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So it’s a catchy title, and it sounds harsh… but it’s the truth.  In this article I am going to share why I tell people, “ DO NOT MOVE TO ISRAEL FROM AMERICA “.

As an English-speaking Life Coach and Career Counselor in Tel Aviv Israel, I speak with many new Olim / immigrants to Israel that want help after moving here.  Moreover, during the 12+ years that I have been living in Israel… I’ve seen many people immigrate / make Aliyah from the US and then move back to America.

First, I want to make one thing clear :

The world is a really big place, and I haven’t seen but a fraction of it.  Some people would say America is the best country in the world but I wouldn’t agree with that, because I simply don’t know enough.

Now let us continue.

Here are the reasons why you are considering moving / moved to Israel from America :

  1. You are trying to run away / escape something.
  2. You are trying to go towards a better future (perhaps for you and your family).
  3. LOVE (it’s the reason I moved here).
  4. You are a religious Jew and want to “return” to the holy land.

Here are just 4 reasons that I say, DO NOT MOVE TO ISRAEL FROM AMERICA :

  1. Israel is a VERY aggressive place, with argumentative people (it’s located in the middle-east… need I say more?).
  2. (For religious Jews) Typically, when arriving in the holy land after making Aliyah they think they’re going to experience a lot of brotherliness and spirituality while living here. I have known a few handfuls that actually have LOST part/most of their faith after moving here.  Don’t believe me?  Just go to the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem and experience the violent, conflicting energy for yourself.
  3. Overall, the people in America are MUCH more pleasant than the people in Israel.
  4. The cost of living in Israel is REALLY expensive and the government over-taxes its citizens.

So ask yourself this question :

Why are you voluntarily coming into a struggle?

If you’re already living in Israel and moved here from America :

You know exactly what I’m talking about, and you’re probably having to reframe your reality to make the decision to move here justified. 

Don’t worry, I can understand and relate with that.

In conclusion :

I will tell you from my personal advice, that I recommend you to think twice or thrice about moving to Israel.  This is because if you’re moving to Israel from the United States of America, you will be taking a step backwards and a step downwards.

If you’re currently starting from scratch in Israel, it’s going to take you a while to get on your feet.  You’re going to have to get used to the culture, and it won’t be easy for you, but after a few years you’ll settle in… hopefully.

Just don’t forget that home is where the heart is.

And ultimately, if you need help or having any questions don’t hesitate to reach out.

-Claude Massey Consulting, Always Be Growing…


My name is Claude Massey I’ve been living in Israel for 10 years, and what an adventure it has been!  Moreover, how exactly did I become a career coach in Tel Aviv, Israel?

Here is my story…

About five years ago, I had a realization. That I was put here on this planet to teach and to share the knowledge I have.

Along with that powerful revelation, I had a powerful insight: “I want to open my own consulting business”.

As the start-up capital of the world, Israel has plenty of new companies with growing English-speaking sales teams.  Therefore, with my 15+ years of experience in the field of sales, I decided to open a sales training company.

At once, I went to an accountant to file the proper paperwork to legally operate my NEW sales consulting company. Afterwards, I began to use all of my spare time (at this point I had a full-time job for a high-tech company) after work and before work creating materials and trying to acquire clients.

I knew what I had to do and whom I wanted to target. 

SalesDevelopmentIsrael.comI started cold calling companies in Tel Aviv, sending out emails, and doing everything in my power to try to generate momentum in my business .  Great news!  I was able to find my first few clients!

During my sales workshops, I would include my own personal life stories throughout.  Quite naturally, I did this and later learned along with learning many other useful tools, that this is an important part of running an effective training session.

At the conclusion of my sales training workshops, through telling stories and teaching specific sales techniques, two things would happen consistently happen:

Firstly, I would receive feedback that the sales training workshop provided massive value.  Secondly, one or two of the students in the course would privately approach me. 

They would speak with me about their struggles, not only in sales but also in life.

Then one time, a female student offered to pay me for a one-on-one sit down session outside of the office.  She asked me to help her figure out a better career path.  As a struggling entrepreneur, I accepted.  

Another student, at another company, approached me and offered to pay me for my time to help prepare him for a job interview.  Yes, he was planning to leave the sales job that he was at.

Similarly, another student from another workshop, at another company me to help them work with their confidence and being able to communicate efficiently.

This would happen again, and again.  Each person with his or her own challenge.  They knew I was not certified or professionally trained. Still, they would approach me and offer to pay me for my time.  To sit with them and help figure things out, and to give them my advice.

In addition, these first clients called me their “Life Coach” or “Career Coach“.

Moreover, I was able to help them!  At the conclusion of our 3 to 5 one-on-one sessions, they each had taken took massive steps forward towards the results they wanted.

Eventually, enough people paid me to sit down with them and called me their “Career Coach” or “Life Coach”… that I began to call myself a “Career Coach” and ”Life Coach”.

Most people set out to become a trained and certified life coach or career counselor before ever having a client.  However, I never said I wanted to be a life coach or a career counselor, this interesting and fulfilling profession came to me, literally

And that is the super-short story of how I began life coaching and career counseling in Tel Aviv Israel.

Now, 5 years later, I can say that I’m happy to say I have helped thousands of people.

I could share many stories of what it is like to be a career counselor and life coach in Israel.  In addition, I could also tell you about some adventures I’ve experienced as an American living in Israel for the last 10 years… however, I’ll save those stories for another time.

Contact Me Today with any Inquiries @ +972-052-413-5562

This article is titled: DO NOT MOVE TO ISRAEL FROM AMERICA

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