Meet Shaun O’Gorman
I strongly believe that everyone one of us has the opportunity to have an amazing life. But equally as strong is my belief (and experience) that we have to take the responsibility and action to create that life. But we don’t have to do it alone.
I have overcome many struggles and obstacles in my life and through this process I’ve developed the ability to help other people achieve amazing results.
We all have challenges that we deal with in life. The story and circumstances will be different, but the impact is often the same. The isolation and shame that comes from tough times doesn’t need to define you, and the lessons you learn (if you choose to learn them) can guide you to the life you really want.
Through my life, my experience and my story, I have learned how to live the Strong Life, and I can show you how to live it too.
For 13 years I was a highly accomplished and recognised Police Officer and member of the Queensland Police Dog Squad (or K9 Unit). After joining the force at the tender age of 19, I worked my way up to the K9 unit by just age 22. My normal ‘everyday’ would consist of violent domestic disturbances, armed hold-ups, vehicles chases or large brawls. I also worked as a tactical dog handler with the Special Emergency Response Team (SWAT). Towards the end of my career I joined the Covert and Surveillance Unit working on Major and Organised Crime syndicates involved in drug trafficking and other serious criminal activities.
It was a career full of highlights, but not without its personal toll on my physical, emotional and mental health.
I thought I was living the dream with every night filled with excitement, challenge and the opportunity to push myself to my limits and help others. I loved my career…but it didn’t last.
After a while I realised that I was unfulfilled and becoming more angry, reactive and violent. I was in weekly fist fights and was encountering more and more violent offenders. I actively sought out confrontations as I become more and more addicted to the adrenaline and the opportunity to prove I was tough and fearless – all as a way to try and manage the significant impact my career was having on me. In the end, it became too much.
I left the Police when I was 31 and entered a really dark time in my life. I had lost my career, my identity and I felt like a failure. The violence and depravity that I had seen people commit against each other meant I had lost all faith in humanity.
I suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and clinical depression. I drank excessively, was very angry and came extremely close to suicide many times. Many appointments with psychiatrists and psychologists followed…but there was one problem. They could tell me WHY I was the way I was, but NO ONE could tell me how to change it.
This was the start of my new beginning
What followed was a 17 year journey of personal development courses, study, education, working with coaches and mentors and finding every piece of information possible on resilience, stress and leadership – with the end goal of healing myself and becoming an effective leader in my own life.
I forged a successful corporate executive career, but still I wasn’t living the life I wanted to live – one of integrity, passion and purpose.
I now devote my life to helping others using the knowledge, education and experience that helped me help myself. And from that passion and purpose, The Strong Life Project was born.
The Strong Life Project
I established The Strong Life Project which includes mentoring programs, workshops, keynote speaking, books, resources and a daily podcast focused on providing actionable, practical tools and strategies to empower people to overcome difficulties, conquer challenges and manage stress to live happy and fulfilled lives.
I work as a human behaviour and high-performance consultant to Police Officers, Police Departments, the Australian Department of Defence, corrections officers and departments, first responders, corporate executives, legal professionals, athletes, schools, business owners and individuals. I help them develop behaviours and strategies to manage stress and pressure, build resilience and become leaders in their lives and workplaces.
My most recent book “My Dark Companion” (available on Amazon) chronicles my own personal fight with PTSD, depression, and suicide and how I have come out the other side as an example of how to create a live you love.
My purpose is to help people and make a difference to their lives (and the lives of those around them) by providing practical, real world strategies to change behaviours, habits and beliefs. I want to end emotional pain and suffering for Alpha personalities by breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues and empower each of my clients with the knowledge that they can create a life they love.