Meaningful work can hardly be considered work at all. Isn’t that everyone’s dream – to feel like you’re not working, but just doing the thing you love on a daily basis? David Fichman is an entrepreneur who set out to find what makes him happy. In his quest, he realized he had to create his own happiness.
He did so by founding a program and company he named Bootcamp. They help people through both social and psychological issues at Bootcamp. David Fichman helps people deconstruct their issues, and their bad habits, so they can build better lives, both personally and professionally. “We have individual consultations, create videos, and promote values that we feel encapsulate our message”, Fichman says of Bootcamp. It’s a program that helps people overcome personal obstacles where they are ultimately supported in becoming the best version of themselves:
“We follow a disciplined, strict moral code to really deconstruct the issues of those who come to us for help,” Fichman says. “We believe this is a more effective way to create profound change, but it requires a strict, clearly defined rubric of how to improve,” he says. Fichman is committed to his company because he loves helping others. He wants to share the knowledge and insight he has gained throughout his own life:
“There are people out there who need help and have nowhere else to turn to. These individuals come from different walks of life and have either failed, or become saturated in their personal lives, relationships, friendships, or careers. They come to our industry to seek guidance and hope,” says Fichman. Clients go through David Fichman’s program for support – but they come out with strategies for a successful future. Fichman teaches how to live a fulfilling life by utilizing emotional tools. For example, he teaches people to “know yourself,” “learn when and why to say yes or no,” and “develop a hobby,” says Fichman.
David Fichman doesn’t spout all of this unknowingly – not only does he use the tools himself, but he was there once too – alone, hoping for a better future for himself. The difference for Fichman is that he had the focus and motivation to keep going, but not everyone does. Fichman grew up often feeling like an outcast. Sports, girls, and school weren’t the things that caught his focus like they did for others. He was often bored, dissatisfied with the status quo. He thought it all monotonous and always wanted something more out of life. “I never quite felt as though my calling in life was to pursue these traditional avenues of success”, he admits.
So, instead of the traditional route, Fichman strayed and took his future into his own hands. After high school, he worked for one of the top real estate agencies in Australia, but it didn’t last. After just 6 months, he left real estate and worked for a media company where he quickly moved into management and oversaw 25 employees. Leading a company was something he loved because he was able to train and coach others, but it still wasn’t enough. “A paycheck will never bring me the same happiness and fulfillment as hearing the words ‘you have changed my life,” Fichman explains.
That’s when he was moved to start something he knew he would love: Bootcamp. His company gives him the opportunity to do what he loves everyday. He changes people’s lives. “What excites me most is the thought that I can love every moment of my work and make a significant change to the world, rather than just money. It borders on addiction to hear the words ‘you have changed my life,” Fichman explains.