I'm a software developer, people leader, karate instructor, coach and personal development writer from Wellington, New Zealand. I live here with my partner Kelly and her two teenage children.

Ever since I can remember, I have had a keen interest in what makes successful people successful. What is it that gives some people success while others fail or even fail to get started? As soon as I was old enough to really understand what to look for, I started a study of this!

I've done the reading and have listened to the audio programmes and have learned a great deal from the wealth of material that's out there. Some of my favourite authors are Dale Carnegie, Jim Rohn, Anthony Robbins, Richard Bransen, Zig Ziglar and Stephen Covey.

The biggest sources of inspiration and experience in this space, however has been through learning karate. I have been training in karate since 1994 and have found that many of the things that happen in the dojo (training hall) have parallels to real life. The most immediately obvious is the presence of goal setting in the sense that many people start out in karate want to achieve a black belt. And there are other coloured belts along the way to help break up the journey that takes many people several years.

Perhaps more deeply, you learn a lot about yourself when you undertake training in karate. The fact is that karate training is a very personal journey and most of your success is measured against where you were previously, rather than against someone else who may be totally different to you. The exception here is of course competition in tournaments but this is in fact a very small subset of what karate training has to offer.

You will find I sometimes give metaphors and anecdotes related to karate training in my blog posts and other resources but don't worry, you don't have to be a black belt to understand them!