My parents were both Psychiatric nurses so I grew up within the grounds of the hospital they worked in. My curiosity into human interaction was sparked at a very young age, when I witnessed the various behaviour of the residents of the psychiatric hospital I grew up in, many of whom wandered down to my family home, looking for cigarettes. Such experiences have cultivated my sense of humour, which I believe is an essential business and life tool. Being surrounded by lunacy in my former years was my preparation for the sometimes crazy world that we live in.
After 2 years in catering and another 2 years in banking, I started my nurse training in 1992, via my second year working as a counsellor at American Summer Camps. Since then I have worked in 4 continents, always enjoying adventure and discovery of new places, people and cultures.
I started my nurse training as a fit young man with a desire to help others feel good. At the time I was a part-time fitness instructor, exercising 6 days a week. A total of 10-15 hours of full-out exercise a week. Within one year of nurse training, I was drinking, smoking and learning about how drugs can help with almost any health condition.
Training teams and mentoring students in people skills, resilience and public speaking has been a recurrent theme throughout all of my careers. Working with the ill and the dying during my time as a nurse made me question what really matters in life and in business. So many people only truly question the bigger picture meaning of their businesses and lives when it’s too late to do much about it.
Taking these lessons into my own life I decided to embark upon a global adventure in my twenties and thirties. I would save money working as a nurse for nine months and travel for the other three. During my career, I also worked as a manager in an Irish bar/restaurant in Koh Samui, Thailand for a while, and spent another year working and travelling Australia. When I reached my forties it was time to start life as an entrepreneur with no idea of what that meant or any training in business. It was a slow start with plenty of hard lessons!
From working with thousands of people with health and business challenges I believe there is a Lunatic Gene that can cause you temporary insanity. This causes some people to go on and change the world, doing incredible things that many did not believe were possible. However, it causes others to not fare quite so well. They often end up in hospital.
This usually starts with thinking about things that are not working in business and life, this usually leads to a stress response, which when repeated often can manifest in a health challenge. This often leads to a decrease in motivation, productivity and enjoyment of work and life.
Now I help others to understand how to channel seeming lunacy into its most beneficial manifestation.
I have helped thousands of people with physical and mental health challenges. My role is often to get to the heart of the issue. This varies wildly from person to person. Life and experience has taught me this. Most people struggle with the head/heart battle that can occur. I help people to connect to their heart through mentoring, speaking and training experiences.
I have a keen sense of adventure has led me to witness riots, flash floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and a gathering of Witch Doctors. I have been lost in a jungle, faced local tribesmen running towards me with a machete and been pursued by potential robbers on a moped, armed with an AK-47. This has led me to believe that the human body is capable of exceptional feats when the prospect of death becomes a reality. I was a little bit foolish in my former years!
The search for meaning in life when death becomes a reality is something that was recurrent with my experiences. These days, the importance of purpose in business and life underpins all wellbeing. These days I ask people the difficult questions about their purpose in business to help them feel better, get funded and grow their businesses.
I make no judgements about anyone doing anything as long as it does not harm others or the planet. I also believe we all have The Lunatic Gene. At the height of discovering my Lunatic Gene traits, I was adventuring around the world to some of the most dangerous places I could find to see them for myself. This has led to a few brushes with death and an enhanced appreciation of life.
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