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Who is Chris Lovett?
Chris Lovett is a coach, TED speaker, thought leader, minimalist and author of the bestselling book
Discovery of Less.
Right now, I help talented overworked people simplify their busy lives so they can make a bigger difference in the world. Yes, you read that right, I help them become less busy so they can have more impact.
But to be completely honest, it wasn't always like that.
Put your feet up, let me tell you a story.
A few years ago I thought I had everything I wanted.
A home, car, the latest gadgets, two wardrobes of clothes, a decent paying job and plenty of stuff (plus debt). Even though I had accumulated everything I was supposed to have, I was deeply unfulfilled. I realised that I had drifted through my personal and professional life without really taking ownership.
In fact, everything else had taken ownership of me.
I was doing loads of work, but not much of it made any real impact. I was exhausted and burnt out, but didn't know it.
After stumbling on clutter in my living room, I decided to sell a few items around the home that weren't being used and that small disruption led me to let go of literally everything, including all the assumptions about a fulfilling career and what success meant. I used minimalism to remove anything from my life that didn't add value or make me better.
Friends encouraged me to share my story in the hope that it would inspire others. Podcast appearances and keynotes all of a sudden became a regular occurrence. A book quickly followed and people around the world started to change their personal and professional lives by adopting a simpler approach. Disruption was happening. Less was becoming more, the ripple effect was in full flow and it was having empowering impacts on businesses, teams, entrepreneurs, customers, families and the planet.
Oh and the relationship with our pets too. My dog Daisy would agree.
After my personal life was simplified, I then found a professional life that was meaningful and sustainable. The money, time and energy I would have spent on DVDs and fast fashion, I instead invested in myself and became a multi-disciplined professional coach supporting talented individuals and teams to reach their goals and unlock their potential.
The minimalist principles that made me happier in my personal life, I started to experiment with in my professional context and new results started happening. Everything was clicking into place nicely, meaningful work that made a difference, aligning to my values with plenty of time to continue to grow and go on adventures. I shed the busyness of before. I was doing less, but better. Even my income increased.
However, I quickly spotted a problem...
With each talented person, team and organisation I worked with, I found that the pressures of modern professional life quickly became overwhelming and relentless. Increased workloads and record levels of burnout were negatively impacting peoples creativity, progression, relationships and wellbeing. Their time was being hijacked by back to back meetings, excessive emails and the urgency of downsizing organisations.
The highly skilled people I coached that were once highlighted as successors, future leaders and innovators were now struggling to keep their head above water.
Some of these people were close to me, friends and mentors. Their ideas, creativity and influence was buried under the daily grind. They went from inspiring to, well, just busy. There wasn't enough time in the day to do all the work that was on their ever increasing plate. These bright lights were quickly being dimmed by false corporate urgency, old rules, assumptions and busy work.
Those lights were burning out.
Being excessively busy had become their normal. It's become normal for all of us.
Burnout has increased to record levels and it's killing us. I see it everyday.
Seeing the future of organisations become overworked, overwhelmed and over busy hit me. Hard. These people were supposed to help us all with the challenges of today and tomorrow. They were supposed to lead the next generation. They were supposed to be healthy wives, husbands, parents, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, partners, friends. Pillars in their communities. Instead they just ended up just being busy all the time, stuck in a loop of fighting virtual fires, going to meetings and wading their way through their email inbox.
So I now support individuals, teams and organisations be less busy and have more impact by providing the tools and awareness to implement a unique approach to simplify their personal and professional lives.
Our personal and professional lives are rapidly evolving, yet we still seem stuck fire fighting, reacting and using old tools to tackle new challenges. All whilst over consuming, over thinking and over working. We now need to find more sustainable ways live and work simpler in order to make a bigger difference in the world.
The words of my experiences and teachings have touched thousands of lives in over 50 countries and have been featured on prominent business and lifestyle platforms such as Marie Claire, HR Magazine, LifeHack and global chart topping podcasts like Private Parts, Law of Attraction Changed My Life, Power Hour and I Wish They Knew. I've talked at festivals, wellbeing events, financial institutions and consultancy firms across the UK and beyond sharing the message that the way to prevent burnout and sustainable modern success, in an ever changing chaotic world, is perfecting the art of letting go.
Now you know a bit more about what I do, here are some 'fun' facts about me..
- I can't burp. Yes, it's a thing. I think it makes me unique
- I was once voted 'best legs' at a football tournament. It was 1997 but still counts.
- I was a radio DJ for 5 years and got warned multiple times for swearing live on air
- I've watched Ghostbusters over 100 times
- I'm an award winning doggie parent*
I am more with less, many people are and you can be too.
Feel free to follow me on the socials below for regular simplicity tips and thought provoking ideas to support you in your personal and professional life. Ready to simplify?
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