Hi. I am Marvin, the guy with the doggie-socks in the picture above. I teach Radical honesty workshops for a living. How did I get to doing this, you wonder?
Well, by being an expert liar for almost two decades. In case you want to read a bit more about my history, scroll down a bit 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.