With these six learning points and perhaps several more, I boldly took steps with the IUPS in 2010. It was clear to me, as early as 2005, that I would be creating my own approach to coaching. I knew this required long-term research and experimentation, and every step of the way, I was able to submit my findings and learnings to the IUPS. From the useful feedback and validation that I received from sound minds—professors in the field of knowledge which I am in, I knew that my ideas and creations were sound. This is the main reason why I went ahead with my university studies with the IUPS, despite being fully aware that they are not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
For the record, the work I had to put into my PhD dissertation was agonising. It took me two years to decide on the thesis of my research, and another two years to know enough about another field of knowledge that I wanted to incorporate into my field of expertise (NLP). During this period of four years, I had to find the right academic coach to teach me about how to conduct my research and write my dissertation, and throughout, I was still wrestling with time. It was the COVID-19 pandemic that gave me a break from work to complete my research. This was followed by five more months of writing and re-writing to complete the dissertation manual.