What do you hope to articulate to the audience at the IMD event?
That we are all the same. That the feelings and thoughts I have are similar or the same as all of us and it’s perfectly OK, it’s called being human.
What drives you to where you are today?
I can see by interrupting my story, it is possible to be the man I truly want to be, it can still be tough, having being behaviourally repetitive for so long means there are times and moments where I am still challenged to ensure I change my story so the outcome is different. It’s a constant awareness of getting myself out of the way from my growth. By this I mean, not letting my self-doubt, insecurities such as dictate how powerful I will be in this world and for this world.
What tools, do you think, every Australian man needs to fine tune to be a balanced, well-rounded, happy human being?
Of course the default answer is books, courses and much more. We have access to so much information, however, as men we are still struggling at times to advance toward fulfilling what we dream to be…I think two of the biggest tools we can use are: Listening and then auctioning.
Why should people register to this event?
Registering for this event will enable you to experience passionate ordinary men who are sharing real-life stories about their challenges and triumphs in how to be, what you want to be.
What does the IMD event offer to participants that makes it different to other events aimed at men?
We need to line our words and actions more powerfully than we have even done.
What concerns you the most with the physical, mental and spiritual health of Australian men?
Through listening we gain insight into alternative ways of living life, traditionally, to be happy and healthy, we may have gone on a diet and watched some happy movies. There are so many more effective and powerful ways to be and stay in a balanced, healthy, happy state of mind through activities like yoga, meditation, reading, hobby groups, self-assessment, surrounding yourself with different people, enraging with people of similar life experience that want to positively look at life and not live in the past. It also gives you the opportunity to expand your networks to connect with these men and share ideas and experiences.
What advice/top three tips can you recommend to Australian men to better themselves in the short term and long term?
The difference with IMD is that we are creating an event that gives you access and connection to the speakers and team at IMD. We are encouraging inclusiveness on an intimate level, with understanding and intention of where men are at in life and who they can be in life.
My biggest concerns for men in Australia, is regardless of the help and information available to live a successful life, our suicide rates are at an all-time high. This indicates within men’s mindset that when things are not working out, part of our strategy to an outcome is to suicide. It is this conversation that we need to recreate so men can see that there are steps and support that will enable them to overcome their circumstances.
Change the conversation you are having with yourself about yourself, knowledge yourself for all the good you do. Picture yourself encouraging others, but have that conversation with yourself. Start a plan through self-conversation about decreasing/eliminating alcohol, drug, and gambling, risky behaviour. For Example: start telling yourself literally, I need to stop this, I need to change this, change your conversation in this space. Access who you get advice from and who you associate with. There are some people you no longer need to be connected too because of the negative impact they have on your life. Declare to people what you want to be and ask them to support you.
After the IMD event, what will guests walk away with?
Guests will leave empowered with an understanding that there is ways to be successful and impact the world in a positive way.
What has been the foundation of your passions and successes in your life so far?
Be true to yourself, authenticity.