Baz Porter is a British Army veteran and PTSD survivor who has had to overcome a vast array of issues ranging from addiction to depression. Baz is now a motivational speaker and transformational coach who helps individuals and groups with his teachings.
Baz is now releasing a book titled “Using Trauma to Thrive”, which is set to be released 12/12/2020, and is now available for pre-order here.
Baz answered some questions about the upcoming book below.
Can you tell us a little bit about your story and how it led to the work you do today?
In 2004, after returning home from serving in the British Army, I attempted to begin my next chapter. While I was looking ahead, PTSD, nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, and depression were trapping me in the past. However hard my afflictions fought, something within me kept pushing me to surpass the moment. That something, I would soon come to understand, was the gift I possessed all along to help people come into alignment with their true-self and who they are meant to be.
As a motivational speaker and transformational coach, I teach awareness and understanding of universal laws, other dimensions, new paradigms and quantum energy work for healings. Using this knowledge to guide people who are willing to strive for their ultimate potential, I pass on these techniques to individuals, corporations, and both small and large groups.
As a result of personally integrating my extraordinary life experiences, I have learned how to navigate through the depths of adversity to inspire breakthroughs. The energetic ripple-effect created by my individual and collective teachings has been noted globally. With my podcast and upcoming book, my community of enlightened people continues to grow.
When did you decide you wanted to write a book about your experiences overcoming adversity?
About a year ago, I decided to write about my story. I have always wanted to leave a long-lasting message to the world. In the day and age of books and the impact that they can leave I thought it prevalent that now was the time to act.
What was it like writing the book and how long did it take?
The book has been a work of patience. In writing the chapters, it had to have structure and depth. It had to be relatable and understandable for people to read. I found the book exciting looking back on my life journey, observing how far I had traveled and come. It has been a very humbling experience to find the balance of life. This process took about 8 months.
How did you balance the book between being a memoir and self-help guide?
It is how I live my life when faced with memories and experiences in my day to life. I am always finding ways to navigate through my personal trauma, along with supporting others on their journeys. I have my sights set on changing the way humanity looks and acts without division. I have incorporated my skills and mindset to bring together a structured idea about the future. The book, “Using Trauma to Thrive” is the first step into a bigger vision for equality, love, healing, and balance on a global level.
Is the book mainly targeted at PTSD suffers, or can others benefit from reading it?
I have designed the book for a diverse audience. To raise awareness and broaden visibility into an unseen silent illness. My unique experiences teach that it is never about one group of people, it is about humanity. Every experience shared is made relatable to everyday life. My book provides actionable tools and tangible advice for self-help, hope and improvement.
What are the main lessons you want readers to take away from the book?
Anything is possible in any circumstance and how resilient we are as humans. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel if you choose to look up. Nothing was ever achieved in life by looking at the ground. Gathering the courage to look within yourself and to always be proud of who you are, no matter what you have been through.
Do you plan to follow up with more books surrounding PTSD or other topics?
I am already considering the next project to support my work. Building a foundation to leave a legacy of hope, joy, and knowledge to future generations. Right now, I continue to work with large groups and individuals supporting growth and positive change.