Surviving a Tsunami with Francois de Neuville from Chasing Excellence
In this episode we talk to the Francois de Neuville all about his life story and how it all led to a to him having the skills and awareness to survive a tsunami in Indonesia and in the process also save the life of a young Indonesian girl.
I always had big dreams and an unshakable determination to achieve them. As a kid, I was constantly craving for action and pushing my limits. When I was 17, I decided to join the army with the objective to join a special unit. It was challenging but 7 years later, I became a platoon leader in the commando paratroopers. Reinforcing my desire for challenges, I have been trained to always aim high, perform at my best and to make quick decisions with one motto : “never surrender”. I was living a good life and I was doing well emotionally, physically and financially but deep inside I could hear this voice telling me that there was more out there.
“I could hear this voice telling me that there was more out there.”
I followed this burning desire to discover the world and set for a new challenge. I embarked on a journey of self discovery and actualisation trying to find the answer to who I am? Why am I here for? What do I really want?
I have been looking for answers while pushing myself physically and mentally from the deep jungle of Papua to the highest peaks of the Himalaya and even the plains of Africa. I was trying to discover my passions, working as a project manager, survival training instructor, first-aid instructor, communication manager, general consultant and even volunteering in humanitarian project in remote areas.
“From the deep jungle of Papua to the highest peaks of the Himalaya and even the plains of Africa.”
I was looking for the answer outside to the day I realized I had to dig inside. A near death experience in a double natural disaster changed my life forever. I was still alive amongst thousand of people who violently perished. It was a traumatic experience, but the start of a new life. I found my why: to live every single day of my life to the fullest and inspire others to do the same.
“To live every single day of my life to the fullest and inspire people to do the same.”
The world needs people who want to make a difference, who are ready to do what it takes to bring their life to the next level and increase the value of their impact. As a high-performance coach, I am on a mission to help others reach their full potential, live their very best life and bring their unique gift out to the world.