by brunch at one of the great options to choose from in Los Feliz or Silver Lake.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Right now, community and support is more important than ever, and I’m so grateful to have many communities of support around me. Beyond my family, and my wife Alyson, I’m grateful to be part of a wonderful community of fellow coaches through the LA chapter of the ICF (International Coach Federation).
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