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Shark Attack Survivor, Surfer & Storyteller

Nothing is more powerful than a second chance at life.

Turning the worst day of your life into your best is no easy feat, but sometimes there is simply no other option. In Brett Connellan’s case, this day included the moment every surfer’s worst nightmare became his reality when he was attacked by a Great White Shark.

As the light was fading at Bombo Beach on the evening of the 30th of March, 2016, Brett was inches from death. He had lost three-quarters of his left quad, and emergency responders on the scene were sure Brett would not make it. Fortunately, the cards fell in Brett’s favour, and he managed to pull through with the help of a brave friend, timely emergency support and a healthy serving of luck.

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The events that saved Brett’s life were not lost on him, and that perspective was needed as he faced a long and challenging road to recovery. With a bleak outlook prescribed to him by doctors, it was evident that Brett’s life as he knew it would never be the same.

These moments in time are pivotal in any person’s life as they often lead to a questioning of purpose and identity. However, what Brett did not know at this time was that the following months were even more life-changing than just the injury itself. The recovery forced Brett to “climb a new mountain” in his words and develop a different mindset towards resilience, which helped him defy the odds to be able to walk again and eventually get back in the water and do what he loves most, surfing.

Although this may sound like the perfect end to Brett’s story, it was only the beginning. Brett soon realised that the lessons he learned through his recovery could be applied to all areas of his life. This has pushed him to be the best version of himself, both personally and professionally. This new version of Brett, fuelled by purpose, drives him to use his unique and powerful story to help others make the most out of their journeys.

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Instinct - The hidden tool to success

As humans, we often find ourselves in pursuit of high-performance habits or hacks that will lead to success, whether it be in our personal or professional lives.

We’ve heard it all when it comes to these strategies and the more we look into them the more complicated they become, but it doesn’t need to be this complicated. As human beings, we have evolution to thank for our simplest and most effective tool when it comes to motivation and high performance and its roots are based on our instinct. This may seem like an odd way of looking at this, but looking at situations through a different lens is what someone like Brett does best as he explains how his near-death experience at the jaws of a great white shark helped him harness his instincts to not only defy the odds in his recovery but to excel in life from that point forward.

Key Takeaways:
-Gain perspective on the role that instinct plays in helping us as humans achieve the best outcome
-Learn how to use instinct to create purposeful goals/direction in life, both personally and professionally
-Learn the framework to follow your purpose and achieve fulfilment and success
Thanks for your awesome presentation Brett. Your story has had a lasting impact on us and has inspired us to take action professionally and personally. I know of some staff - me included, who are already implementing some of your ideas. Thanks again for trusting us with your story and then delivering an engaging, impactful and memorable webinar. Department of Communities & Justice, NSW

Brett's story is something everyone needs to hear. Not simply just because it is a raw and emotional story, but because it is a story that evokes a passionate and inspiring response from those that are lucky enough to be present for the experience. Instantly engaging Brett presents his story and his learnings from his own experiences in a format that is adaptable to any setting and that would be of great benefit to any audience listening.

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