“I just feel called to be both an empowerment coach and an entrepreneur, creating things that will create a massive impact.”
There are unforgettable moments in life when you meet people who are truly enlightened. I have definitely experienced one of such moments when I met Henry Ammar. With sparkling blue eyes & a smile that perfectly matches, his energy beamed bright from across the room. Naturally, we are all drawn to individuals like this who give off energy of compassion while exuding the type of personality that you felt you’ve known all your life. Henry’s story is just as remarkable as he is, below is his exclusive interview –
How do you think having so much experience in so many different areas has helped you to become an empowerment coach?
The different experiences in my life have definitely prepared me for what I am doing now. I truly believe that everything in life, even the difficult times, prepares us for what we are meant to do. As Steve Jobs said, “We can only connect the dots looking back.” The dots have become pretty clear in my life and I am sure they will unfold in an even more incredible way.
Through my experience in music, I learned so much! It was a time in my life where so much personal growth was happening and I was constantly pushed out of my comfort zone (which is a great thing). Having been in front of so many people in big groups and individually, I would say the biggest things I learned was communication and connection. You get better with everything the more you do it, and tapping into that has been amazing. Connecting with others is the foundation in all that I do. Plus, the constant push in the music industry kept increasing my work ethic and hustle.
After my run in music, I decided to take a brief break in music and start a company. This was insane (in a way)! This was a whole new challenge. I could create all day, but running a business, driving income, and all the other madness that comes with entrepreneurship was amazing! That build a huge foundation for all that I did. We ended up growing it from Los Angeles to an international platform. It may seem glamorous, but it was both incredible and difficult. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I built such a strong foundation in business through the expansion and hustle of being an entrepreneur. When I was just a creative, I missed so much ignoring the business side of things. This brought an aspect I needed and built a foundation I create on today.
I decided to sell my shares and go to the University of Southern California (USC). The process of going to USC was an incredible experience. Since I did not have the best grades and USC was a top university in the nation, my chances were terrible. The counselor at the community college I was at and a USC admissions officer told me I would never get in. long story short, I got in. (Never listen to people who diminish your dreams!!!)
I then went into real estate. That seems random, but I wanted to build buildings. I love to create. I am not a “sit in an office” kind of guy, but this was a great experience. Working at one of the top firms in the country with an amazing team on projects that had many, many commas and zeros was definitely expanding for me. I have always been a big dreamer, but big projects became familiar as I just got used to being a part of deals that were hundreds of millions of dollars at a time. Using all of the principles of success that I had learned, I became the Director of Investments for the $2b real estate company in just three years. I have big dreams, so being a part of such big projects made it seem so much more possible to lead the companies I will create to higher levels because of it.
From the time of my music career all the way to now, I have always found a way to empower others in whichever industry I was in. I first had to learn to empower myself. The better that I was, the more I was able to empower others and succeed in whatever I did. I kept investing time, energy, and money into myself seeing the fruits of it in my career, relationships, confidence, finances, and all the other areas of my life.
Then, in 2015, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and sitting with her in the hospital for 10-12 hours, it made me ask questions that would change the direction of my life. Even though I had the ocean view office overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica, CA, I had the sexy title and, a very comfortable life, I knew there was more that I was supposed to give the world. It had a way of reminding me that I live this one life and I knew that I wanted to say that I gave it all back and put it all on the table when it was my time. I wanted to give the world all that was inside of me. Combining my experiences in the entertainment industry, entrepreneurship, corporate world, education, empowerment, and the journey through them all, I realized it has put me in a perfect place to create the vision I have had in my heart. That is what brought me to create MakeItHappen.Life and to make a bigger impact through the empowerment programs/coaching that I do. It has been perfect in preparing me for what I was truly meant to do and what I truly want.
Was your music life different from your business life?
I realized early on that I had to learn the business side of things. There was a time where I was performing for a stadium of 20,000, had a commercial that was playing in Europe for a major brand, and touring in music performing with some of the top names, yet was making barely any money. At the time, it was a dream come true. I was “living the dream” while someone else was making money off of me. Even though I LOVED the experience, I had to learn to add business savvy to my creativity.
I ended up starting a business (I dive into things…lol). There are some major differences and similarities. As an artist/creative, it served me really well in business. I was able to get super creative with marketing. As someone who had communicated through tens of thousands of people individually and at a time, I learned to really connect with people. Business is all about people and making sure we add value and connect. That is the same with music both as a performer and a songwriter. You take someone’s time and in order for them to hear it or come to your show, you have to connect with them and add value to them. They are exchanging time they will never get back to hear your music or come to your performance. The principles of business can overlap in a major way. As an artist though, I had to learn the entrepreneur’s way. I had to do things I never did as an artist. I had to learn to create income streams, manage teams, and expanding into international territories, deal with the administrative and business side of things. Even though we experience these things in the music industry, as an artist, I just wrote the music, showed up, and performed. It was an amazing experience. It is always good for artists to understand the business of their brand/talent.
In what ways did your music life help you get to where you are today?
I have always had a love for people. Music gave me a platform to meet and be in front of a diverse group and see the world in such an incredible way. One example of a very diverse experience was when we had just finished performing at the 20,000 sold out venue in Puerto Rico to a younger crowd opening for a Disney star and then immediately flying to Las Vegas to open for Naughty by Nature. The audiences were so different in their reception and energy, yet both amazing in their own way. I developed such a strong love for people and got so much stronger in my communication and connection with others. My character was also developed as I had to put myself out there, face so many fears/nerves, and learn to be myself in a world that wants you to be someone else. I had to step out of my comfort zone in many ways and allow myself to be judged, learning that no one validates me. We grow so much as we step out of our comfort zone.
You went straight into work right after graduating from the University of Southern California. What motivated you to start right away?
The best way to learn anything is by doing. It is uncomfortable many times, but the best way to learn and get there. I wanted to be the best at it so I dove in. I always say: Do > Learn > Become > Win. When we do, we learn, when we apply what we learn, we become better. When we become what it takes to be successful at what we desire, we win. Not much can replace actually getting our hands dirty. We cannot be afraid of “failing.” I didn’t always get it right, but I learned and got to where I was headed quicker. I jumped right in.
What was it like working in real estate and managing over $2 billion dollars, especially right after college?
I grew over the period of three years to become the Director of Investments. I helped oversee the portfolio in one way or another. It was amazing. I got to work on buying some huge projects, seeing many commas and zeros. For me, it was incredible to be entrusted with some big projects with a lot of money on the line. We had an amazing team as well and that was an incredible experience as well. Surrounding myself with super smart people and being able to sit on the table in such important conversations was such a beautiful experience. I am grateful for the experience and it has expanded me in so many ways.
What made you decide to become an empowerment coach?
It is my calling. I just feel called to be both an empowerment coach and an entrepreneur, creating things that will create a massive impact.
I have seen so many changes in myself. I used to be passive, insecure, care so much about what others thought, and had so many limiting beliefs that held me back. Early on, I started noticing others that were confident, happy, wealthy, and in great relationships. I had to learn what it took to step into those things inside me. I started reading a ton of books, interviewing people (from Forbes list to random confident people), and spent so much money on seminars/retreats/certifications. It was amazing! The more you get to know me, you will see that I am obviously not passive anymore. I have developed a crazy confidence and clarity in my life.
As I have applied everything I have learned to people and businesses, I have seen some amazing things happen.
Teams would win national titles, people would overcome things they have been working on their whole lives, helped people get their dream jobs in a timeframe they never thought possible, and so much more. Most importantly, I have seen people stop settling for what life brings and actually create lives they are actually excited to wake up for, understanding and tapping into the power inside of themselves on a higher level than they thought. It lights me up and brings me so much happiness. My passion lies in using my gifts, talents, and experience to empower others. I am grateful.
What training did you have to go through to become certified in life coaching?
In addition to the official certification, life has a way of certifying you if you allow it. The week I quit my job, I went away for almost a month to San Diego, CA to be immersed in and take a deep dive into powerful techniques such as NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). I studied at Bennett Stellar University to be officially certified and have worked as a coach for Tony Robbins’ Global Youth Leadership Summit. I also make sure I learn something new every single day.
The better I am, the more value I can add.
You are a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and have been published in Forbes. What was that like?
I felt honored to be recognized by an amazing authority in leadership. I grew up reading Forbes and learning from the pages of the Forbes magazine. To be a part of that community is awesome!
MakeItHappen.Life is an amazing tool to help people become their best self and achieve their goals. How do you feel knowing you are making a change in peoples’ lives every single day?
Thank you! There is such a beautiful feeling when you know that you were able to make a difference in someone’s life. Knowing that, because you lived, someone else’s life was better. We all have the ability to use our talents, experiences, and strengths to create something to make a change in peoples’ lives. Every person is unique with their own experiences, talents, gifts and could affect peoples’ lives in their own unique way. I encourage everyone to step into that and find a way to own who they are, what they have, and give the world themselves fully and powerfully.
We are creating some incredible things for MakeItHappen.Life. I am so excited for what is coming next.
Did you have any experiences growing up that helped you get to where you are today?
Absolutely. My family had $200 in their pocket before I was born and they worked so hard to keep a roof over our head and food on the table. I learned early on the value of hard work. That has stayed with me forever. Anyone that knows me see how hard I work. Sometimes, it’s a little crazy. Haha! I do take care of myself though. I think it is important to work hard and also keep a strong sense of purpose and care for yourself and loved ones. I also developed some limiting beliefs due to my family’s situation that brought insecurity, passiveness, a financial glass ceiling, and so many more. Having them and overcoming them made me realize that we don’t have to settle for the way things are. It makes me realize that the past does not equal your future and we can develop a strong liberation internally that can accelerate every area of our lives. The struggle and resolve to overcome them is what makes me so passionate to give that to others. If I could do it, anyone can. It is a beautiful feeling that we all could feel. No matter where we are in life, we can find peace, happiness, success, and confidence. The future is ours and the power is there. My experiences prepared me for what I am doing now. I believe that we can use all of our experiences, good and difficult, to build us up and give back to the world in a much greater way.