I HAVE spent my entire professional life investigating the intersection between personal development (self-awareness, self-mastery) and holistic success in business and in life. My core approach to that has been practical, meaning I’ve gone out and tested whatever I learned.
An encounter with a psychologist in my early 20s led me to change tack and follow my passion for writing. I became an award-winning journalist and magazine editor. From there I stayed abreast of the shift to online media technologies and moved into the Internet start-up space. During that time, I experienced the power of coaching, and so I trained as a coach and, while setting up my practice, spent five years also training coaches in the same methodology.
Having practised meditation since my 20s, I learned about Vipassana meditation at age 40, and signed up for the full 10-day silent retreat, where you sit for 10 hours a day. (Vipassana meditation is an ancient practice used and taught by Gautama the Buddha, and provides the foundation for modern mindfulness.) Through Vipassana I learned objective observation of my own mind and of reality, and gained insights that inform all the work I do today—insights that I’ve tested in my own business and personal life. I have continued to practice it daily ever since.
At home, I’m a father, a fitness junkie and health nut, and a DIY pro. (I literally have thought about starting a YouTube channel and turning pro!) I enjoy watching sports, movies and series. I also enjoy reading, art shows and have a broad range of musical tastes. Oh, and I’m a whizz when it comes to WordPress websites. I’ve designed and developed many, including this one. (OK, I rely on a developer to do the real deep tech stuff.)
Above it all, I’m passionate about personal transformation and developing conscious leadership!