Passionately helping others achieve everything they ever wanted.
First I experienced a coaching culture, then I moved into a hybrid coaching role, then I studied to become a coach.
The experience was life-changing. I went to London and met 145 amazing coaches from around the world. I hired one of them for more money than I was comfortable spending, but knew that I was investing in myself, so I did the work to get the return.
And now I work with my own clients to help them create the lives that they want. Coaching is life-changing, but you know that - that's why you're here, right?
I have a mixed bag of history, having to use both sides of my brain. Even my under-grad majored in marketing, economics and business economics. I worked in advertising, dabbled in some other industries, built and sold out of a promotional lighting business and then spent a lot of time in financial planning and international wealth management.
For 4 years I worked for the biggest bank in the world and discovered a 'coaching culture' which was a game changer in how people conducted themselves and worked with others. That later led me to become a Financial Planning Coach at a boutique asset management business, which was then bought by a larger conglomerate.
During that time I studied brain-based coaching and practiced on clients, friends and even my sister - anyone that would be a willing participant. Later, I studied to become a life coach and started a business in parallel with my employ, only to jump ship 2.5 years later.
I don't have a rags-to-riches story, or a motivational speech about self-sacrifice or monopolistic dominance. I was once told that I talk too much and I don't listen and ten years later, after chastising the person that told me that, I realised he was right.
Through my career adventures I learnt to listen, and then I started to hear. I also began to find everyone I knew and met more fascinating and mysterious than before, and I wanted to know more. I wanted to know their stories, their dreams, what drives them forward and what holds them back. I started to ask questions - questions that challenged their beliefs, in the world and themselves - questions that had them thinking... then feeling... being present in the moment, while the world slowed down around them, just for a minute, and in this minute they gained perspective. They saw the world differently... and then their world changed.
I'm inherently impatient and have a low tolerance for mediocrity, probably because I see the greatness in everyone, even if they don't. I believe in my clients and their dreams and it is my commitment to support them all the way. I'm soft and I'm tough because I help my fellow human beings to discover what they really want, and then I hold them to creating it.
Maybe I could to do that for you.
We are a serious family.
As you can see in this picture, we don't mess around and we don't joke. We just work hard and stick to the prescribed program of life :-)
When I was 24 I had a snowboarding accident and injured my neck. Nicole is a chiropractor - I married well!
Logan and Harvey are 5 years old and tell me that as I get slower, they're getting faster!
The Financial Planning Profession
Paying it forward
The profession served me for many years and now I do what I can by helping financial planners to create world class client experiences, build their businesses and acquire the clients they want.
I joined the profession and hustled for the first 5 years before understanding how to apply a philosophy, process and client-centric approach to everything I did. Everything changed and then I began to build my investment portfolio at R100 million per year.
It was simple but I learned that it wasn't just about what I did, but about who I was. I needed to work on my way of being in addition to my way of doing, and once I figured that out, everything changed.
Now I do that for top financial planners through one-on-one coaching. I also help all financial advisors, of any level, get more of the clients they want through my Insane! Prospecting suite of services.
I am a Certified Financial Planner® professional with 18 years' experience in the industry, and to my knowledge, I am the only independent financial planner coach in South Africa.