When a journalist once asked me what makes me qualified to be a coach, I said that for starters I’ve built a pretty damn good life for myself, one that suits me perfectly. It hasn’t always been the case though…
I came to London at 22 by bus for 27 hours because I couldn’t afford a plane ticket, and barely speaking any English. I spent the first six years working in fashion retail, which I found uninspiring to say the least. When I set up my coaching practice at 28, I was £5k in credit card debt. For the first 26 years of my life, I was useless with women. And for most of my life, I was in okay shape at best.
Now I do what I love with the people I love. I live in a penthouse overlooking the biggest landmarks of my favourite city. I've travelled the world staying in the best hotels and eating at the best restaurants everywhere I went. I couldn't have asked for a better dating life. And I’m in the best shape ever.
When I say ‘You can have it all’, I’m speaking from experience, not just repeating a fancy catchphrase.
I live fearlessly seeing no limits. I believe that I can be anyone, have anything, and be with anyone I want. I also believe that you can have all of this too, and more, if you’re only willing to do the work.
Starting in 2011, I’ve spent around 12,000 hours working with over 500 people. I’ve also spoken at around 250 events on a wide variety of personal development and business topics, I’ve written a book and 100 articles.
I’ve been interviewed on a number of TV channels, including the BBC and Sky, and countless radio stations and podcasts. I’ve appeared on Eamonn & Ruth: How The Other Half Lives, Made in Chelsea and in the world’s first full-length coaching documentary Leap. I’ve also been interviewed by or written for – GQ, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Entrepreneur, City Matters, Square Mile, Luxury London, Evening Standard, Metro, Arabian Business Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, and Luxury Lifestyle Magazine.
I’ve been included in the prestigious Spear’s 500 (a ‘Who’s Who’ directory of key players in the UK’s wealth management community and a ‘must have’ reference guide by family offices and HNW families) every year since 2017, featured on The Telegraph’s list in the ‘Best Life Coach’ category, and recognised as one of the Top Personal Coaches by the Coach Foundation.
I absolutely believe in coaching. Over the years, I’ve seen the profound effects it has had on my clients (42 share their success stories here), other coaches’ clients, as well as experiencing it myself.
Other things about me:
• I’m OCD.
• I say fuck a lot.
• I’m 40 and I can’t drive.
• I’m a failed jazz trumpet player.
• I'm an angel and crypto investor.
• I always laugh at my jokes. Others occasionally join in.
• I’m not always happy and I will forever be a work in progress.
• My extreme confidence is sometimes mistaken for arrogance.
• I've always been a maverick. And the black sheep of my industry.
• I always honour the commitments I make to others. I am my word.
• I’m prepared to try everything once. Except for heroin. And sex with a man.
• In everything I do, I aim for perfection and occasionally settle for excellence.
• I am as materialistic as I am spiritual, and as egocentric as I am compassionate.
• I'm the type of person who will always tell you when you have food in your teeth.
• People say that my kitchen looks like it’s never been used. That’s because it hasn’t.
• I took so much MDMA in my late teens that my body became immune to it. Now my only ‘drug’ is wine really.
• Amongst other things, I’ve been called the Ferrari, Gordon Ramsay, Chuck Norris, king, and dominatrix of coaching…
• Three of my clients got married as a direct result of us working together, but to my mother’s despair, I have no plans of starting a family myself.
• I know very little or nothing about most things, but there are a few things I know exceptionally well: people, personal development, and the psychology of success and winning.
• Despite my often irreverent humour and overall political incorrectness, I’m actually a pacifist, feminist, and I feel very strongly about racial equality, sexual orientation equality, religious equality, and equality, period.
• If I could have a one-to-one dinner with any eight people I don’t know personally (dead or alive), I would go for: Muhammad Ali, David Attenborough, Dave Chappelle, Miles Davis, Ricky Gervais, Barack Obama, Jim Rohn, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
• It took my parents 10 years to get over the fact that I quit school at 17. Now that I can support them in a big way, which I consider to be one of my biggest and certainly most meaningful accomplishments in life, funnily enough they don’t even mention it anymore.