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The Why Behind My What…

The Why Behind My What…

Chris’s Journey:
A True Gentle Giant

Let me say something that I truly believe that I think all coaches should know.

If you have a desire to help and coach people and money is your primary driver you may succeed financially but you will miss the essence of why people like ‘us’ do this. Now that’s not to say I’m ‘anti’ profit, it’s just my the reason I love what I do…..

At the centre of what I do is the desire to help people whenever & wherever I can.

Last year I met Chris in Hereford and his story was truly harrowing and as an ex servicemen myself touched me deeply. Standing at 6ft 6″ he is truly a huge man in every way, but that night in Hereford really got to me profoundly. He had spent numerous periods inside a secure Psychiatric unit in Hereford, most recently a 7month stay which in his words sounded horrific, he was nearly surrendered to a life of struggle and pain inside his mind. 

A hero of our nation that in me eyes had been let down badly by the system. 🤬

I offered him a place on one of our fully inclusive courses in Barcelona – in fact I gladly paid for his place myself.

No cost to him, no catch – he just had to Barcelona. 

When Chris arrived I could tell he was anxious and because I wanted him to get the most from the week we had together I committed to spending some time with him 1 to 1 on the first night.

What developed through this week was incredible to see!! I’m sure every person from that course was affected by Chris’s amazing personality and my favourite moment was when he had an uncontrollable fit of laughter!! 

This is Chris’s story below. 

“I spent a week with Phil in Barcelona recently and I have to say it’s been life-changing. From the start the support was excellent, the way Phil delivers the course is exceptional, easily the best course I have ever been on. the knowledge Phil has on this subject allows him to answer everyone’s questions in a thought provoking way. the villa is also an excellent environment in which to immerse yourself and build friendships with those others on the course too. the food is phenomenal and healthy too, allowing your body to get everything it needs for learning. Overall this course will blow your mind and I can’t recommend Phil and his team highly enough.” – Chris Sharpe

Chris is still recovering without a doubt but I have committed to supporting him wherever I can. He is now completely free of his night medication and sleeping through the night for the first time in nearly 10 years!!

The added payoff for offering Chris a free place is he is now studying with me to become a coach himself, a truly amazing person who touches everyone he meets. He will undoubtably go on to help and coach many other servicemen and woman who have found themselves with the same challenges as he has faced. 

It might not of financially improved my business but it’s the best return I’ve ever had on an investment.


Author Notes | Phil Quirk

This article is about why I do what I do… As Victor Frankl once famously said – “Those who have a strong enough ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”