Every now and then, there comes along a person who’s a shining example of someone who has been able to blend his or her different passions in life to create a business. Steve is one of those people.
Canadian resident Steve Koszman (pronounced kush-man) is a DJ/emcee, Special Olympics coach, community leader and philanthropist — and not to mention a Level 2 Blair Singer Training Academy certified coach. He’s now running his own personal development and business training business, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
I’ve had the opportunity to chat with him to learn more about him and his business, what drives and motivates him, and why he decided to pursue certification.
The following interview was edited for brevity and clarity.
B: Tell me about the time you first started on this journey.
Steve: I attended an event hosted by Darren Weeks back in 2011 in Alberta, Canada, and there is where I also met the rest of the Rich Dad Advisor team, including you. I really appreciated what I learned during the Fast Track Super Conference.
B: What were you doing during that time?
Steve: I was a full-time manager at a special care home for people with a range of different disabilities, and I also had a side business being a DJ.
B: When did you decide to become a certified coach?
Steve: In 2014, I attended your Sales Explosion Program because I was really interested in growing my DJ business. Also, I wanted to become a better, bigger version of myself after seeing your talks about personal development. Then, after I went to the Master Facilitator Program, where I learned to sharpen my speaking and presentation skills, that’s when I decided I wanted to become a certified coach. I not only wanted to grow myself, but I wanted to help others become better versions of themselves, too. It was very inspiring.
B: Why is this important to you?
Steve: I guess you could say I’ve always wanted to help people. I have an intrinsic desire to see people reach their full potential. That’s what made my time at the special care home so special, because I got to help others do that. Now, I want to be able to take it farther, and reach even more individuals. It’s a really special thing to see people succeed and knowing that you’ve helped them along the way.
B: Are you still working at the home now? What are you doing these days?
Steve: Unfortunately, I had to resign back in 2016, because I had completed my certification and wanted to pursue my passions full-time. However, I still volunteer as a coach for the Special Olympics and train softball athletes. It’s fun and I’m happy I have the opportunity to continue to do that.
My DJ business is now a DJ and events company, where I also help throw fundraisers to support my community and those in need.
All of these passions intersect well with each other, because it gives me the opportunity to coach people in all sorts of ways in personal development. I also conduct workshops and seminars with the Little Voice Mentoring program and coach 1-on-1. Everything works seamlessly together, and I enjoy that.
B: What do you remember most about the certification process, and what’s your advice to those looking to go down the same path?
Steve: In March of 2015, I completed the first level of certification after going to the Ultimate Personal Development Program. I could have stayed there — taken in all the lessons I had learned and continue to grow as a person, and grow my business. But, I was really inspired by what you had said: “The world needs more leaders.” Because of that, I decided to complete the next level of training, which allows me to do what I do now, spreading the word to others across the globe.
My advice to others is to surrender to the process. Really. These are proven, effective strategies that continue to make a positive difference in the world. Don’t go in thinking you know it all — or as we like to say, don’t let your “little voice” get in the way of your growth. Never stop learning, never stop growing.
B: Anything else you want to say?
Steve: Go do what makes you better!
Learn more about how Steve can help you become a better version of yourself on his website, and be sure to follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. I have a lot of fun seeing what he’s up to, and I’m sure you will too!