I want to tell you why I am here, and why I want you to join me.
I’ve always been a dreamer. I have always wanted to carve my own path.
I also felt extremely compelled to make an impact, to help make the world a better place - sounds corny I know, but that thought has never left me.
When I was young I struggled to fit in, not quite belonging anywhere. Yes, I was good at sports, and I thrived at school, but there was something missing.
I was small, cheeky, full of energy, and always had an opinion to be shared.
I remember admiring people who ignored what others said was possible, and pushed through those seemingly insurmountable barriers. These were the people that made a difference in the world...they made other people dare to dream. And that is just pure excitement right there!
Could I be like them?
That is when the self-doubt crept in. Surely, I wasn't destined for greatness, I was just a small town boy from New Zealand. I should just settle down into a normal job (like everyone kept telling me to do) and follow the path that others had chosen for me.
So, I did.
At this same time I became extremely interested in sprinting. I had always been fast, but never thought I could be a sprinter. But, my Dad was one (and a very good one at that), so I remember asking him if I should give it a go. He took me down to the local athletic track and I was hooked. The exhilaration, the buzz, that came from speed.
I did quite well, won national titles at the junior level and was even selected to represent my country. But, when I hit a few roadblocks (injuries, motivation etc) I just gave up. I was competing to show others I was good enough. Trying to prove a point to them. After a while, that became very hollow. So, at 21 I walked away from what I loved doing. Crazy huh...!
Fast forward 15 years.
I was working as a commercial negotiator and earning great money. BUT, I was bored, frustrated and struggled to settle in one role for very long. I constantly asked myself ‘Is this all there is? Is this my life now until the end? Surely there had to more to it, a greater purpose, a destiny perhaps, or a legacy?
At the same time, my best friend encouraged me to get back into sprinting. I was rather solid (nice way of saying fat, out of shape and lazy), but I decided to give it a try.
I rediscovered my love for sprinting, and questioned my career choice at the same time.
Poor timing? Quite the opposite. Feeling fit and focused in my sport (albeit I was now an ageing athlete) and that had a significant impact on my career.
I decided I wanted to start doing exactly what I wanted and show my family just how to create new possible.
This proved rather time consuming, challenging, frustrating and at times completely demoralising.
But, I looked to my sprinting for inspiration. Here I was creating new possible as an older athlete competing against all the young guys and more than holding my own. More importantly, I loved it. It made me happy. I loved my kids watching me race. I wanted that for my work.
I realised that I had learnt so much on my journey of self-discovery – as much about what didn’t work as what did – and I felt compelled to share this with others.
I discovered my vision, my purpose - A world where people challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom, and go beyond what they thought possible”
Everything suddenly made sense. I wanted to share this with as many people as I could, and empower and encourage them to break their shackles, create happiness, generate success and simply do what they want to do. This was the impact I wanted to make.
This brings us to now…
#EPICDADS is my passion...it's my mission. It's about creating more #EPICDADS that make a massive impact in all that they do - showing their kids (and anyone else that is watching) that anything's possible.
There really is nothing stopping you becoming an #EPICDAD, so join us on the journey to creating new possible!