This interview was conducted in order to further understand the purpose of To Build a Castle and to develop a connection to the author, Castle. Establishing himself as a credible source of information, as an author that truly identifies with the abilities of his readers, is essential for readers to feel comfortable in trusting him with their time and effort.
Tell me a bit about yourself and what has made you into the person you are today.
From a young age I was constantly surrounded by chaos, aggression and pain. I had to learn to be brave in the face of fear, in order to survive. I had to discipline myself, my mind and teach myself not to care about the opinions of others. During my childhood, I was fortunate enough to spend a good deal of my time at the public library. This sparked my love for books and acquiring knowledge. Once these tools became available, I began integrating them into my life. I realized how important structure and constant progression were for fulfilling your life. Since then, I have made many mistakes and failed many times. I have learned to embrace life and to never give in to fear of the future or the opinions of others.
What does it mean to carry the title, high performance Coach?
It means that on top of the very important responsibility of my own life, I also take on the additional responsibility of my client’s lives. I must practice what I preach. I will always lead by example and show others that it anything is possible. I constantly push myself and those around me to get out of their comfort zone. As a life coach, I must discipline myself, body and mind, to be a hard and strict individual. By doing so, I can push myself and others beyond our excuses and fears.
Why do you consider yourself to be a reliable source of information for people to better themselves?
I am not teaching nor advocating any new knowledge. I stand on the shoulders of great civilizations and many great men. The only thing I have in my repertoire is an insatiable curiosity, a relentless attitude of self-improvement, and a past that has created great empathy and a desire to help others.
What type of approach do you take to life?
My approach to life is simple, but not for everyone. Every day, I do everything in my power to have the best day that I can. That means whatever my current goals are, I attack ruthlessly. Once completed, the rest of my day is scheduled around clients and family. This way everything can be accomplished. I call it laying a proud brick in my castle. If you always have perfect days, you will have a perfectly built castle in the end. The less sturdy the bricks, the sooner it will crumble.
What encouraged you to turn your lifestyle into a practice to teach others?
A wonderful quote I read from Jordan Peterson. It stated, “when you have something to say silence is a lie.” While I had turned my life around and wanted to help others, I was simply waiting for people to come to me. That quote made me realize, that mindset was not going to do others any good. Everyone wants to have a better life, but it seems that most people are unaware of how to do so, and in some cases unaware of how out of control their life is in the first place. With this quote in mind, I began my journey that I continue to this day.
What encouraged you to turn your lifestyle and your teachings into a book?
There is only one of me. I want to help as many people as possible. If I had read this book at a younger age, I would have lived a very different life, with much less suffering. If I help even one person with this book, I will have done my job.
What inspired you to write this book?
I just realized it had to be done. If I was not the one to do it, who would?
What kind of research do you do to become truly knowledgeable on every topic you
I always reach out to top experts in the field I am studying. I also find and digest as many applicable books as I can. And of course, I read lots and lots of research papers. One of the hardest things in today’s day and age is sifting through the misinformation on the internet to find the nuggets of truth. It is necessary to have experience navigating massive amounts of information, as even one unchecked falsehood could lead you down a rabbit hole of misinformation.
Does each chapter follow the ideas of the one before or do they each stand alone in subject?
Every chapter is a piece to the puzzle of you. Each chapter can stand on its own; however, reading all of them in order, will give you a much more comprehensive blueprint for personal development. It does not matter when you put the pieces together, as long as they are combined and understood in a whole manner. Each individual chapter is a wonderful resource for specific goals.
In your opinion, is there one chapter out of the entire book that you think holds the most power for personal change?
Try to think of each chapter as another tool in your tool kit. You may already have an idea of how to use a certain tool in that kit; however, that does not mean you will use it effectively. For example, you can cut down a tree with a meat cleaver, or butcher a cow with a chainsaw, but that does not mean it is the best way to use that tool. Each and every chapter explains how to use the tools you already have. Proper use of these tools will improve your life, producing maximum results. Some chapters will also introduce you to new tools you have not seen before but are no less effective in personal growth.
What would you like your readers to get out of reading your book?
The three main things to get out of this book are: firstly, it is your life and no one is going to do the work but you. Secondly, you have the ability to overcome any obstacles in your way. Finally, you already have everything you need to succeed.
What do you believe makes your book stand out from the next?
It is mine. Meaning, it has all the answers you need, but it is not sugar coated. It is the hard facts that everyone is already aware of but choose not to acknowledge. If you think for even a second, this book works without you putting in any work, you are not ready to read it.
Do you think anyone can benefit from this book or do they have to be one hundred percent ready for change and improvement in order for it to have an impact on them?
I think that like with anything else in life, you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make them drink. I firmly believe that everything in this book will change your body, mind and relationships. However, if you only half-ass it you will get half-assed results..