About Me

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKarl J Whitfield

I am in my 40s, I was born in July 1970, I am married and a father of 3 wonderful young children, two boys and one girl, our youngest. I am an entrepreneur and I have spent many years working in print and publishing in one way or another. I run a small B2B publishing company in the mobile telecoms business, and, like so many people, I am an aspiring author.

My passions are health and fitness, nutrition, building my business, rock climbing, distance running, my kids and all things green. My extended interests and hobbies include cycling, eco, environment, sustainable development, green-tech, clean-tech, understanding people and why we do the things we do, especially around relationships, anthropology, ancient human history and evolution. I love reading, learning, photography, writing, playing squash and personal development. I love the outdoors and feeling that connection with nature, I love my healthy lifestyle, animals and music.

If you wish, please contact me at:

karl@dontstopmenow.me
+44(0)7884 471114

Health and personal – @KarlMNDHealth

Telecoms business – @PortioResearch

 

Business

Founder and Managing Director of Portio Research Ltd

Read my telecoms blog on the company site at Portio Research Blog

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Health Blog

Please visit my health and nutrition blog at MotherNaturesDiet.com

I also run a parallel copy of that health blog here on Facebook

Personal

Connect with me on Facebook

My personal family photo gallery is on Picasa

Bio

These days, I take my health and fitness very seriously, but I have not always been this way. I was a lazy kid, a couch-potato and TV addict, and I would avoid all sports and exercise wherever possible. By my late teens I was obese, and I yo-yo’d up and down with my weight for many years, through into my mid-30s. I smoked for 18 years and was a pretty heavy drinker when I was younger, and although I started running in my 20s to combat the widening waistline, I was never very fit.

But in my mid-30s I changed and I quit smoking and started taking my health much more seriously. Since then, health and fitness and nutrition have become my passion and my obsession. I discovered the world of personal development in my mid-30s and since then I have attended 16 seminars and read many self-help books and I can honestly say that this has radically changed how I live and work and play. I feel like I have finally found my place in life.

In my late 30s I decided that time was passing and my wish-list of things I always said I would do in life was growing longer but nothing was being ticked off. I took up martial arts, I flew eagles off my arm, I got a tattoo (and then another, and then another), I sky dived, I worked fewer hours, joined a gym, lost weight, went running and did more with every day. At the age of 39 I suddenly decided I must run a marathon before I hit 40. Now I have run ten marathons and 2 ultramarathons, and I love off-road distance running. Also, in 2011, I cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 9 days, a distance of 963 miles, mostly in poor weather, which was a tough challenge, but an immensely enjoyable experience.

In business too, I have transformed significantly. I left school at 15 and worked as a computer engineer for 3 years, then in a print factory for 8 years. Then I took a year out, and went to live in Arctic Russia, in a city called Murmansk which is one of the most northern cities in the world, 200 kilometers above the arctic circle, where I lived and worked as an English teacher and went running in the snow. I had a fantastic time in Russia, and to some extent I ‘found myself’ out there in the dark and the cold, and I resolved to return home and make more of myself.

I built a good career as a salesman over the next 7 years, selling market research, and then I started my first company, Portio Research, back in 2003, and it has been growing and evolving ever since. In the decade from 1996 to 2006, I took control of my career and what used to be my annual salary, became my monthly salary. I now have plans going forward to grow Portio Research to cover areas beyond the mobile telecoms business. I also offer Health and Life Transformation Coaching and Weight-Loss Coaching and I plan to start running health retreats in the near future, when time allows.

If you have any questions, please ask, feel free to email me at karl@dontstopmenow.me

This picture is a happy, healthy me, rock climbing in the sunshine in South Wales in the summer of 2012.

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6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi I came across this website through your blog on “racism in context”. A friend had posted it on facebook. I Just wanted to say a special thanks for sharing your thoughts, a very inspirational website, I have shared it with my young niece who is an aspiring to her own entrepreneurial spirit. Wish you and family every happiness, Manisha

  2. Hi Karl,
    Your life is inspirational.
    I particularly share a lot of your interests like anthropology and ancient civilizations, a pity children are not taught all this at school. I also like to practice food as preventative medicine but that’s a subject for another day. One of the reasons why I am writing this is to ask your advice on a course I was thinking of doing with the Harbour Club on mergers and acquisitions, please tell me if this is all it claims to be?
    Many Thanks
    Nasa

    • Hi Nasa,
      Thanks, good to hear from you – I got your message too. My friend, happy to talk, but I am literally drowning in work load at the moment, as I am temporarily back in full-time education AND still running my company, blogging, parenting, staying fit and healthy and much more.
      I’ll send you a message tomorrow, then happy to chat after my crazy busy period ends next week.
      Thanks again, all the best,
      Karl

  3. Hi Karl. I ended up here from your blog on mobile messenger interoperability. However, you are one person I am going to continue to follow. Great going. Thanks.

    Manuj

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