Duncan Bolam


With infectious enthusiasm, joie de vivre, and life-long for quest for knowledge, borne-out of a mission to comprehend his own life's course, overcoming significant setbacks along his own journey towards 'epiphany'; 2019 sees Duncan's twenty-second year making his livelihood as a 'Purpose Coach'. He operates in the domains of Leadership, Career Development, Motivation, Sport and Performance Improvement. Duncan has devoted his life to the field of 'Work Aesthetics'; which he crafted with the invention of enabling more people to contribute good to society by generating positive energy through authentic vocation.

Alongside his private practice based in Brighton and London in the UK, Duncan also consults to organisations on Employee Engagement, Talent Management and People Strategy across all professional disciplines, levels of experience and industrial sectors; although his specialist fields are 'digital, technology and telecoms' start-ups where his focus is on generating value by aligning talent with the critical mission and goals defined by an organisation's Business Plan.

With an innate gift for extrapolating social trends, personal development ideals and labour market intelligence towards accurately forecasting the future, it has been said his ideas on the world of work, motivation, career management and purpose are “visionary”. His innovative, results-orientated, pioneering and evangelical spirit sees him pushing barriers in his daily work and many sporting pursuits; especially long-distance swimming, golf, mindfulness and triathlon.

Throughout this 21 years, he has been helping individuals and organisations decode their occupational DNA; in order to maximise their potential and, ultimately, experience greater happiness and fulfilment in how they make their living - holistically and sustainably. In the past he has coaches golf, basketball, rugby, tennis, fitness and swimming and uses his proven coaching techniques to complement his delivery as coach and consultant. Duncan also has the unique - some might say controversial - distinction of having had 35 jobs in the first 32 years of his life. So he knows what it is like to navigate the minefield of 'not knowing' what to do! Perhaps more by process of elimination, there is one thing for sure. Duncan discovered his calling and leverages this energy positively!

At school his English Language teacher announced to his class that one day Duncan would be a Writer. And this is a ultimate destiny Duncan has strived towards ever since. In his writing he draws upon his many joyful and painful anecdotes to help contextualise his message that life can be about perseverance, passion and purpose and that, in spite of what we sometimes might think, the universe remains a deeply loving, altruistic, benevolent force for good.

'Everything' in Duncan’s life hinges around the aesthetics of movement, craft, devotion and work. He loves the efficiency derived by the mastery of technique and nurtures this beauty in work and play. He has come to realise that purposeful, passionate, proactive and persevering people are innately charismatic and energy-giving in a challenged world where 90% of people are in the wrong job or not engaged by their work at all. Right now everything he does is about getting more people into their ‘right work’ and spreading his ideas through print, coaching and workshops.

An Ideas Factory, his passion has led him to design ‘employability’ programmes for the BBC (‘Up for Hire’), contribute to the design of the National Careers Service Advisory Panel for the UK Government’s Dept for Business Innovation & Skill & Dept for Education and dynamic career development programmes for world-leading organisations like Vodafone, the BBC and Haringey Action Group on Alcohol.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Anyone regarding themselves as a fan of my work here on Smashwords is also a 'connection'. As I am not yet what one might describe as a proven author, I'd have to say that if a person reads my work, I would possess a affinity towards them. After all, they've journeyed through my mind. So why not feel a connection with them. Out of that grows respect.
What are you working on next?
I have 3 manuscripts on-the-go at the moment. One is a rewrite and rebranding of my first book, 'Every Person's Path to Purpose'. Call it a new edition. Secondly, I am writing a book about my experience as a father watching my wife go through the anguish of stillbirth and the death of our first son on his due date at full term. Thirdly, I am writing a fairy story for 12 and 13 year olds on the bridge between child and adult about environmental sustainability and reading the signs that nature sends us. I also hope to partner with an actor friend to write a play.
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Duncan Bolam 'Every Person Has a Purpose' #shortfilm
With a growing population and the proliferation of technology in a globalized labour market, the competition for jobs is increasingly brutal. There is a pandemic of unemployment sweeping the world. A crisis is looming. Only the career fit and occupationally savvy workers will prevail. In this book, Duncan explains how to prepare yourself for the battleground for work.


Every Person's Path to Purpose: Everyone's Work Manifesto
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,330. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
‘Every Person’s Path to Purpose’ is an instruction manual designed to help any person seeking guidance on what to do with their life, how they might earn a living, the importance of finding work that we love, plus some techniques for identifying our career assets, how to form a career strategy and why it is important not only to the individual themselves, but to all of society around us.

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