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about me

I’m Col, I’m a Motivational Speaker, Thought Mentor and Bestselling Author.

I am privileged to be able to help people to rebuild their lives after something as catastrophic as a spinal cord injury.
I believe that the only thing that anyone has total control over is the way you think – it’s your current thoughts that determine your future.

I lived my early life and completed my schooling in Charters Towers until I got my first job as a cadet draftsman in Cloncurry in 1978. That same year I dove into Fletcher Creek and sustained a high level spinal cord injury which resulted in some significant lifestyle changes.



After 11 months in the Spinal Injuries Unit, I returned home to break the news to my parents, that even though I was unable to; push my wheelchair across the road, transfer in or out of bed, wash myself, dress myself completely, feed myself or prepare my own meals or do housework of any kind, I still intended to leave home and live independently!




Just over a year later, after one of the steepest learning curves ever and a lot of hard work, heartbreak and sacrifice, I found myself living back in Brisbane. I was sharing a flat with a bloke that I met in hospital. I was doing all my own cooking, cleaning, personal care and housework and driving myself to work every day.

Since then I have experienced, and survived, many of the major life events that most people go through in their life’s journey. I’ve been married (3x), divorced (twice), been arrested (twice), become a father (4x), buried a child (twice) built a home (twice) and owned more cars than I care to remember. I’ve lived in the city and the bush and a short stint at Grey nomading. Since returning to work in 1980, I have never been unemployed.

I’ve been a public servant, goat farmer, draftsman, bookkeeper, adventure camp coordinator, maths tutor, a statistician, managed an employment agency and worked in a hardware store. 

I’ve experienced a lot of changes, some by choice, some not, but I have managed to get through every time. Only recently have I been able to recognise the principles behind my success and it’s so simple.

It’s all about the way I think and the 8 keys. I look forward to sharing these keys with you soon.

"Life's about what you're going to do - not what you have done."