I’m Kyle Wood. I’m husband to uk viagra no prescription. I live in the NE suburbs of Melbourne, Australia in a spacious 2 bedroom unit with a very green courtyard.
My life has been a series of pivots. I thought as an interesting way of getting to know me I would share these with you.
In 2005 I left high school and naturally enrolled in a double degree that combined what I was good at with being fairly difficult to get in to. Those were my criteria. The double degree was a Bachelor in Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering). Quite a mouthful yea?
It turns out I enjoyed saying the name more than I enjoyed actually studying it.
After 4.5 years of ‘toughing it out’ I dropped out to pursue my then part time job full time.
That job? Personal training and running fitness bootcamps.
It turned out that I loved helping people in a face to face setting. I loved the creative nature of planning and running bootcamp sessions. I loved building a community and tribe. I loved that all of this happened in real time.
I could create and test, create and test, create and test.
That same year, it was 2010, I registered the domain BootcampIdeas.com. I had been playing around with websites while trying to create a blog to share my fitness ideas with clients and future clients.
With Bootcamp Ideas I was thinking something different. One of the most time consuming activities for trainers is creating fun, new workout ideas session after session, week after week. While searching online for ideas I was surprised that there wasn’t a decent website out there that talked about this.
So for what was maybe the first time in my life, I stopped myself from complaining about the problem and decided to have a go at creating the solution.
It turns out I wasn’t alone in wanting ideas to help me plan sessions. The site grew quickly. I remember hitting 1,000 email subscribers and thinking, ‘Holy shit, one thousand trainers out there actually want to hear what I have to say?!’
Today Bootcamp Ideas is visited by some 400,000 trainers (I assume they are trainers) a year. It still continues to grow!
In 2014 I stopped training people face to face so I could just focus on my online business.
Several projects have spun off from it. The Trainers Tribe blog along with podcast.
This also spawned 31 Days to a Better Bootcamp Business. A 31-day course to help trainers refocus on the important areas of their business. Over 300 trainers have completed the course.
Bootcamp Ideas needed a premium version. One with more regular updates and an easy way to sift through the many ideas. BootCraft was born. A membership/subscription service that has 600+ members at the time of writing this.
It’s also led me to lead 3 live workshops for trainers, one in Sydney, one in London and one here in Melbourne.
Despite all of these projects and their success there was still something burning in me to get out. Something that wasn’t fully being expressed.
In 2015 it came through in the project Heartmen and it’s accompanying podcast I Love You Man. I had a burning question around how men could drop their shields and be more connected to each other and others.
It gained some traction. I got to interview some amazing men and Brene Brown even tweeted one of my posts.
I thought I had found ‘it’. My purpose, however, after the question was answered my interest in the project waned.
After floundering around for 12 months and feeling rather guilty about not continuing with the project I came to a simple, comforting realisation.
My life has already been a series of projects and events that stop and start. Perhaps that’s how it will look going forward AND that’s OK.
In fact, that’s awesome. Because now I can build an ethic and reputation for the projects I work on. Like a serial documentarist I hope people will come to be excited by whatever project I’m working on. Not just because of the topic but because they know what to expect with me driving it. They know it will be good, it will be thoughtful and it will be interesting.
So that was a long winded way of telling you what this site is about. It’s a place for me to gather my people (you, perhaps?) and tell you about what projects I’m doing and what I’m learning about.
Meanwhile, I get to practice writing which is pretty fantastic too.
My non-business self
I realise I’ve only written about my business-self up to this point. There is more to me than that!
- Like I said earlier, I’m a husband to my very talented wife Zoe Wood who is something of a creating and manifesting genius (although she would deny it).
- I have 2 cats, a black and white one named Boris and a very vocal tabby named Peaches.
- I’ve been to a measly 5 countries, but I’ve flown to the US 9 times because…
- I have dual citizenship, Australia and US.
- I lived in Portland, Oregon for 13 months which is a sweet, sweet town.
- I handle grief really poorly. It always catches me off guard.
- I like a lot of unscheduled time in my day, but I do need some routine or I found myself ungrounded and a bit lost.
- I’m an introvert. Embracing that has made life alot easier.
- I love quirky British comedy shows. Think Black Books, Monty Python, The Mighty Boosh and Ricky Gervais.
- I also love playing board games (anything but Monopoly… never play Monopoly with me!)
What I stand for
A huge part of finding and doing work I love (thanks viagra doesnt work anymore!) has been finding out who I am. I’m learning this is a constantly evolving, never ending process but the work I’ve done so far has given me more clarity.
I stand for these things:
I love connecting things and I love to help people feel connected. I like to see connection and I like to see that look on someone’s face when they connect the dots.
My favourite work projects have come from connecting things. A post where I used my connection with influential men to get a man’s definition of vulnerability was retweeted by TED speaker Brene Brown. A great bootcamp is a community buzzing with connection. BootCraft was created by connecting workout ideas with the idea of Lego.
Being graded on my art and writing was confusing as a kid, I made what I liked, so why am I being told that my art is not as good as someone else’s? I feel like a big part of why I went down the path of engineering was because I became comforted by facts and figures. I could clearly understand why something I did was right or wrong.
It wasn’t until the last few years that I rediscovered creativity. It appears in all aspects of my life from fiction writing to hand lettering to making work projects that let me be creative.
There has been a theme in my life lately around choosing things that excite me. From work projects to friendships to what to do today. I’m blessed to have that freedom.
I have noticed something cool from that. I’ve found my playfulness once again. The goofy kid I was for so long is resurfacing. I feel less self conscious dancing because I just dance to have fun. I do funny voices and sing around the house simple because I’m able to. Adversity isn’t so serious anymore, sometimes I turn it into a game or lighten the mood by making a joke.
Maybe we could call this expression. Whatever it is, I want to keep using it and finding it.
So that’s me!
If you want to join me on this journey and keep up to date with my projects, pop your name and email in below. I’ll keep you updated with my weekly blog post.
You stay classy,