Hi, my name is Tahmid Chowdhury, and I am a transformational coach and writer. I drive positive change.
I believe in the power of humans to shift the status quo. We do this by harnessing the power of difference – difference of ideas, background and thought. This makes us stronger.
We are held back by our structures around us, which stop us from changing the world. Whether that be the organisations around us, societal expectations or our own beliefs about ourselves.
I coach people to overcome the challenges they face to make the world a better place.
I write a weekly newsletter, based upon personal development, diversity & inclusion and organisational culture. I host the podcast ‘Behind the Suit and Tie’, where I speak to people from different walks of life to ask them more about their lives, interests and what their personal motivations are.
Outside of work, I love to travel and learn languages. I speak English, French and Spanish. I am currently taking weekly classes to learn Bengali. To wind down I also do yoga (when I get the chance!)
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- Curbing the need for social media dopamine hitsYesterday, I used my phone so much that my thumb started hurting. Not that it stopped me, I simply switched hands so I could continue tapping away. But if it’s getting to the point that holding a phone is starting to hurt, that’s probably a as obvious a warning sign as any. Connecting with people can be very fun, and I’ve been doing it more so than ever. But I’ve been finding that this thirst only gets stronger the more I consume. So when I stop getting messages, my body gives me a feeling of anxiety. This is the definition of an addiction.
- Overcoming the guilt of standing up for yourselfOver the last few weeks, I’ve been speaking quite a lot around the subject of raising issues to the people around me. I actually had something in my personal life – I felt uncomfortable with something around a social gathering. But I also felt very uncomfortable around causing a fuss for other people. The truth is that it’s never really comfortable to raise an issue.
- Navigating the moral dilemma of buying new thingsI finally bought a new phone. This was after five years since purchasing the last one. I previously had a decent android which worked well. The battery started to fail me, but I got that replaced last year. When I did that, It actually felt like a new phone. But by late last year it started to fail. Some internal overheating error meant it stopped charging at all. I basically had a phone that I could only use if it was plugged in. The ‘mobile’ part of mobile phone was lost. So this week was time I finally upgraded. Yet, I had a moral quandary here. After all, the constant purchasing of new phones is one of the most obvious examples of needless materialistic waste.