Christophe Van Harvard is a man with many talents. An intuitive guide, Christophe Van Harvard has been in the coaching business for over two decades. He was born in 1973 in Antwerp, Belgium. His parents lived there for many generations, and he studied Catholic Theology at the University of Strasbourg in Alsace, France.
During his formative years, he discovered his talents and used them on his family and people in his close circle to help guide them. He is strongly passionate about helping others out and, using his ability, decided to reach out to more people, hence beginning his journey as a guide when he moved to Chicago in August 1999.
After realizing the positive impact on their lives, Christophe decided to reach out to more people by founding Van Harvard Guide Programs in 2021. The company has been immensely successful as an online resource, and Christophe is currently working on a second guide.
Christophe has always had a natural gift for helping people manage fear and anxiety, relieve stress, and identify their life’s purpose. His services are inclusive and cater to clients from different walks of life from different social and economic classes, educational backgrounds, and age groups. Aside from his innate talent, Christophe also incorporates a range of ancient techniques and divine wisdom into his practice as he guides his clients towards the clarity they seek. He creates an environment where his clients feel safe to open up and share their innermost thoughts with him.
As a life coach, many difficult teenagers have discovered their hidden talents and abilities through his work. He has helped them take control of their lives and find their purpose. Many of these teenagers have transformed from negative behavior to becoming productive members of society. Some have even excelled in their education, graduating from university.
He has helped many professionals find their true calling and devote their lives to what they are passionate about. Some have moved on to set up businesses, identifying their skills and natural talents and finding positive ways of handling the stress and anxiety from work, parenting, and other areas of their lives. He is a great listener and provides sensible advice that helps his clients move on in life with a clear head and a positive outlook.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
My creativity and desire to assist others were the driving forces behind it. I felt sad about the problems of others and the fact that they led to unhappy existences filled with stress and anxiety. I established my firm to assist individuals in discovering their true purpose in life and finding happiness. Hence, the idea for an online resource and guide: The Van Harvard Guide Programs, appeared in my mind.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My daily routine begins with a one-hour meditation when I get up. It aids in giving me the clarity to shape the day and offers numerous benefits. After that, I prepare my breakfast, which is critical because food has a significant role in our existence. I’m meticulous about what I consume. I then shower and go to the office to see my clients. Each day, I use clarity and a plan to know where I stand and what needs to be done.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I bring ideas to life by acting on them. I like to jot down each concept that enters my head and go through them once I have the opportunity. I always consider the potential impact the concept may have on my life and others. Will it aid me or someone else? After that, I go forward with a clear mind and vision.
What’s one trend that excites you?
For me, Astrophysics is one of the fascinating ideas. While it has been around for centuries and has been passed down from ancient to modern times, people are just now starting to accept it. It’s complex and profound, and it can assist us in comprehending ourselves, our surroundings, the cosmos at a deep level.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
The most time-consuming and demanding tasks are done first. I’m most productive early in the day as a morning person, so I handle more difficult high-priority issues. When those are out of the way and done correctly, I can devote more attention to other tasks that don’t require as much focus or time. It allows me to maintain a healthy social life while still squeezing in some fitness.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I’d advise my younger self to accept myself and utilize my talents to the utmost. I tried to conceal my natural gifts as a kid because I felt I was the odd one out. It made me stand out when I was only trying to blend in. If I had only accepted my talent and run with it, life would have been easier. Finally, I did what I was always supposed to do due to all the pointless stress that society had placed on me.
It’s more vital to be satisfied and content than wealthy. The goal of life has been normalized in the minds of everyone: being busy working from sunrise to sunset and making money is regarded as the ultimate objective. I feel that being satisfied with what you have is crucial since you have everything you need and may thus live a modest, hassle-free life.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Most people have a prejudice- racial, religious, gender, ethnic or some other kind. But they will never admit it.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I make sure that each of my customers has a fantastic time. They come back and refer others after they’ve used my services. Because of this, my consultancy has flourished, and I am proud to be able to help so many people. I advise everyone in the business to do so.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I work on a very customized basis with my clients, and each person’s experience is unique. Because of the specifics of my services, I am required to deal with each case individually to guarantee that my customers get the finest outcome possible. I provide a wide range of holistic services to my clients, which assist them in nurturing and enhancing their physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I didn’t take my company seriously, so no one else did. When I first started, I had no grandiose goal other than to assist people. I didn’t have a clear strategy for offering my services, how to contact individuals, or how to market and sell my skills. I had to learn from experience, reading books, and other entrepreneurs to get here.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I believe the service sector has a lot of potentials to assist individuals in managing stress and living healthier lives. As the global environment becomes increasingly competitive, people are likely to have more pressure, urgency, and worry. Counseling and other related services to assist them in their lives, such as meditation and therapy, are a safe bet.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I spent it on nutritious, healthy food and spices. It is critical to have a good diet if you want to live a productive and healthy life.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
It’s all about Zoom for me. Helps me reach out to new and existing clients and provide my services from anywhere with ease.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret teaches that you have the power to create your reality by concentrating on what you want. I’ve found some excellent manifestation skills in the book that have been quite helpful in assisting me to achieve my goals. It helped me foster a positive attitude and manifest great things into my life, and I think everyone needs to know these techniques.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is, “The universe is not punishing you. It is not blessing you. It is responding to your vibration. Think happy thoughts, and happiness will come to you. Think negatively, and negativity will come to you. What we put out into the universe, we get back like an echo” by Abraham Hicks.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.