Author Series: Meet Cathy Dimarchos
Can you share a little about you and your purpose in life (500 words max)
Life for me is about continuously looking inward and asking myself how I can contribute more, and recognising that the more I learn, the more there is to learn about myself and those around me- asking myself “What else?”
Whilst I live in the present, my thoughts are about the future, and about the footprint that will be left behind. I don’t focus on what I don’t have, and acknowledge what I do have.
I wake up daily knowing that the day begins with me and that I have the ability to contribute to the changes that I want to see. I think about the impact I want to make out into the world, and am aware that some things are beyond me, they’re beyond my inner circle, and beyond what I am aware of.
We live in a world where everything we do impacts someone else, but at times, we don’t take the opportunity to pause and consider what that impact may be. I’ve become more conscious of my actions and the impact that may have on those around me, noting that I may be impacting a greater circle – the greater ripple that we are all a part of.
As a business strategist and leadership development coach, I look beyond the surface and what people tell me. It is often in what people don’t tell me that the most important message sits.
My work has evolved over the years and my business was formed with a purpose to create impact. Life for me is about paying things forward and I am committed to contributing to lifting those around me, locally and across the globe. A big part of my business incorporates Pro-bono work especially in the current economic times. I have been fortunate to have the support of my amazing husband and family who never doubt or question my commitment to paying things forward.
My project – Raise the Baseline evolved from me reviewing a Business Plan of a young women who dared to ask for help in 2014 whilst I was in Tanzania with my daughter working in orphanages, to now delivering Leadership Development Programs to school students, and Entrepreneur programs to future leaders. This young woman is now one of our Facilitators, some 7 years later.
When asked why Tanzania and not something local, I say “why not?”. Those that know me, are aware that I contribute to my community and those who reach out, but my work in Africa began with purpose for impact. It is about giving under developed countries access to something that is readily available here but not so there. I can make greater impact by bringing western people to Tanzania, showing them, they matter and that someone across the globe believes in them. These programs create a path that will be built on over time, showing them how they can raise the baseline not just for themselves, but for others around them and their community.
When someone is courageous to ask for help, know they have the grit and determination to make things happen. Know that despite obstacles, roadblocks and being told “NO”, they will find a way and make it work. My journey is to show others how.
2. Did you always plan to write a book?
Numbers, strategy and analytics were my strengths and where most of my career had centred for many years until I reflected on my commitment to create greater impact.
As the pandemic hit and my life changed, I went searching on how I could create Greater impact so I set out to write a book, something that I had never considered prior to that point.
I recognised that through lived experiences and stories, people could read and take away something for themselves and go back to at any time. It is a way that people can read, absorb and recreate their own path forward by reflecting on someone else’s story.
3.What are your hopes for your book?
This book has the ability to change the way we think. It is an easy read that will enable each individual to reframe their mind to focus on the outcome that they want to contribute to. It encourages people to consider their choice of words, and to strengthen beyond resilience so that they become antifragile.
I want the book to encourage people to be conscious of their choices and to know that through acceptance of differences we will not only innovate and allow our future generation to have a voice, but we will also create psychological safe spaces to allow people to thrive and take risks; to fail and then try again knowing that they will be rewarded for having a go.
5.What advice do you have for others who want to write and publish a book?
Writing your story, a book or your message out to the world not only shares your purpose, and your message, it also gives others permission to do the same. You are “showing” others how to do it. I am a huge believer to create real impact you must SHOW people how. Take a leap of faith it is an amazing journey.
6.What is next for you?
I am bringing together amazing humans from across the globe in an Anthology called “Going against
the Grain” this is the 1st book in this Trilogy. These stories will inspire you and show you that you can too. They will elevate vibrations across the world to bring about change.
All proceeds go towards the Raise the Baseline projects. These amazing Co-authors are paying things forward and showing others how! If you have a limitless belief - please reach out because that is what will follow.
Raise the Baseline have 80 students scheduled to go through our Leadership Programs starting in October 2021 and over 300 students scheduled for 2022. If you want to contribute in any way, please connect. Together we can make greater impact.
7. Where can our readers find you?
I am based in Sydney, but my clients are across the world. You can find me through various socials listed below.
Website : www.solutions2you.com.au FB: https://www.facebook.com/CathyDimarchosCoachSpeaker/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/solutions2you_consulting/
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