The thread that runs through all my keynotes, training, coaching, workshops and writing (and everyday interactions in this world).
I deal with people and companies that actually give a damn about setting their brother and sister up for success. I practice this in my own life (not always successfully, I might add).
You won’t find me sprouting the typical motivational speakers’ refrain, “I want to make a difference in the world”.
I’ve got enough experience and humility to realise that the work I do on this planet may have zero impact. Because I know I only have control of one thing … and that’s myself.
I do a lot of inner work such as meditation, prayer and journaling. I’ve learned that if you don’t go within, you go without. ←←← you should read that sentence again.
Things are becoming clearer for me.
I use the clumsy phrase “helping you to navigate this human experience elegantly and eloquently” when I think I’m actually saying, “You Are Enough”.
You don’t really need me or any other of the motivational speakers to tell you how to conduct your life.
You already know how to do it. You know that you’re perfect as you are and that you’re enough.
Once you get this, you’ll stop competing and lose the “he/she with the most toys at the end wins” attitude.
Rather you’ll start collaborating to make sure that every one in this planet (including the planet itself) has a Human ++ experience.
I believe that I am here for the other and not myself.
My job on this planet is to make sure that I help my fellow humans succeed.
It makes sense to me that if we all give each other a hand up (not a hand out), we’ll all succeed.
Think about it, if we all had an “other” mentality, we wouldn’t have a starving child on this planet or a war either, for that matter.
But we’re far from there. Our consciousness is still very much stuck on “how much can I take for myself” and not on “how much can I give of myself”.
Oh, just in case you think I’m an altruistic, do-gooder, bunny hugging hippy who thinks he has found the answer to it all; don’t.
I’m very much in this world. I know that we all need the security piece or peace-of-mind that earning a living brings.
So, I’m all for earning a fantastic living so that we can have the toys, eat well and thrive.
But, I’ve learned not to confuse the making of money and getting stuff with fulfilment, contentment, harmony and happiness.
As my friend and mentor, the Sufi Sheikh, Ebrahim is so fond of saying, “No amount of money in your bank account will fill the hole in your chest called insecurity.”
The more we help the other, the more we help ourselves.
I’m actually so gob-smacked that I get to play on this planet every day.
I had to be pretty ingenious and competitive to elbow out 299 000 other sperm cells so that I could find the egg.
What are the odds of me being able to write this stuff for you? Clearly, 300 000 to 1.
That I get to be conscious in this existence leaves me in awe and with a deep sense of gratitude.
Every experience I have has been written to enchant me by a power that is far beyond my comprehension.
All that is required of me as payment is that I be in awe and gratitude of the magnificence that created this all for you and me.
I know I’ve been chosen for some purpose. A purpose that has yet to reveal itself to me.
But, whilst this happens, I carry on speaking and writing so that I can help me (and you) make sense of this human experience.
By the way, I don’t have a Plan B. This is what I know how to do; speak and write.
If things go to shite, that National Diploma in Public Relations is not going to get me back into the PR world as an employee.
I’m just taking my shot and hoping that I make the most of the opportunity that has been presented to me. And, every day there are new and amazing opportunities for me to be in awe and gratitude always.
Three of my favourite keynotes that are requested most often.
If you’d like me to send you a PDF document with all three of them to save you the time of looking at each one individually, pop to this page and gimme an email address and I’ll get it to you asap.
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