This is a special Portals conversation with a former corporate executive who is focusing his unique background and journey on exploring and sharing new pathways into the art of increasing joy, meaning and belonging in our daily life.
Tim Coats is the author of the blog Towards a Life Well-Lived: Reflections on the Art of Increasing Joy, Meaning, and Belonging in Daily Living. In this dialogue with Aviv Shahar, Tim reflects on his time since leaving the business world and the importance of deeper connections with life – with people, with nature, and with how he thinks and feels about spirit.
Tim traces the evolution of his sense of self-awareness and the journey as a senior corporate leader, where he learned to see the business world as not only a theater of achieving career goals,
but also a laboratory of self-discovery. Achieving high levels of success while preserving an inner dialogue about the deeper meaning of it all.
Releasing the inner mystic – “Someone who pursues union with life” – Tim explores some of the pathways that can help people living in a time of complex and rapid change experience a joy and belonging that transcends the material world of circumstance.
How do we find joy amidst these circumstances that are beyond our control? I started becoming more and more interested in that. So, I think that my stint in business was almost a learning lab where I had the opportunity to learn how to connect with others in a way that helps them bring themselves to work. So, in effect, they're working for themselves and not for me, and as I did that, I kind of watched what happened.