Master Phil Nguyen is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do, a professional leadership speaker, and author of the children’s book, "Bully Busters and Beyond".
His mission is to help people of all ages unleash their inner ninjas by applying martial arts wisdom and principles to solve their every day problems.
He has taught 10,000’s of people in the classrooms, in the boardrooms, and in his community.
In the classrooms, he teaches grade-school children his award-winning Bully Busters program - 9 Treasures to Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, and Strength of Character. In the boardrooms, he teaches professionals his Black Belt Leadership program – 9-Point Path to a Better, Stronger, Wiser You.
Some of his clients include Microsoft, The Department of National Defense, the Department of Justice, Health Canada, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In his community, he teaches students ranging from 6-year olds with ADHD to adults with PhD’s the martial art of Taekwon-Do through his award-winning Black Belt Excellence Martial Arts Academy, founded over 30 years ago.
Master Phil believes that there are two purposes in life: 1) to improve yourself, and 2) to improve the world around you.
He has been honored as Citizen of the Year in his city, Top Forty Under 40 for his business achievements, professional expertise, and community service, and he has been given both the Mayor’s City Builder award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to his country of Canada.
Mindful of his Vietnamese roots and yet proud to be Canadian, Master Phil currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s national capital. He has been happily married for 15 years and is the proud father of two ninja sons.
In this episode, which moved me and gave me so much to think about, Master Phil shares the story of how he first got into martial arts and what has motivated him to keep on with it year after year after year. He shares a detailed look at his mind/body/spirit approach to life and what that actually looks like on a day-to-day basis, and we talk about everything from cultivating discipline to creating a high performance environment to knowing when to quit vs when to dig in.
Master Phil also shares about being bullied as a child, and how that lead him to write a book and create a program to teach specific tactics and behaviors to children to help prevent and overcome bullying.
We talk about sources of inspiration, the power of experience what Master Phil calls "real moments" or miracles, and through it all his honest story sharing and willingness to be open and detailed makes this a conversation I won't soon forget. I hope you enjoy it as well!
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Books, Resources & People Mentioned
- Tony Robbins
- Bruce Lee
- Thich Nhat Hanh
- Brendon Burchard
- Marie Forleo
- The Last Samurai
- Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
- Alexandra Franzen (season 1 guest)
- 50 Ways To Say You're Awesome, by Alexandra Franzen
- The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
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