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Dr Olivier Becherel - Activate Your Personal Leadership

A few words about my personal and professional journey and why I do what I do today!

Dr Olivier Becherel

Dr Olivier Becherel, PhD

Executive Coach

Personal Leadership Specialist

Life & Career Strategist

Co-founder of Mastery to Success

​From a very young age, I have been fascinated with the mysteries of ‘Life’ and its unique abilities to create, solve problems and evolve. I was always naturally inquisitive and sought to understand how things worked around me.

When I was 8, my parents gave me a microscope so I could study dirt, bugs and creepy crawlies that roamed in our backyard. That simple tool was magical to me. It opened up an intricate world that was beyond the reach of the naked eye, a world of wonders that most people would never get the chance to explore within their lifetime. And that means, early on, I was already drawn to explore the deeper nature of life and what everyone one sees.

That fascination with Life and the ‘micro-world’ led me to study biology at school and then undertake a PhD. in Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology. Eventually, this led me to pursue a career in cancer research and neuroscience, to better understand the connections between external and internal influences in the context of health and disease.

From my scientific training, I learned to understand how changes in the external environment influences the internal one by exploring different perspectives and looking for cause and effect relationships. Ultimately this allowed me to develop an uncanny ability to see things most people don’t and connect the dots to make sense of the world and what’s happening behind the scene.

The deeper I got into my scientific research, the more I realised that science itself was incomplete. There was a big picture that science alone couldn’t fully explain. It seemed there was a divine order underlying the mechanics of life, but nothing in science could explain why it was this way. Deep down, I realised that I would have to venture beyond science and what I knew of Life to find some answers to my deeper questions.

In 1998, I met my wife Marcia who was also a scientist and medical researcher. She expanded my worldview of Eastern cultures and opened the door to a more holistic understanding of life by integrating Western and Eastern philosophies.

In 2002, Marcia and I moved to Australia to start the next chapter of our life together. I continued my exploration of Life as a medical researcher at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Now, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute). My work focused on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease in a range of neurodegenerative syndromes.

Despite my love of science, I found myself continuously frustrated with the rigidity of the academic system that was gradually starting to undermine my creative spirit. Research funding and politics were restricting my exploration and freedom of thinking. Gradually, I became more and more disengaged with my work.

Then something unexpected happened. One day in 2007, I picked up a book from the 14th Dalai Lama – ‘The Universe in a Single Atom’. I’d never gravitated towards spiritual books before, but something about this title piqued my curiosity. I read that book from cover to cover on a weekend and it opened my mind to a new world that the rational part of me had never had the courage to explore.

Until that time, I never asked myself who I truly was. I never thought about what my purpose was. I never asked ‘WHY’ I wanted to do research. I realised I had been looking at life through a very narrow lense that ignored half of reality – the intangible nature of human experience.

At that moment, it all clicked. I connected the dots. That was the tipping point, the confirmation that I was born for more than just being a scientist working in a laboratory. I connected with my purpose and realised that my mission and personal journey on this planet was to integrate spirit and matter, science AND spirituality in my studies and work.

That realisation was a turning point in my life and my career path. I made a commitment to myself to do whatever it takes to integrate mind and body, spirit and matter, science and spirituality in the pursuit of what was calling me deep inside – unlocking human potential.

I spent thousands of hours learning about the mind, human behaviour, and the universal laws to integrate mind and matter. I invested heavily in my own personal and professional development to learn cutting-edge tools to transform thinking and perceptions. I learned new skills that allowed me to shift my attitude, reprogram my mindset and start an entirely new career.

I put an end to my academic career and left behind the security and ‘prestige’ to start my entrepreneurial journey. That was scary to embark into the unknown, however, I knew deep down I made the right choice because I was born for more.

To tap into my full potential and truly be who I’m meant to be, I had to break through to the next level of my life and career.

I now had a clear path forward and from that point onwards, I chose to dedicate the rest of my life to developing The Science of Personal Leadershipa holistic approach that helps people unlock their potential and achieve greater levels of success, impact, and fulfilment by living their life on purpose.

I am on a mission to educate, guide and empower high-achieving professionals to discover who they really are so they can break through to the next level of their life and career to create more success, impact and fulfilment within a vocation designed around their unique gifts, skills and talents.

Life gives us only one chance! I’m glad I took my opportunity to live by design, not by default.

I look forward to helping you take your unique opportunity to be all you can be. That’s what you were born for - be your most authentic self making your unique contribution!

I look forward to meeting you when our paths cross each other.

In the meantime, shine your light, share your gift and be your own best friend!