My name is Sean Ellis.
I started Lifted Life for one simple reason; I love to make a difference. I saw first hand the difference that coaching could make when I was a team leader and had to coach as a manager. So when I was made redundant, I decided to train professionally as a coach and start my own coaching business. My experience since then has only reinforced my conviction that coaching can make a real difference in people’s lives. It’s my mission in life to bring more love and abundance into the world by helping people to achieve their dreams, and Lifted Life is the vehicle I’ve chosen to carry out that mission.
The feeling I get when one of my clients has a breakthrough or a success, no matter how small or large is the thing I love most about what I do. There is nothing I find more satisfying than seeing people grow, develop and succeed on their own terms. Being, even in some small way, part of that makes life worth living.
I grew up in a working class family in East London. We did OK, but money was never abundant and so from an early age, I knew the value of everything and what I was and wasn’t likely to be able to get as a present! It’s probably because of this that during my sixth-form years I focused more on earning money that on studying. Of course, this meant that I failed my A levels. But still, I had the right attitude and was able to secure employment. Fast forward 34 years and I had made it to VP level at a international bank.
It would be tempting to to put my success entirely down to me. Of course, I had a lot to do with it. But I know in my heart that is was the love, guidance and support of others that made it possible. People that mentored me, people that coached me, and people that loved me for who I am…warts and all.
I’m also confident that if I had had access to a professional coach earlier in my career, I could have climbed the corporate ladder much quicker. I would probably have made better decisions about what roles and career choices I made (not that any were particularly disappointing). And, it’s likely I would have made the move into full self-employment much earlier too.
Along with being a computer programmer (a dream which I realised early in my career), I dreamt of running my own business. The problem was, I never really knew what business I wanted to be in. At different time, I tried things – network marketing, buying and selling second-hand tools, and so on. Eventually I become a contractor selling the business transformation expertise that I had developed over my career. It was lucrative, and liberating. Even so I went back to employment when the opportunity to build a new team came up. It was this experience that led me to realise just how much I loved to help develop people. And, it was from this role that I was made redundant leading to my choice to become a professionally qualified coach.
Since then, besides coaching, I have sought out other opportunities to experience getting the best out of people, including joining Toastmasters where I mentor newer members and have also taken on a role at committee level. I also took some additional coaching training which qualifies me to mentor coaches as well.
My early life has left me with a sensitivity to the iniquities and inequalities in our society, and a desire to play some small part in addressing these. That’s why I also offer my services pro-bono to charities and social enterprises, and even individuals in some circumstances (see Fees).
I always respond personally to emails, so please do drop me a line and let me know your situation.
Founder and Head Coach
Lifted Life Ltd
Member of Association for Coaching
Membership number: 56078828