My philosophy is simple. Share the stuff I've learned and lived to help as many people as I can. Since the mid 1990s, I have been fortunate to be involved in a lot of good and and not so good shit. My mixed bag of life experiences include:
Former bodyguard to the Australian Prime Minister and other world leaders, leading complex and challenging operations both in Australia and overseas
Public sector executive
Police officer and specialist teams trainer
Team Australia athlete in an international outdoor sports & survival TV series
Living with depression
Radio presenter and some minor TV acting roles (Foxtel and Netflix)
Ironman "tri-hard" athlete
Along the way I have learnt that none of us get away without shit in our lives. It took me a long time to realise this, even with more than a few disasters, f&%k ups and shit storms thrown in. As a result, and in particular the shitshows I caused, this not only affected me but the people around me I care for and love.
My life has improved a lot since then and a big part of this has been my focus on learning how the human brain works and how to improve its performance. Our own performance and wellbeing starts with our brain.
Regardless of who I'm working with, I focus on creating a psychologically safe space for people to contribute, reflect, question and share what they're thinking and feeling. You can be guaranteed our relationship will be interactive and relaxed with humour (lots of this), helping you connect, have fun and feel at ease.
I am a member of Beyond Blue’s Speaker Bureau, sharing my story of living with depression to increase awareness, understanding and support. I've had some of my most rewarding experiences hearing from other people opening up about their own challenges and successes. I've been an endurance athlete for many years now, and I believe that managing my mental health is the toughest endurance test of my life.
Life isn't easy so we need all the support we can, including the mental skills to help ourselves and others during the good times and the bad. It's not rocket science. It's brain science.
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