In 2009 Mitchell Purperhart joined The Dutch Marine Corps. He was 21 years old and ended up in a world which completely changed his life. Mitchel achieved all goals he had set for himself: several physically and mentally arduous training programmes, a mission to Afghanistan and a role in a leading position. Goals are therefore essential in his view of life.
“Goals provide direction and meaning. I can’t decide what someone’s goal is exactly. But how to achieve them, that’s my expertise. As a coach and consultant I use my experience with the Marines, but the human being is the point of focus. The rest is instrumental. I automatically look for depth in the interaction. When you truly want to touch somebody, you will need to know their motivations.”
Mitchell likes using a quote from Navy Seal commander William H. McRaven: “If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.” He is therefore also known for being a go-getter, a responsible team player, honest and direct. The Dutch Marine Corps has left a unique footprint in his life. He H would like everyone to experience this, but the question often is: Do you dare making the leap? Mitchell is working on this with teams and individuals.
In addition to his business career Mitchell works with adolescents, including working at summer camps. “I experience there how important goals are for a healthy life. And how meaningful it is to work on them, by making matters easier and approachable. Just like during his mission in Afghanistan, out of connectedness, strength and dedication. “Dare to let go, because really:
Tomorrow there will be another day.”