We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Muramatsu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Other than deciding to work for myself, the single most important decision I made that contributed to my success was to follow a simple guidepost. Since now I was out on my own with little guidance or reference, I was a little nervous about following my heart. The guidepost was, “Does this feel good? Does it not feel good? Does it feel light? Does it feel heavy?” When faced with a situation where I will be deciding the continuing direction of my company, I would ask myself those questions. In fact, come to think of it, I would ask myself those questions quite frequently regardless of what was happening. It was my internal barometer for either A) making sure I was following my heart and showing up the way I truly wanted, or B) recognizing that I may not have enough information to feel comfortable. I have to tell you, since I started asking myself these questions I feel my entire life has become so much more my own, I feel such a strong sense of self and purpose.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have a life coaching practice. The interesting thing about life coaching as an industry is that there is no regulating body. Anybody can say they are a life coach, start a practice, and get paying clients. That’s kind of what I always thought life coaching was anyway. As I went though my coach training program, the same one my coach graduated from, I was blown away. I should have been! The program was very expensive and extremely comprehensive. I see now, that there are a lot of coaches who have started practices and taken on clients based on the idea that, ” my friends always come to me for advice,” and “people always tell me I’ve got such a great energy, I should do this for a living.” When really, if not properly trained, there is potential to do a tremendous amount of damage to someone. That’s a lot of pressure. My training program has made me a very proficient and confident coach, but I left not really knowing how to start my practice or run a business. For that, I sought out people who did, at a very high level, what I wanted to do. Despite quite literally being given the keys to the castle, I still found it hard to stay focused and motivated. I WANTED TO COACH!!! Talk to the people, they want to work with me, they are my client now, and it’s a win-win! But how will I find clients? What kind of contracts will I need? How will I schedule them so that I don’t lose my mind and look unprofessional? My bandwidth started waning, and I wasn’t doing much of anything other than coaching my friends and a few referrals. It turns out, I crave structure! Not surprising for someone who has always worked for someone else their whole lives. So I took a look at what I do well, and found ways to support myself in the things I didn’t do well. They say, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I wanted to go fast, and I didn’t. Maybe for a little, but it wasn’t sustainable. So I really embraced what my mentors were teaching, again, asked myself “does this feel good or not good? light or heavy?” And that’s how I was able to create a business that is truly and authentically my own, while having an incredible time collaborating with some of the best in the game.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh yes…..this is gonna be awesome. Food and drink wise I would run the gamut. I really love Osteria Mozza. Full disclosure, I used to work there, however, that means I’ve got the inside info!! Really great, simply prepared, authentic Italian food. It’s an experience, you order all at once and the servers course out your meal. Also, really great cocktail and wine list, with an Amari bar that would make the Italians themselves shiver. Mistral is a French restaurant in Sherman Oaks. The food is phenomenal and continental and very authentic. The place looks like it hasn’t changed since the 60’s….neither has the clientele. Quarters in K-Town isn’t the most authentic Korean BBQ, but it’s super fun, delicious, approachable, and has an amazing vibe. Seven Grand, the whiskey bar downtown, is a must. Very New York feeling, long and narrow, dark, Mahogany room, and in the back, Bar Jackalope, the private tasting room. Bar Covell in Loz Feliz is always a great experience with an amazing list curated by the one and only Matt Kaner. They don’t have a wine list, the servers ask you what you’re in the mood for and bring you a few to taste…for the amateur or well-versed, there is little to no pretension. Foxfire room in Valley Village. Really great dive bar with a really great crowd. It’s been in the family for about 40 years and hasn’t changed. Cheap, strong drinks, and you’re waking up on my floor with a new tattoo. On your last day, we’ll chill out and hit The Rock Store in the Malibu Mountains…a beautiful, winding road where all the bikers stop to eat breakfast. We’ll keep going and hit the coast and eat shrimp at Neptune’s Net, that’s where Paul Walker and Vin Diesel ate in the first The Fast and the Furious movie. We’ll head south on PCH and check out Santa Monica, walk the pier and Third Street promenade, the Venice Boardwalk…then hit Boardwalk 11 in West LA, one of the best Karaoke bars in Los Angeles. Then I take you to LAX which you’ve already seen 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My life coach DaJuan Johnson!!!! I had been working with a life coach for the last six years, and practically all of my personal and professional success I owe to our time together. As time went on and I decided I wanted to be a life coach, DaJuan was incredibly supportive and such an amazing friend and mentor. I’m so proud of myself and my life…in ways I never thought I would be, and it came from no small effort from DaJuan.
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