I am a Global Warrior – David Evans @allpotential
David is a team and leadership coach and professional development trainer. He has been working with Global Warriors for over two years. As a leadership and team-development coach, David loves working with teams and individuals to assist them in creating a meaningful and positive impact in the world through their work, moving his clients to achieve and go beyond their aspirations. He is a partner to Helen, and proud father of Reuben (2), Phoebe (5) and Imogen (16). He lives in Brighton, loves walking along the beach, yoga, cooking, reading and hanging out in one of Brighton’s many cafes.
When were you at your happiest? I am at my happiest when I am feeling fulfilled: spending time with my family, through my work and also activities such as yoga, meditating and sitting by the sea, near to where I live in Brighton.
What is your greatest fear? Hmm…although this may seem cliché, my greatest fear is fear itself and that fear hijack’s my life.
What is your earliest memory? Ha, ha, ha, Mrs Zelli – my first teacher at school. She was warm and affectionate, and a bit like Mrs Doubtfire – I remember feeling so welcomed and loved by her in our first class at school… and most importantly, I remember the Smarties she used to give us as a reward, especially the orange one’s – yummy!
Who do you most admire and why? There isn’t one person in particular that I admire, I admire loads of people. There are those of have been prominent leaders, such as J K Rowling, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Nelson Mandella, and then there are the parents and families all around the world who are striving to bring up their children, and friends and family members who have cared for their relatives and partners in difficult times. So what I admire is people’s courage, and I see that in a lot of people I meet, so, I guess I admire nearly everyone I meet!
What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself? I can be really impatient when I think I’ve got it and other people haven’t caught on. And in reality this is my arrogance shining through. It’s a work-in-progress for me, to be a little less arrogant every day.
Which book changed your life? There are two books that have changed my life. The first is The Tibetan Book of the Dead. I came across this in my early 20s after my dad passed away (well the book found me: it fell off a bookshelf in front of me as I went into a second hand book shop in Alysbury). I read this book over about 3 years, and it opened my mind to the magic of our consciousness, and that if we choose to, we can transform our lives to be anything that we choose. The second book is the Alchemist, which I have read about 10 times. Each time I read it I get something new and different, I identify with the different characters, for me it is a master piece of writing about having the courage to follow our heart and fulfill the dreams that are in our hearts.
What do you owe your parents? My life! Without them I wouldn’t be here, and I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. Thanks Mum and Dad!
What does great leadership look like? For me, great leadership starts with self-leadership, and is the ability to feel in your bones and in your heart what you need to do, to feel your deepest dream and desires and then have the courage to follow them, no matter what. Owning our own power, and taking full responsibility for our lives. It’s my belief that from this place of self-leadership, we connect with others with an authenticity and integrity to share our dreams and inspire others to bring our collective dreams alive.
What was your worst job ever? A bit boring – stacking shelves in supermarket.
What would you most like to change about modern day life? For people to recognize that life is precious – no matter what. And the gift of a human life is a magical, rare and that as a society we interact with one another as if that was true.
If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race? That the human race is evolving, what they need the most is compassion, loving-kindness and love, and to be patient with them.
What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement? Our attitude to education – I would love for education to be something that we cherish as a culture throughout our lives, and that our education focuses on us reaching our full potential, through teaching compassion and loving-kindness, and that we are ‘rewarded’ in society by the personal transformation and growth that we make toward becoming deeply fulfilled and integrated in society.
What is your dream for humanity? To be free and to create a global culture where everyone feels welcome, accepted and wants to be here.