Interview with Nicky Iles: Why Motivational Speaking
I have been asked many times, why the career change? Why give up your good steady income to pursue a career with little to n guarantee so I’ve taken the time to answer the questions I’ve been asked the most below.
Why the career change?
Well, they say you can’t put a price on happiness and other would choose to differ but I truly believe there is no price you can put on happiness. To put things in perspective, since I was a little girl, I had the burning desire to change lives and help others and this seemed like the path I needed to take to make that happen. I love helping others, I love mentoring, coaching, and I love helping in general so this is fitting for me. This career move will give me the ability to impact lives positively and change lives. It is not the 23 kids I wanted to adopt but it’s a stepping stone, one I’m proud of. I figured even if I was making less money but felt an internal satisfaction helping others, I’d be happy and that’s my goal. Now I can tie my happiness and income together whether it’s a little or a lot but the internal happiness have no price value.
Why did you want to adopt 23 kids?
As a young girl, one day I was watching a television program at the neighbors house because I had no electricity in my home. There was this commercial that came on for feeding the hungry kids in Africa. I was 7 years old at the time and I remember sitting there on the floor then bursting into tears. Everyone was wondering what was wrong with me but I just got up and ran to my home down the hill and ran to my grandmother and slapped her on her bottom. She said “what’s wrong with your child and did you lose your mind?”… Long story short, I was moved by that commercial and felt we were so rich to adopt those kids. Reality is I was very poor and didn’t even know it but promised my grandmother and myself that one day I would grow up and adopt 16 kids and have 7 of my own. A dream she didn’t get to live to see but I still believe some of it is possible, so I keep trying to make that my reality.
What are you most passionate about as a motivational speaker?
I’m not sure if there is any one thing really but I do know I’m really passionate about helping others succeed. I feel like we currently live in a world where we aren’t quick to help but rather quick to tear each other down, hold each other back, or convince ourselves and others they should settle. I don’t believe that, I denounce the notion that we all have to settle. I am really passionate about helping others see the light, see their worth, help them manifest their dreams, gain mental and financial freedom. I want to help others succeed, the path to overall mankind improvement is if we all rise up.
What do you do in your free time?
Free time, I don’t know if I call my off time free time because I am constantly on a quest for self improvement and elevation. I honestly spend majority of my free time listening to audible (reading), attending webinars, and seminars. I spend majority of my time on self improvement but once I reach a certain point, I’ll take some time to do a world cruise, I love traveling. However, I must say, I am also a gamer so I spend some time on the PC and Playstation as well.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I always wanted to be a humanitarian and own an orphanage but I got a lot of laughter as a child when I said that so I started to say an entreprenuer. Little did I know I would be one starting at the tender age of 8. When I was in 6th grade I wanted to be a writer, 7th grade an artist (however, my art teacher said I was too much of a perfectionist so I could never be an artist), 8th grade an Engineer. I spent high school focused on being an engineer and attended college and high school on a magnet program which allowed me to get some college credits out the way. I eventually ended up with a full business scholarship and thought I must be really good at this so I went into business management.
Do you miss Jamaica?
That’s a hard one to answer because I left Jamaica when I was 13 years old. I only have memories of Jamaica as a child and the few times I visited it was so different that I didn’t feel I could fit in anymore. I love the real freedom I had in Jamaica, the beaches, the fun, and loved ones. I will always cherish that part of me and I try to preserve it in my accent but it’s now very foreign to me.