As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to perform to the best of my abilities. Call me a high achiever, or a guy that is constantly on the lookout for means of improving himself, constantly conquering new frontiers, and you wouldn’t be far from the truth. After all, I fully embrace the philosophy that a person can never stay stagnant in terms of knowledge and skills acquisition – do so, and you will die a very unfulfilling death, they say, and they are not far from the truth either!
Starting off at a very young age, I was bit by the athletics bug. I have represented Cyprus in multiple occasions abroad, winning several times the Bruno Zauli Cup in European competitions. I was also placed 4th in the 1997 Mediterranean Games that were held in Bari, Italy, and I even managed to reach the semi-finals of the 1997 World Championship in Athletics, in track and field. Moreover, I have won many Panhellenic and Pancyprian track and field competitions, in the categories of 1.500m, 5.000m and 3.000m steeplechase. The incredible experience of competing at an Olympic level, along with the ferocious pressure that came with it, helped to mould my personality into one that constantly seeks perfection, in all respects. That’s how my quest for peak performance came about, and that’s why some years down the road I traded my sports trainer for a mental coach!
After doing a 2-year stint with Bentley Motors in the position of Sales Manager, I joined Eurolife in 2006 as a Business Insurance Advisor. As my role entailed interacting with clients to a considerable extent, I knew that I needed to be on top of my game. I started devouring self-help books, one after the other. My all-time favourites are Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk and This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin. I put their principles to practice every single day that I go out and “compete” in the corporate arena. And, every now and then, I “steal” some time from my day, pop into a bookshop and restock on mental fuel!
I am also powering up my mental torque through one-on-one mentoring with Michael Virardi. Having a mental coach by your side, is equally important as having a conventional one when you do sports – they both help you perform to the best of your abilities, irrespective of the task at hand. You are being taught what the best mindset is for your own, unique circumstances, how to employ it and, more importantly, how to maintain it through the years and the challenges they carry.
I was also lucky enough to attend one of Tony Robbins’ signature workshops fifteen years ago, in London, his Unleash the Power Within (UTPW), which is topped off with a firewalk, a challenge where participants/true believers, walk on hot charcoal! I went in a certain person and left a different one, I can tell you that!
As for my daily training regime, this comprises 20-30 minutes of rigorous full-body exercise, based on the guidelines of the Hour of Power, a very popular training regime that I am sticking to it religiously. Getting my blood pumping first thing in the morning, then jumping into the shower, suiting up and leaving for work with a string in my step, works wonders for my day.
I am not one to brag about a wall of fame full of accolades – after all, I strongly believe that modesty is one of the greatest virtues a person can possess, even more so when that person is a professional who is interacting with clients on a daily basis. As one proverb goes, “work hard in silence, let your success be your noise”. That “noise” for me echoed recently, in the form of my admittance to full membership of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), an Association that is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. The criteria for membership centre on the adherence to strict ethical standards and to a professional code of conduct that is second to none in terms of what it requires its members to conform to, in order to prove themselves that they are indeed worthy of this prestigious membership. I can say, in full confidence, that joining the MDRT would not be possible if not for my constant pursuit of peak performance, a path that, in my opinion, is also aligned with one’s own quest to find happiness. The one leads to the other and, in this vein and after 30 odd years of going down that road, I can positively say that I am on the right path. As one of my favourite entrepreneurs, Gary Vaynerchuk, famously said, “the truth is that, finding happiness in what you do every day, is so imperative”, and his words couldn’t resonate more with my psyche and align more with my daily modus operandi!