October 18

My Story, Story of this Podcast, Story of Others: Stories that complete our picture – with your host Isil Uysal Calvelli



This week it is just me, on microphone, alone.

I have a love-hate relationship with number 4, it is a special number for me and I wanted to do something special in the 4th episode of the podcast.

In this episode I share with you my story, how my story is connected to your story and how this connection led me to create this podcast.

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What you will hear in this episode

It is magic to put thoughts into words. While I was trying to formulate how it felt working in a job that killed my soul and not being able to let go, these words came to me:

Looking back I wonder how I could not see something so obvious. I knew that I had a talent to discover strengths of people and empower them through sharing it with them. I loved psychology. I always wanted to work with people. I wanted to be creative. I wanted to create value. Coaching enabled that all. And I remembered what I thought when I took coaching myself for the first time. I thought I could do that really well. But somehow it was buried under lots of layers of stories of what I actually should do and what I couldn’t do. I needed to get burned by the unhappiness of my job to take off all these layers off myself and remember what I  actually wanted.

And that was not easy. The layers had become part of me and I feared to let them go. What helped me to let them go was the people around me: my mastermind group, the communities I was in and of course my husband.

In all the last 3 episodes this was confirmed: people you surround yourself with, reach out to, talk and discuss with help you to gain clarity, find courage and start new.

Sometimes you talk to people, sometimes you hear other people’s stories and you find something that relates to you, you connect with a feeling, you see other possibilities of doing and being in other people’s stories. 

That’s why there is this podcast: Unique Careers Unique Lives. So you listen to the stories of people who were confused just like you are who took action and created unique careers and unique lives.

Episode Notes

1:34 How my story starts

2:24 How I chose my studies

4:33 The stress of getting my first job

5:23 How my unhappiness at my first job led to depression

8:00 My transition to a happy job

9:04 My move to Munich, Germany

10:55 How I lost my mojo in my job in Munich

12:30 My soul searching to find meaningful work

13:23 How I did not see something so obvious

14:07 How did I let go off of my old career path and what helped me to let go

14:45 What is my work today

15:09 Importance of human connections

15:50 If you feel stuck why it is normal

16:31 Why I created this podcast

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About the author 


I am a LifeWork coach, the author of the book The Gift of Being Unfulfilled at Work, the host of Unique Careers, Unique Lives podcast, and the co-founder of BeCoach Academy. Learn more on isiluysal.com

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