I grew up within a poor family in Hampshire, England.  I am the youngest of four children with both of my parents being disabled.  My mother was severely disabled from rheumatoid arthritis that she had since childhood, as well as a spinal contusion leaving her near tetraplegic before her death in 2015 and my father suffering with a debilitating back his whole life after an accident in early adulthood.

Even from a really early age I felt different somehow.  I felt a sense of purpose.  During my youth I didn’t exactly know what that purpose would be.  My education was from the state and I found it tough for the first 14 years of my life with speech therapy in my younger years to being in the ‘special needs’ classes during my early years at secondary education.  However, by the age of 15 everything started to fall into place and things became a lot easier.  I left school with far greater grades that I was expected or predicted.

After leaving school my sense of wanting to make something of myself intensified, I felt I wanted to achieve, I wanted to be different, I felt different.  I enrolled in college studying in computers, whilst I tried to figure out what I wanted to do.

After college my thoughts turned to becoming a police officer as I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference and maybe this would be a good start.  So with a steely determination I applied.  I was initially told that it would be highly unlikely I would be accepted at such an early age as obviously the police would look to employ people with life experience and maturity to help them deal with the difficult situations that arise.

At the time, applying to become a police officer took a minimum of 8 months to be accepted as there were multiple parts including application form, first interview, 2 day assessment and physical, home interview and final interview.  So whilst applying I successfully got a full time job in IT Sales.  It was for a very large company with over 50 sales staff,  however within a very short period of time I became one of their top sales people, bearing in mind I was also their youngest at the age of 18.

Eight months later, still at aged 18 I proved any doubters wrong as I was accepted into the Hampshire Constabulary, PC 1974 was by badge number and still to this day I am one of the youngest people to be successful.  The training was amazing but after a very short period of time, due to the red tape and politics, I realised the Police Service was not for me and due to the massive success I was having in IT sales, I decided to further that as my career.

The next few years saw me become one of the best sales people in the country, to then be head hunted at the young age of 21 to set up a corporation division for an established reseller.  I accepted and became the Corporate Sales Manager of 10 people which soon lead me to become the overall Sales Manager of 50 people.  During this time I was also still personally selling myself and was achieving around £4 Million worth of sales per year.

At the age of 24 and with my business partner at the time, I started my own reseller as founder and Sales Director and in 10 years grew the company from £3 million all the way to £45 million. During this time with my business partner we also set up a further three companies in different parts of our field.  All of which are successful independent companies.

Although I was earning a lot of money per year, I felt my initial drive to help people and be different was not being achieved.  Yes, I was employing over 150 people and providing them a good career, but I felt my own life was slipping.  I had four wonderful children who were growing up well, but I was drinking too much and eating too much “bad” food.  I wasn’t happy.  I had drifted off my path in life.

Four years ago at the age of 35 I decided that I wanted to change.  I wanted to reinvent myself to become the person I knew I could be, who I was destined to be.  I had been extremely successful in business since a very early age without ever really understanding the reasons behind it.  However, I was drinking far too much alcohol and living an unhealthy lifestyle which in turn gave me an unhealthy mind.  So I sold my shares in all my companies in order to dedicate this time to my mind, body and soul.

I knew I wanted to help others.  I finally understood this would help me to fulfil my destiny.  I always had a great natural understanding of the world and people.  It was these skills that had enabled me to be so successful in my business life.  I knew that I wanted to write a book, which at the same time of writing and researching, could also transform my own life.

I decided to “give up” alcohol and dedicate my life to truly understanding our bodies and more importantly, understanding how our mind works and since that time I have been on a journey of self-improvement.  I am certainly not the finished article yet, but in the last four years I have already become a qualified Sports Nutritionist, I have a diploma in Psychology as well as a Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology.   I am a qualified in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and I am currently studying a diplomas in Yoga Teaching, Life Skills Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Instructor Skills and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

I have transformed my body from being overweight and unhealthy at around 17 stone, to a slim and healthy 13 stone (I am 6ft 3in).  I practise Yoga every day and I keep fit by strength exercises and running and can now complete a 5k run in just over 20 minutes and 10k comfortably under the 50 minute mark.  Eight months ago I took a further step by becoming Vegan.  Over the last four years I have also been studying every major leader in the field of self-improvement and business, as well as writing my own self-improvement book, which is a work in progress until I feel I have completed all of my own short term goals.

I aim to publish the book in around 3 years as the most in-depth and comprehensive self-improvement book in the industry.  My mind is feeling razor-sharp and I am happy and balanced in my life.  I strive to be the best Father, Son and Husband that I can possibly be and really appreciate the beauty of this world and the wonder and significance of life itself.  I now want to share my passion, knowledge and experience with as many people as possible.

Dave Manners.

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