About Mark

Most of us will have, or known someone who has, endured remarkably challenging events in their lives; some have championed them and gone onto enjoy fulfilling and happy lives, others are not with us today.

Life has an unwavering ability to give us an array of amazing experiences and yet, in a heartbeat break us down to our core.

From drowning (and being revived), to life-changing health issues and a broken marriage. Leaving home at 15, moving countries and starting with nothing to failed businesses and financial devastation, to losing a father much too early and seeing friends find solace in suicide.

And This Is Just Part Of The Story…

Ultimately in my mid-20’s, I managed to establish myself in the world although lacked a real direction or purpose in life; I felt like I didn’t fit in to what society offered. Nevertheless, I stuck with it and at the time, this didn’t seem relevant – I was happy enough.

During these years, I lost a friend to cancer and another to suicide, I lived in four countries, went back to University and got a degree in a subject I wasn’t passionate about, emigrated to Australia and rebuilt the bridges with my father. From 30-40 I started several businesses in a number of different arenas, some worked, some didn’t. One devastated me financially and took 7 years to claw my way back to where I was before. I got married and divorced.

The business and the marriage break up, while not simultaneous, shattered me emotionally and physically. I was desperate, had suicidal thoughts but was too proud (and scared) to talk about it. While I managed to get through it, I was unknowingly scarred and never dealt with the emotional issues that tortured me for so long.

Over the next ten years, I built two new small businesses and then married the person I considered my soul-mate; I had never been happier. During this time, I discovered free-diving and while no depth expert, I found great enjoyment and passion for breathwork and the health benefits outside of diving. It helped with realising what my body could accomplish; usually so greatly held back by the mind. I started teaching breath-hold techniques to build confidence in the water, both for adults and kids, which continues today.

While the businesses continue to do well, without realising the ‘signs’, my marriage ended abruptly and uncontrollably. This took me to a whole new level of pain and despair. With the loss of my marriage I knew that I was unlikely to have a family of my own, whatever that might look like and I had no vision or sense of purpose. I lived in my car for a period as I didn’t want to be around people and didn’t speak to a soul about it. For me, I’d hit rock bottom.

In this anguish and the darkest of thoughts, I made a decision. I was either going down a very bad path which I wasn’t sure I’d be able to come back from, or I was going to evaluate all aspects of my life, how I viewed the world and where I belonged in it; I made the choice to truly live.

It was a simple choice but one that took a mountain of resilience, vulnerability and ongoing self-reflection and learning over several years, to find a new purpose and direction in life, and it went way beyond even that. 

Throughout this time, while fulfilling a significant resource for many, a traditional counsellor and psychologist wasn’t what I needed. I didn’t want an academically educated ‘ear’ as I felt they couldn’t actually relate to what I was going through. I wanted someone who had been through the same pain and not only come out the other side, but had found some way of growing as a result.

I came to understand the emotional barriers, social conditioning and ego driven behaviours that hold so many of us back from realising our true potential.

We All Need a Lighthouse to Guide Us

And so… I started a journey that had no destination; a constant journey of living in the ‘now’. In doing so, I have found an overwhelming sense of physical and emotional strength, single-minded purpose and a ‘lighter’ and more positive approach to life. 

I made a decision from that day forward to immerse myself in studying all I could about self-development, mindset, the neuroscience behind long-lasting change and human behaviour. I studied numerous coaching courses across different modalities, read dozens of books, put many concepts into practice and adapted others to suit my needs. I sought out people to talk to who inspired change, my holistic counsellor and took a hard look internally at who I wanted to become and how I saw my purpose in life.

Over time my own discoveries and personal change, brought my wife and I back together, which I could never have predicted; our first child is due in a few weeks. I owe this to the process I went through and being more open than I’ve ever been to truly change my mindset and behaviour; the results are outstanding when you find a purpose and clear direction.

As my wife says, we all need a lighthouse to guide us, but it’s not the destination. Life is about finding out who we are, how we can evolve and how we can give back. We all need momentum and purpose, otherwise we’re simply drifting through time.

Our mentoring and coaching programs will not only help you through the hardest of times but introduce you to ideas, resources and tools to look at life from a different perspective and set yourself on a path to truly finding out who you are, what you want from your life and actionable means to make it happen.

I find myself thankful of the challenges and heartbreak over the years; I wouldn’t have been able to see myself and the world I live in so differently without them. To have a purpose, true understanding of one’s self and the skills to not get lost in the dogma of society and ego, is enlightening. I hope that some of what I’ve learnt and my experiences, can help others navigate the challenging times and show them there is a path to grow from the darkness.


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