The Code - Empowering People with Purpose’ With Shaun Tomson
This episode features Shaun Thomson - former world champion surfer, author, entrepreneur, father and husband. In this podcast he discusses his process detailed in ‘The Surfer’s Code – 12 Simple Lessons for riding through life’ and his number on best seller ‘The Power of I Will’. Shaun has been an academic and a motivational speaker who has toured the world discussing the power of purpose and choice in the lives of everyday people and how having solid foundations in attitude and direction can help empower individuals to lead their best lives.
I love surfing and I was really passionate about competition and I really felt it was possible to develop this lifestyle that we love into a career, into a pursuit into an endeavour that would ultimately be able to build a life for me and really I think it happened in a very short period of time, where Bartholemew (Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew) and I were great friends but great rivals too and we began to think it would be possible to perhaps become pro suffers. It was at the end of pipeline in 1975 when I was going to go back to university and I asked him what he was going to do, and he told me ‘I’m going to become a pro surfer mate’. It was that statement that lead me to wanting to take things further and begin to build the competition into what it is today.
Talk to us about the code and how this framework exists to find their purpose?
I remember it didn’t take me long to write, maybe 30 minutes. I sat down and wrote 12 lines, all about commitment and each line starting with ‘I will’. They were 12 lines of commitment, 12 lines of essential lessons that surfing has taught me about life. After word of this got out and people started to want to know more, in search of a higher purpose and discovering their ‘why’ I started to realize the code was something much bigger than what I had written, I started to realize it was a calling perhaps for many people to write their own codes. After a lot of academic research and further learning I started to realize that there was something missing in the world that really boiled down to powerlessness, and when people found their purpose, they found their power.