Over the last 15 years, I have been a professional athlete (Mixed Martial Arts), an entrepreneur, I have lost count of all the times where I found life to be a struggle and felt that I had to master putting on a brave face. I accepted that my feeling low was normal, being stressed and burnt out was just part of life. That life was meant to be hard and that I should just ‘get on with it’.
This could not have been further from the truth. Not only did I discover that these bullshit beliefs belonged to a conditioned society and not to me, but it also became clear to me that these tough times were an opportunity/sign that I needed to make a change.
I’ve spent the last 8 years doing “The Work” on my personal development. From spending hours on end reading books on spirituality and self-help, to meditating in silence with monks in the mountains of Java. From attending countless workshops and talks about all things life to attending ancient Amazonian plant medicine ceremonies in the jungle. I have traveled, I have lived, and I now love that I am able to use the years I have dedicated to this to assist others in supporting them through their mental barriers and help guide them towards figuring out what the next steps are.
I believe knowing what interests people can give us a little bit of an insight to their psyche. It allows you to get a little closer to the person which is why I have included it in here, so in no specific order.
Music – My eclectic nature is extremely prominent in my music taste, from electronic to live bands and nearly everything in between, my Spotify playlist is one to be reckoned with… In my opinion.
Quantum Physics/Mechanics – I am far from being a physicist but our very existence fascinates me… Why are we here? How are we here? Learning/trying to learn about this stuff really does excite me and a pleasure to explore.
Spirituality – I see this and the quantum world very similarly, it’s just semantics. So depending on what side of the fence you sit on, there’s usually a scientific answer for the spiritual experiences you may have. It is through the spiritual practices that I have incorporated into my life over the years that I have been able to view and approach situations differently.
From a place of calm, understanding, acceptance, and love, I am able to relate and lose judgment of people, situations and myself. I am no guru, but this acknowledgment humbles me and keeps me being a student of life.
Martial Arts – Mixed Martial Arts to be specific. I love it, the competition, the skill needed to compete at the highest level, the dedication needed to succeed, the heart needed to survive… all of these aspects draw me to this (some would say brutal) sport. After competing at a high level myself for many years, and having an insight into the mindset behind these athletes, I understand that the buzz, the thrill, and the entertainment value that the ‘modern-day-gladiator’ provides.
Other top topics – I ran a creative agency for a number of years so I enjoy and appreciate design and most things creative. Also entrepreneurism/Startup culture, travel and last but not least, nature.