Marvin Schulz, M.Sc., is one of the most experienced Radical Honesty Trainers and organises workshops in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. As a former auditor for investment banks in New York and Executive Assistant for a multi-billion dollar company on Broadway, Marvin experienced the detrimental effects of lying, pretending and withholding first hand: at age 26, he was depressed and burned out.
“I had a promising career in front of me. However, I felt horrible and empty. None of the money I made could compensate for my inner yearning for love, connection and a happy life. After deciding not to kill myself, I opted for a Radical Honesty Workshop. After that, I still killed myself, but in a very different way: I killed my self-image and completed my past.”
He left the corporate rat wheel and embarked on his journey towards a more authentic, joyous, and connected life. He moved back to Germany and healed his own wounds by having honest conversations with important people. He cleaned up his past using Radical Honesty. Dr. Blanton invited Marvin to live at his place in Virginia for one season and certified him as a Radical Honesty trainer three years later.
Here is a beautiful video from one of Marvin’s workshops.
Marvin has the ability to bring humour into seemingly serious processes while staying compassionate and curious. He is comfortable going into discomfort and can guide participants in re-experiencing hurt and pain while holding them in the here and now. His style is inquisitive, simple, and direct – often with a wink and never without compassion. Marvin has lived in China, Mexico, South Africa and the United States and studied cross-cultural communication. He currently resides in Prague, Czech Republic, where he produces music, drinks coffee and enjoys what he often calls the most beautiful city in the world. If you want to learn more, visit his website:
scroll down a bit for a more personal bio and parts of my personal story, or contact me right away here!
From Corporate Liar to Honesty Trainer
I never thought I’d be teaching workshops on Radical Honesty.
I thought I would be a high-level executive one day.
And I was well on my way of getting there…
I grew up in a small German village. My parents loved me. They also lied to me. A lot. I lived through a bunch of traumatic experiences by the time I was ten. I did well in school. It was my escape bubble. I hated my surrounding. I wore long blond hair and colourful outfits in school, and I was bullied for it. And for liking school. And listening to the Backstreet Boys. Well, how did I cope?
I went into the wonderland of my mind and created the ironclad plan to be a successful manager in guess where? New York City!
Let’s fast forward a bit. Around ten years. I am sitting on the 28th floor in a skyscraper on Broadway, overlooking Central Park. I am just 27 years old. I am the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Bertelsmann. I made it. At that time, I’ve worked and studied in China, Mexico, South Africa, Europe and New York. I even audited investment banks and worked for KPMG in New York. I held a Master’s degree in Business and Communication. My career was on fire!
Did I pop champagne?
Nope, I almost killed myself. I felt empty and sad. I was stuck in a role I had created in times of despair and hurt. I was driven by my own shadow. I stared at my two iMacs, empty coffee cups piled on my desk. Life was a drag. The Big Apple unfolded outside and life was in flow while I was a slave to my past and locked up in the jail of my own mind.
I craved for real connection. Friendship. Intimacy that goes beyond drunk sexual encounters in dingy Manhattan basements. I wanted to do something more creative. Something meaningful. Something that benefits people over corporations.
But I felt unable to act and did not trust myself. I kept myself small. One day, I was sleepwalking through Manhattan, thinking about how to meet women, I allowed a small thought to grow bigger: “maybe the way forward is to take a few steps back and finish what you have left unfinished. Complete the past and get present”.
The Way Out!
To keep a long story short, I made the hardest decision I ever had to make and gave up my career in New York and American visa to move back to my parent’s place and into my childhood room. I went back to the source of my reactivity. I found Radical Honesty and spend a whole lot of time in a whole lot of conversations, undoing my past and learning how to be more present. In the process, beautiful things started happening for me. I gained my trust back. I found my creativity and focus. I learned how to make friends and design deeply nourishing relationships with others. And a lot more I am willing to tell you in person over a beer, or help you experience for yourself in a workshop.
I now live in my favourite city, Prague. I create music. I wrote two books. I work with courageous people and guide them towards their own personal power by being radically honest about who they are in the present moment.