Years before finding my way to my own legacy work, I gained the kind of invaluable experience one can only get by clinging too long to bad jobs and unhealthy relationships. I worked in the food industry not because I enjoyed the work, but rather because I had the skills, moves, and chops. Later, I spent a few years working a gig that would have curled a safety inspector’s toes: creating displays for homebuilders in a dust and chemical-filled production shop. (My boss was a chill, fun character, but not much for health and safety.)
Farther along my timeline, I overstayed my years in the fitness industry as a personal trainer. I loved the work when I started, but after a dozen years, the long hours and miles of driving were just not working for me. Though I owned the business and thoroughly enjoyed my clients, I was on an express train to burnout.
My son was born when I was 40. With his anything-but-smooth arrival, something deep inside me was awakened. I still don’t have adequate words for it, but to call it “transformative” is both accurate and grossly understated. I don’t think I would have said this at the time, but my worldview shifted, along with my understanding of manhood.
Shortly thereafter, two personal training clients mentioned this “coaching” thing to me within a single 48-hour period—and I paid attention.
Based on the recommendation of one of those clients, I looked into CTI, then known as the Coaches Training Institute. A few months later, I stepped into my first coach-training course—and haven’t looked back since.
A few short years later, I joined CTI’s faculty and, during my tenure there, had the privilege of leading more than 200 live courses around the world, countless certification groups, individual and group supervisions, and so much more.
After 17 wonderful years, I bid a fond farewell to CTI (now known as the Co-Active Training Institute) in order to dedicate myself entirely to my own work.
That work continues to call me to grow: as a man, a father, a husband, an adult, a spiritual dude on a physical adventure, and most importantly, as a whole, responsible human being.