I experienced some of the highest highs that anyone can ever experience in their life.

As an elite athlete, I’ve represented my country at multiple Olympics returning with silver and bronze medals. I’ve broken eight world records and have been a six time world champion.

But I’ve also experienced some of the lowest of lows like many others experience. I gained a massive 50kgs, fought depression and have even been arrested for stupid things.

I am a husband, a father, a brother, a swimmer, a cyclist, a runner (or I shuffle), I do my own grocery shopping and catch public transport. I’ve been a corporate banker and own a transport and logistics business.

It was 2010 when I started to shed over 45 kgs and then get behind the blocks once again to win multiple medals on the world stage. I’m a brand ambassador, work in media, host corporate events, hold motivational sessions and continue to try to inspire others from all over the globe.

What I have learnt throughout my very short 36 years on this planet, is to always see the positive side of everything. I’m a creative person, I run numerous businesses focussing life, health and well-being. I’ve developed products to assist performance and recovery, which I continue to use on a daily basis.

But what’s most important to me about my life, and what I am very proud of, is that when I have failed, I have learnt to forgive myself, refocus and bounce back.

You might ask why I think this is so important?

It’s simple – I’ve been able to build my character, have a stronger belief of who I am, know what my priorities are in life that make me a better husband, father and man.

I’ve always said that ‘There is no such thing as failure, IT’S ALL FEEDBACK’. If we can’t sit down, reflect, debrief and examine our past, then how do we learn what went wrong, but importantly build on what went right!

If we never take the time to reflect on the past, learn from our mistakes, broken relationships, failed businesses, missed opportunities and many other events that are thrown our way, then how do we know that we’re growing as an individual? My coach use to always say to me ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got’.

If our mind is always focused on all the negatives, then how do we free ourselves to have the strengths to set and achieve new goals, rise to new challenges and keep fighting on, when sometimes we feel that we are continually being knocked down from every direction?