1- Hello Richard, can you please tell us a bit about you?
I was born in the East of England, in a small, poor town called Harwich. I went to university in Plymouth, where I studied psychology and fell in love with it for the rest of my life. I traveled a lot in my 20s, living in Japan, the United States, and France, as well as visiting a great many more countries. I started my first business when I was 21, selling photographic keyrings in nightclubs. After returning from Japan at 25, I become an entrepreneur, and started up a handful of ventures over the next few years – some were disastrous, others did great.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
My focus areas change as I grow as a life coach. At the moment, I’m particularly interested in Jungian psychology, as I believe it is the best model we have for understanding consciousness at the level of the experience. I keep coming back to fitness and nutrition. In my experience, getting people’s physical health on point is the fastest way to make them happy and productive, so understanding this area is not only essential to my practice, but also a lot of fun!
3- How would you describe your journey in a few words?
My journey in life started quite painfully, I wasn’t a very happy child. However, as time went on, I put myself together, piece by piece. Now, I feel very blessed in life across so many areas. My early lack of success almost certainly led to my lifelong interest in personal development.
4- Where do you think your work is making an impact?
My one-to-one clients benefit from my work. I help them put their lives together, and that fills me with a deep sense of joy and purpose. I help people every day to live healthier, more meaningful lives. I make people happier, and I help people cultivate self-esteem. I think the talks that I give have inspired a few too. I always feel so happy when I’m approached after giving a talk and I’m given positive feedback.
5- Most businesses and even entrepreneurs still can’t see the importance of personal development to upgrade the way they are doing business, what do you think about that?
As the CEO of a business, the decisions you make have the potential to make or lose your company millions. It is therefore imperative for you to be thinking and feeling at your very best. A coach is a critical aid for any CEO, since we are here to make sure they are functioning at their best. For example, it’s remarkable how many CEOs out there are sleep deprived – the research is quite clear, anything under 7 hours will severely hamper your ability to perform. It also shocks me at how poorly some CEOs manage their diet or fitness. By having a strategic weekly conversation with your coach, a business leader is able to give their duty everything they have.
6- What the word “positive psychology” means to you?
Positive psychology is the practical variety of Western psychology which delivers more happiness and productivity. I find the insights from this field of research useful in my coaching practice, and because it comes from the scientific traditions, it has the advantage of being grounded in good data.
7- Where do you see the company in the next 5 years?
In five years time, I wish to be the most well-known life coach in the UK. I hope I am able to add to the conversation on what it means to be human and how we can get the most from this precious experience. I hope my understanding of the principles of personal development to continue to grow, and that I can help more people put their lives together, either through more media work or through more corporate coaching.
8- What can you tell young creatives who are pursuing their dreams?
Find your passion. Seriously. Inside each of us is a natural destination where our energies flow to. Your task is to find where that place is, then find a way to make that your vocation. Other than that, you must work hard. To be successful in any venture worth doing, you are going to need to put everything you have into it. The exciting thing is, working hard towards a worthy ideal is the most effective way I know to feel deep happiness.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I’m excited about Jungian psychology – it’s so freaking deep and complicated! It also just might be the most effective map of consciousness we possess. I’m excited about growing my business, it’s a hard thing to do, but that makes it fun. I’m excited about spending the Winter in Sicily – the UK Winters are harsh, and it’s going to be a fun experiment
10- The last word or final thoughts
Becoming the best version of yourself is perhaps the most sacred challenge any human faces. We are all blessed to have the internet at our fingertips, where the tools for self discovery lay for anyone to pick up. I invite you to dig deep and ask yourself how you could better yourself, and in so doing, become strong enough to benefit your community.