Nick and Ian have been friends for over thirty years. After taking diametrically opposed approaches to life, they’ve strangely found themselves in possession of a common goal – to help others overcome their personal obstacles to success and happiness. As they prepare a line of personal transformation products which will include books, DVD’s, and seminars, they maintain a website at MasterAndFool.com to “sandbox” their ideas.
Nick has studied the martial arts and philosophies of Asia for 43 years, and has used their principles to start five successful businesses, including the Japanese Martial Arts Center. He’s an attorney, entrepreneur, consultant, and author of four books on martial arts, including Budo Mind and Body, which was featured in Black Belt Magazine. He advises a wide variety of businesses and individuals on marketing, motivation, mastery success, and kicking your ass into gear.
Ian’s interest in helping others find success and happiness stems from his experience with events planning and media consulting with organizations like Interfluence.com and the Kenya/US NGO Amara Conservation from 2000-2008, which taught him how little we all know about what we’re really doing. Since 2008, Ian has written for and maintained the site DissociatedPress.com. Ian learned long ago that the journey to success may take occasional detours, and often eschews the road map in favor of taking in life’s scenery. His first business venture was a small telecom company in the late 1980’s, but subsequent ventures included pursuing a pop music career, screenwriting, and the foodservice and retail employment that often follows such pursuits. After struggling with addiction for years, Ian is happily embracing recovery and the clarity it brings.