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I studied Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology at Oxford, where I specialised in the neurochemistry of memory. To make life harder than necessary, I wrote my three essays per week and sat my final exams while moonlighting bar jobs, managing two start-ups and investing in property. This was the first time I realised how valuable it is to be a productivity bad-ass.

Tired of reinventing the wheel, I became “in-house entrepreneur” for a partly mad, mostly inspiring Polish shipping baron. Then, after two years, my search for mentorship and structure led me to consulting at McKinsey. I learned a huge amount and loved every moment there but three years of 80-plus-hour work weeks (with no prospect of improvement) made me realise it wasn’t my long-term solution.

Just as that penny was dropping, my personal life went into melt-down. I flamed-out of a 4-year relationship, lost both grandfathers and my father and (as a result) inherited my financial freedom 40 years earlier than expected. It felt a lot like getting my cake while spinning in circles and being repeatedly kicked in the face.

In pursuit of some headspace (and answers), I spent the next three years travelling seven continents and seventy countries (including gems like North Korea and Turkmenistan). Along the way, I learned a great deal of history, met hundreds of people and expanded my narrow horizons. To keep my brain busy I rediscovered the joys of language learning, becoming fluent in German and Mandarin and conversational – though now rusty – in Russian and Spanish.

In February 2017 I met my deeply inspiring partner, Erin, at a salsa class in Medellin, Colombia. Since then I’ve been working full-time thinking and writing about learning and living well. You can see the fruits of those labours here, on FASTER TO MASTER, where I’m slowly collecting the many ideas I’ve borrowed from friends, mentors, colleagues, clients and hundreds of thinkers and authors.

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