Nathan Seaward enjoyed a successful, 16-year career as an airline pilot before becoming a personal coach and host of The Nathan Seaward Show. He believes, through the process of self-discovery and self-mastery, entrepreneurs can change the world whilst creating extraordinary lives for themselves and their families. He supports entrepreneurs to create game-changing businesses that help people and the planet in new and innovative ways.
Hey Nathan, can you introduce yourself to us?
Sure! I’m Nathan, I’m 35, gay, single and from a small city called Christchurch, New Zealand that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this week. I have spent most of my life obsessed with aircraft and aviation and had a great career as an international airline pilot. I left that career at the top of my game because I wanted to build a business that made an impact on the world. I now have a business that helps entrepreneurs grow themselves and businesses that help impact people and the planet in new and innovative ways.
Can you take us through your journey to where you are now?
I had a pretty ordinary upbringing in New Zealand. Lot’s of long hot summers, biking all around the neighbourhood and camping trips on weekends. My life started to take a different turn as I realised I was gay. I was at an all boy school and nothing felt scarier than being gay. I did everything I could to fit in. I wanted to be straight. It took me until 22 years old to have the courage to come out. I decided on two things. I choose to live authentically and I will challenge the status quo in all areas.
I always had a great passion for aviation. It was one of my escapes. I would spend hours lying in the long grass next to the runway. Once I left school, I poured myself into my flying career. I spent 16 years travelling the world, working for airlines all over the world.
After a bad breakup in 2014, I had my rock bottom moment. Everything I thought I knew about life seemed to be crumbling around me. I hired a coach to help me make sense of everything and put my life back together. The work with him inspired me to start my own coaching business. I was stunned at how powerful it was. He helped me find what was really important to me. Living authentically and helping people. He helped me see the patterns in my relationships. I knew that my life experience had led me to start a coaching business.
In 2017, I left flying to pursue and grow my coaching business. I now help entrepreneurs to create extraordinary lives for themselves and their families.
How much research did you do on the market prior to getting started and what were your findings?
I researched a lot into what was working in the coaching industry. Where the opportunities were and who the market leaders were. I surrounded myself with the best in the business via high-end masterminds. That was a game changer for me. Being surrounded by world leaders in the coaching industry that were generating six and seven-figure businesses, sometimes on their own.
How is your business funded, is it bootstrapped, self-funded ect?
My job as an airline pilot funded the business for two years. Once the income from the business roughly matched my salary, I made the decision to leave my career. I didn’t have that much in savings when I left which was a good incentive to work hard!
Can you tell us more about the brand DNA and ethos of your business and how you are standing out from the crowd?
We believe in supporting the game changers. The crazy people that know they have the potential in them to make a huge impact but lack the confidence to do it on their own. We believe that with the right support and community, those people can thrive and change the world through their lives and businesses.
It’s really important that I embody the values of our business so my first commitment is to always check in and make sure I’m living an extraordinary life. That means, being authentic, being courageous and having a shit ton of fun!
Can you give highlight 3 ways you are supporting us to live a more epic life and how are you using your platform to inspire us?
- We have a one on one coaching program that gives you complete, wrap-around support. We walk alongside you to inspire you, support you, challenge you and believe in you. You get full access to our intimate community of game changers.
- We run multiple adventures around the world, each year that give our clients a trip of a lifetime. Stories they can tell for the rest of their lives. We believe in bringing more excitement and adventure to people’s lives.
- Through the podcast, we have deep, vulnerable and inspiring conversations with people from all over the world that embody our ethos of living an extraordinary life.
Where can you see yourself within the next 3-5 years?
I have no idea and that’s the way I like it. That’s part of the adventure. My commitment is to be as authentic as possible, enjoy the journey and being courageous. I know that will lead to me to incredible experiences that I couldn’t even fathom.
What are the key tools that you use for your trade?
Wifi! My business is completely virtual, so the internet is everything. I travel with a MacBook, iPhone and Blu Yeti microphone. I use Zoom for all my client work and BeLive.tv to stream my podcast to Facebook. Facebook and Instagram are my main social channels.
What outlets do use to market your podcast The Nathan Seaward Show?
We don’t generally do paid marketing. All of our traffic is organic and word of mouth. We believe that having a small, committed group of fans is better than have millions of idle followers. The podcast is recorded live and streamed on Facebook and then converted to an audio podcast for iTunes etc. More and more, I am appearing as a guest on other podcasts to spread the message and grow our following.
What or who inspires and motives you?
I’m incredibly inspired by courage. Whether it’s one of my clients who has the courage to stand on a stage and speak for the first time or the brave soul that tried to tackle the terrorist shooter in Christchurch last week. I’m inspired when somebody feels an incredible amount of fear and finds the courage to act anyway.
What is the number 1 critical business lesson you have learned so far?
You have to manage cash flow. The biggest shift from employee to entrepreneur is that you’re not getting that guaranteed pay check every month. It’s up to you to manage your cashflow, do the activities that bring in revenue and make calculated decisions on spending. I learned that the hard way when I found myself stuck in a carpark in Costa Rica with all my credit cards declining.
A highlight in your career so far?
Definitely running our first adventure series! A sailing trip with 7 incredible entrepreneurs around the Greek Islands. To me, this was the ultimate success. Doing something I love and impacting people in the process.
What gives you ultimate career satisfaction?
Knowing i’m making a difference to people’s lives. I go to bed each night and know that people lives were better as a result of the work I did and that feels pretty damn good.
What challenges have you seen to have been presented during the growth of your business?
Knowing how to grow and scale. Going from a one man band to creating products and growing a team. It’s challenging and requires a whole new skill set and strong nerves.
Which other leading entrepreneurs and pioneering game changers do you also admire and why?
Joe Rogan represents everything that we stand for. Finding the things you love and having the courage to commit to them. Joe shows us that you can create a business out of all the things you love and still live an extraordinary life.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
‘The Big Leap’ by Dr. Gay Hendricks is a book I come back to over and over again. It represents a lot of the philosophy of our business. How to find your zone of genius, go after it and overcome the inevitable “upper limit” that arises as you begin to succeed. A must read for anyone that want’s to take a big leap.
Top 3 go-to Podcast channels?
- ‘Supersoul conversations’ / Masterclass with Oprah.
- ‘The Joe Rogan Experience.’
- ‘The Church Of What’s Happening Now’ with Joey Diaz.
How do you define your own success?
For me, nobody said it better than Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
What does #BEYOUROWN MAN mean to you?
It means, you are unique and thus you can create something unique for the world. Nobody has lived life exactly as you have. Nobody has the same passions and talents that you have. Find the intersection of what you love, what you’re good at and what the world needs and then go create your own unique business.
Finally, what are you working on throughout 2019?
My focus in 2019 is improving my own health so I can be at my best for myself and my clients. In the business, we’re focussed on being more consistent and implementing the right system to supports that. You’ll see us supporting more and more people to bring their ideas to life.
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