I was born and raised in the UK. In Dec 1977, when I was 8 years old, I had a life changing experience... I watched Star Wars Episode IV, I had no idea back than what an impact that movie would have on my beliefs about life and outlook on life.
My love of movies continued and led my interest in drama, acting, costumes around the age of 10-14. However, life choices and circumstance took me towards education and early career in engineering. But, as it turned out I was a mediocre engineer, but way better dealing with people.
I met my now wife in Nov 1991, it was love at first light as we were celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, the day we met.
Right after graduation in 1992, I saw a motivational speaker and felt a calling to speak on stage...but it took another 19 years to overcome my limiting beliefs and step onto the stage as a professional speaker... and I kinda sucked the first time!
As a speaker, I am known for my cast of charismatic characters 'Motivenger', that appear on stage with me to teach content that relates to that character. People don't tend to remember content, but they rarely forget the characters, and thus, they recall the key teachings of the content.
We moved to Chicago, USA in 1997, and moved to San Diego in 2000. In a 2010 our immigration lawyer screwed up our application and told us we had to leave the USA. On July 4th 2010, Independence day we (I say we, but really it was my wife Yoggi), started to declutter and organize our life. We sold, donated, trashed 95% of the things we owned. In September 2010, I left the US with 4 red duffel bags, 3 laptops, 2 daughters, 1 when and embarked on what became a 5-year global travelventure... and the best 5 years of our life to date!
Over the past decade, I have spoken to and trained 1000s of entrepreneurs and business owners all over the world. I have conducted a few thousand of one-on-one coaching and consulting sessions. When you have that many conversations, you learn a few things along the way.
Today, I help and advise entrepreneurs and business owners on how to be more efficient (best use of time), and with aligned planning and productivity through a group coaching program and outsourcing, especially with their followup process... not that glamorous, but something I wish I had done better during my career as an entrepreneur.
My daughter once asked me, "Dad, what are you good at?". I pondered her question for a couple of minutes and replied, "Being a Dad". That's been the greatest blessing and gift of this life.