Creator, Meaningful Life Mastery
Host & Journey Guide, The Highly Inspiring Journey Podcast
Bio? A gentleman never tells. But beyond that, I’m passionate about sharing perceptive observations on meaningful living and guiding The Highly Inspiring Journey. Further I’m here to help you rediscover the best within yourself (and master the skills you need), so that you too can live a meaningful life.
Let’s cut through the bullshit.
Most authors/bloggers/marketers will start this page with a bio page, where everything is written in third person—by themselves. If that’s your cup of tea…
(You can also read my full story here.)
Back to story.
There’s a reason why I write in first person from now on, and why I use this gentleman thing throughout my social media profiles and here on my own blog, as well.
Here’s a definition by one of my favorite websites, urbandict.com:
gentleman (n.) A man of calm demeanor, strong preserve, intellectual thinking, polite yet meaningful speak and a good upbringing. A fighter for the cause of right with words, not guns.
It’s funny. When I researched the equivalent for Abitur (German high school diploma), I came across the Latin origin.
So what? Well, in Latin, Abitur literally means one who is going to go away, as well as a journey away is made.
No wonder why I always felt guided in one way or another! Like I was on the right track already.
Ok… so here’s my story, short ‘n sweet:
(NOTE: Over the last years I’ve taken numerous personality-based tests—some good, some bad—and they all tell me the same thing: I am introverted, intuitive, complex, a deep thinker, emotional, sensitive, perceptive, an INFJ, the list goes on. Why do I tell you this upfront? Because what works for 99% of the people didn’t work for me. And chances are it’s the same for you too. Read on.)
Back in school I was totally shy and sensitive, and because of that I was constantly worried. I took anything way too much to heart. (One time, e.g., I couldn’t stop crying because I lost my jacket after sports.)
It was very hard for me to find like-minded people and to make friends, so I shrank into myself more and more.
As a consequence, I was bullied and humiliated. But, even worse, I didn’t have the guts back then to stand up for myself; I just let it be. I tried to ignore them.
It didn’t work out and, eventually, I sought out a good psychotherapist. At this point I was deeply depressed with thoughts ranging from a vague feeling of emptiness to “the world would be a better place if I killed myself.”
(Un-)Fortunately I didn’t kill myself ;-)
BTW, I was 14.
My motivation—the things that kept me going—were an insane infatuation I had with one specific girl that lasted for seven YEARS (no exaggeration! I was too shy to approach her, and there never was anything more than exchanging a few words), football, music, movies, and video games. Additionally, family and the few friends I had played a key role on my road to “recovery.”
I put “recovery” in brackets, because from this point forward I was more or less trying to fake confidence.
You know, the good ol’ fake-it-till-you-make-it-bullshit-advice storyline. It never works longterm.
Being authentic, fulfilled, and happy?
Then came alcohol. Oh my…
I simply couldn’t keep up with the madness anymore; I drank to get drunk, to forget, to numb my sensitive senses, to escape to another world…
…And I embarrassed myself in public multiple times.
TBH, up to now I have no fucking clue how I succeeded at school under these circumstances. Whatever.
However, one day I got so fed up! Believe it or not, but I nearly killed myself following a crash on my bicycle at around 30 km/h. Smashed myself into a wall, and up to this day I’ll get a reminder every morning I look into the mirror and see that scar on my face.
That definitely wasn’t planned and I finally had to make changes.
I had to take action.
All in or nothing, at all.
I had to.
So I spent 11 months in Australia (plus a few days in the US for business purposes). Over there, I stumbled upon the self-help/personal development world. I attended seminars on business, communication, personal growth, marketing and sales …to name but a few.
Further I read books on these topics, got to conventions/events/meetups, met a lot of inspiring people from all walks of life, etc. Anyway, I also joined a network marketing/mlm company (not in it anymore, so don’t pitch me!).
All in all, it helped me understand myself and life on a deeper level, and I started to (re)discover the best within myself.
- I developed more confidence in myself.
- I developed a more positive (and objective) outlook on life.
- I developed gratitude for who I am and what life has to offer.
- I developed the social skills necessary to attract the right people in my life.
- I developed blah blah blah.
Sorry, didn’t intend to bore you here.
The real question is: How did this all happen? How could a 20-somthing kid—out of a sudden—turn his life around in a matter of months?
As you may know, I got to know hundreds of new people and stayed in touch with quite a few. Many of them are my best friends, mentors, and acquaintances. But how? By acknowledging my fears and taking action anyway. And by developing social skills. I’ve really been focused on mastery since that time.
(And you have to keep in mind that I was actively looking for solutions to my own issues since 2007.)
Now I know my strengths and weaknesses.
And today I live a fulfilling life and I’m 100% in tune with myself.
Along the journey, however, there has been ONE thing that fascinates me more than anything else. This:
Making perceptive observations and sharing them with others.
—HERE’S WHAT I BELIEVE—
—MEET MARIO, THE JOURNEY GUIDE—
In his teens—from the age of 13 all the way up to 19—Mario was deeply depressed, felt empty inside, frustrated, lonely, and suicidal. He tried every solution under the sun with little to no results. He was still stuck. Bullied in school, few to no friends, no outstanding social skills, you name it.
Then, after getting his Abitur (German high school diploma), he decided to travel from Germany to Australia and, in turn, turned his life around. That was in 2014. How?
He rediscovered the best within himself and kept his focus on mastery. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping others rediscover the best within themselves, so that they can live a meaningful and fulfilling life too. Plus, he keeps improving himself every single day working for Vodafone.
If you asked me, that’s what I’m passionate about and what I’m living for. To follow along the journey (and get my perceptive observations) every single day…
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