Hello fellow dreamers and legends!
I love self-improvement. We are incredible beings, the only species on Earth who can intentionally craft ourselves to fit our personal visions and ideals. Masters in the making.
I believe that our greatest asset is who we are, and who we are is created out of our experiences and pursuits. We can choose our pursuits. Our experiences, on the other hand, we cannot always control. But, we can choose how we experience them. This is the root of my philosophy of life. We should choose to fill our life with the very best of everything we can choose, but of those things that we cannot choose, we must learn how to make of them the very best possible.
A little background about myself: I have bipolar disorder and a virus that completely drains my energy if I don’t keep it in remission. Until I was in my mid-twenties, I didn’t know why I had so little control over my health and wellbeing. I couldn’t sleep most nights and would regularly go to school and work very sleep deprived. I felt lousy all the time, I missed a lot of school. I worked my tail off when I was there, but it seemed pointless because I would constantly crash and burn and I didn't know why.
Because of the lack of control my bipolar created, when my brother introduced me to personal development ideas offered by Masters like Brian Tracy and Zig Ziglar, I ate it up. I couldn’t get enough. With a lot of hard work I was able to increase my productivity when I was in my bipolar manias, but my depressions kept getting longer and more severe. Despite all my best efforts, I felt the walls closing in and I was running out of time.
In my senior year of high school, I was almost 2 years behind in credits and my guidance councilor told me very bluntly that it would be impossible for me to pass and graduate with my friends. I am a very stubborn person, and when someone tells me I can’t do something, that is often all it takes to get me fired up. I buckled down, hard, studying 8 - 16 hours a day 6 days a week for four months. I would take a test, and sometimes two every day. I was going to my high school classes, taking classes through the mail, taking night classes from other schools, and taking tests at the County Offices. My focus was absolute. The last day of school I handed in my last assignments, took my last test and passed, with an hour to spare. I was able to graduate with my friends.
That experience was a lesson for me that I kept fresh in my mind the difficult years after high school before I discovered I had bipolar. For the longest time I thought I had a critical character flaw. I thought I was just naturally lazy, I figured everyone went through what I was going through and I just wasn’t making the grade. My study grind toward graduation showed me what I was capable, and indeed what everyone is capable of, under the right circumstances. My new challenge was to create those right circumstances.
Since then I discovered that I have bipolar and a virus that I can only keep in remission by following a very strict regimen that includes living a very healthy life. I found a wonderful doctor to help me with my bipolar, and she found an excellent medication to help me manage it. And my life has never been the same since. It literally is a cake walk now. I still have to work hard to accomplish my goals, but it is now just work, rather than an overwhelming battle. As hard as my life was dealing with my bipolar before, I still know it was that difficult challenge that made me the man I am today. I am passionate about self-mastery because I had so little control in my life before. I am passionate about health because I used to be lethargic to the point of apathy.
The self-mastery I learned from my challenges has since allowed me to go back to college and keep a 4.0 GPA while organizing and leading three team projects, be the go-to guy for my classmates for study tips and general success strategies, and to pursue my passion for health and fitness as an Elite Coach on Sharecare, things I never would have dreamed possible only a few years ago.
I know that everyone has a Master within that can unlock incredible opportunities for health, wealth, love and abundance in every area of life. The life that you desire is waiting for you to find it, and it will be my honor to help you on your path to greater power.