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Opening Closed Doors

Everybody has a story. Your story matters

Opening Closed Doors is a podcast about life journeys. Inspiring conversations with people who have chosen to open a closed door and shut another behind them. Stories of rejection to appreciation, loss to discovery, pain to purpose.

Everyone has a story and everybody's story matters.

Everyone has a story that will resonate, inspire and educate.

Certified holistic life coach, Sophia Nicholls, is the host of the show. She  is an international speaker with over 20 years in leadership and advocacy. As the host, Sophia Nicholls will guide you through these inspiring stories.

If you would like to work with Sophia towards achieving your purpose and life goals, book a free 20 min 121 discovery call. Follow this link 

Aug 17, 2022

Listeners will be inspired by the 'Giant Thinker' Ram Castillo, Design Director, 2 x Author, Speaker, CreativeLive Instructor, Business Coach, Certified Chair and Approved Advisor based in Sydney.

The unconditional love of his mother, commitment and resilience of his father and the legacy of his grandmother is apparent in his passion and mission. Ram thinks deeply and intentionally about his self-development and the personal development of others. He is prepared to open doors and do what to takes to achieve his goals. He relates an experience:

‘Not a formally trained author. Never a writer never formally trained speaker, public speaking wise, wasn't formally trained in a lot of things. I was formally trained in design, which I finished in 2004. Completed design, college and I went on to start at Ogilvy in 2005, which is one of the world's biggest advertising marketing agencies in the world but I started in the mailroom.

'Okay, now I finished a scholarship. I finished my qualification under scholarship as well. And everyone was like, why are you doing that? You're better than that. In my head, I'm like no, this is the best move that I could ever make. I can meet 350 people in the first week in this company, and I was right I punted, right. It was that springboard to launch my entire career, the people capital, the equity in the relationships. I was willing to literally change light bulbs, yes, order printer toner stock, the fridges do people's dry cleaning….'

 He shares the Triple A method for self-development – Awarenesss, Acceptance and Action

  • Awareness –
    • Knowing where you sit and what is contributing to what you are experiencing.
    • Exploration revealing bias blind spots.
    • Are you ready to an alternative outcome?
    • What has got you here will not get you there.
    • Start small
    • Shift yourself talk conversation – ‘I’ve not been able to do that yet’
  • Acceptance –
    • Do you agree or disagree with what you have just been made aware of?
    • Are you re-affirming?
    • The work by Biron Katy - The work
    • Could the opposite of your belief be true?
    • Do you know for certain that it is true?
    • Fact, feeling or opinion
  • Action – Act with the trust and compassion

Ram coaches leaders ‘Getting unstuck through design thinking’. He asks the important questions to know the most important problems to solve and how to explore the options.

Key take away

Accessing your beliefs ‘Keep your head in the clouds but keep your feet on the ground’.

‘More more more equals better, better, better? No. See, I don't believe that. It's not actually about doing more. It's about doing the right things in the right order’


Ram Castillo is a Design Director, 2 x Author, Speaker, CreativeLive Instructor, Business Coach, Certified Chair and Approved Advisor based in Sydney.

His current focus is to help business owners, entrepreneurs, leaders and organisations get unstuck, lightning fast through coaching, consulting and advisory. He specialises in design thinking, creative strategy, digital marketing and branding.

For 16 years Ram has been working for global agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, DDB, JWT, McCann and Saatchi & Saatchi on clients such as Audi, McDonald’s, Qantas, Telstra, Google, AMEX, CBA, Toyota and The Louis Vuitton Group.

He's been featured in Apple,, GE, Communication Arts, HOW magazine, CreativeLive, Herman Miller, VIVID festival and The American Institute of Design.

Some may know Ram from his Podcast; Giant Thinkers – which has hit #3 on iTunes in over 5 countries and currently has 250,000 active listeners.

Previous interviews include Kelly Slater, Kevin O’Leary, Naomi Simson, Janine Allis, Reynold Poernomo, Stephanie Rice, Jules Lund, Chase Jarvis, Prince Ea, Lewis Howes and Debbie Millman.

His podcast is part of an initiative to provide advice for designers, creatives and entrepreneurs to navigate towards their desired outcomes via


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Sophia is a transformational Life Coach. Through coaching Sophia inspires and empowers her clients, to move from limiting beliefs to a life of purpose and passion.

She provides spaces for self-discovery, changing perspective and clarity to move from self-sabotage to self-love & purpose, opening doors into the life you truly desire.

If you would like Sophia to help move you from the challenges and self - limiting beliefs through the opportunity open doors of self-discovery and purpose book a free 30 min call: