Life coach empowers with book on seven-year cycles

A PORT Elizabeth career and life coach has given new meaning to the seven ages of man by using seven-year cycles to approach change and development in her new book on challenges and opportunities at all ages.

Biographical and motivational consultant Dr Janin Vansteenkiste will host book discussions on A Lifetime of Personal Power at Arkenstone guest house tomorrow night at 6pm.

She will repeat the session for those interested in developing their careers again on Tuesday March 11 at the same Mill Park venue.

“In this cahier (French for, note or exercise book) I have used seven-year cycles to sub-divide one’s development as they undergo crucial stages of their lives,” said Vansteenkiste, who is affectionately known as Dr Janin.

According to this Belgium-born life enthusiast “our landscape changes every seven years”, with seven periods typical for reaching out and building something, while others require consolidation and maintenance. She aims to help readers better understand life’s flow of challenges and opportunities.

Having started out as a lecturer in medical sociology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, she lectured sociological theory and research methodology at the University of the Free State and University of South Africa, before moving to Port Elizabeth to lecture in organisational transformation at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

She later became an organisational consultant.

A Lifetime of Personal Power is her second book, with the first, Leaders on a Bridge to

Tomorrow , which she said had helped “position” her in the market.

Although life has no manual, Vansteenkiste said if there was, “this book would be a good one”. “Throughout life, as we get older each new stage holds potential for a new level or a new aspect in our development. As we empower ourselves, we add life to our years. We also add on our leadership qualities that benefit others,” she said.

She breaks down a career into seven-year stages in the book:

21-28 Explorer;

28-35 Organiser;

35-42 Cocooner;

42-49 Innovator;

49-56 Leader;

56-63 Mountaineer.

The cost to attend each talk is between R170 and R200, this will include a welcome drink, light supper and informal discussions with Vansteenkiste. For further information contact (041) 367-2223 or

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