Limpopo IT guru Sherin Phihlela has turned to online life coaching and she most enjoys being able to help children.


For 13 years, Sherin worked in government but she never brushed off her first love — being a psychologist and helping others.


She is one woman who minds not only her business, but also other people's life businesses. She encourages success amongst people around her, in particular, children.

Government IT guru changes focus and excels at life coaching

Sherin Phihlela

Why life coaching?


Phihlela, who is currently an Information Technology (IT) adviser for the Limpopo Government Treasury, helps individuals build their self esteem by breaking old habits and building new ones.


Phihlela does life one-on-one life coaching, group coaching, kids coaching and online coaching.


She said her other job is to teach people why their visions are important.


"You must have a purpose in life. Your life story is very important and I make it my business. Your voice matters to you and everybody around you," said Sherin.


This mother of a nine-year-old boy told The South African that from her childhood, she always wanted to be a psychologist because she loved knowing and understanding what is in people's minds.


"But unfortunately she didn't make it to study psychology because of some unforeseen circumstances. This is the reason I chose something closer to psychology — life coaching," she explained.


Sherin, who was born and bred in Polokwane, started coaching people about life in 2014 before registering her private practice, First Love Yourself (FLY).


She helps people deal with their lives and mind's crises.


"The human mind is my business," she said.


Sherin said she was once stuck in her life too, about other life obstacles, but she pulled herself through.


"I studied something I didn't want, Information Technology, but I built myself up around that. I am now doing programming for a government institution and I'm also an IT technician and business analyst. It was after I got this job that I decided to take life coaching," she said.


She said her company, First Love Yourself, also does events and lifestyle management.


And why life coaching for children?


She said, "Kids are in a place where nothing is impossible. They are ready to absorb anything and everything. Their minds are too fresh and they listen. To them every life lesson matters and they undermine nothing," she said.


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