Born and raised on a tough housing estate in the North East of England, Glen Burton decided to leave behind the disruptive crowd he was hanging with and the comfort zone he was living in. With little interest in school, he made the decision to join the Army at 16-years old. Spending the next 10-years in an elite Infantry unit, Glen participated in a number of operational deployments and training exercizes around the world, taking onboard key life lessons as a professional soldier.
Upon leaving the military in April 2000, Glen pursued a career in the global security industry and soon found his passion and purpose in the private sector. With a focus on close/executive protection, Glen worked his way up to become one of the most highly sought after consultants and has one of the most impressive resumes within this field. Having spent two decades as an operator and leader, Glen has managed and led protective operations in over 120-countries for high net worth families, high level corporate executives, as-well as international royalty.
During his career in this field, Glen has been immersed in poverty stricken environments, has participated in international humanitarian efforts, been shot at multiple times, avoided kidnap in South-East Asia, been responsible for one of the world's top private sector rescue missions following a major terror attack, and was wrongly accused of kidnapping a baby from Africa for a celebrity. He has been a trusted and reliable resource for distinguished individuals and families the world over.
Through his experiences gained around the world while working with some of the most influential business leaders, Glen has developed a uniquely creative mindset which allows him to be completely dedicated and focused in all that he does. With his Performance, Motivation, Mindset mantra, his goal is not only to share his knowledge and experiences, but to give others the platform and tools to succeed in life and business. As a highly regarded mentor and coach, Glen is committed to helping others become the best that they can be in all that they do.
In my capacity as a mentor and coach, I get to speak to people who discuss their goals with me and what they want to achieve. We engage together on how they can get there, but to do that I need to first understand their mindset. Nobody needs to take the path that I've taken because it isn’t for everyone, but if there is something you want to do, then one thing is certain: it can be done.
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It was on a remote white beach on the island of Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in The Caribbean, that I knew I was on the right path with my personal development. I’d had no training or mentoring as a young boy on life skills and career advancement, and despite being a British soldier from the age of sixteen through twenty-six, I’d solely focused on being exactly that, a soldier. But, here I was helping Larry Page, one of the Founders of Google, unfurl his kite board for some ocean adventure, an activity he was highly skilled in. I’d jokingly asked if he’d done this before, however, I learned from his wife Lucy that he was somewhat of an expert at this dynamic water sport. He grinned before saying something that resonated with me — “Never accept anyone telling you that you can't do something“.
I could tell by his eyes as he glanced over at me that there was something more meaningful with his words, something far deeper than he was prepared to talk about with me. “Never accept anyone telling you that you can't do something”. I never accepted it as a young boy or throughout my military career, but here in Anguilla, at thirty-six years old, it meant more, especially coming from someone as intelligent and successful as Larry Page, a man with a net worth of approximately $77 billion US dollars and having founded one of the worlds biggest and most prominent companies in Silicon Valley and the world.
I watched from the shoreline as he flung himself around on his kite board, navigating himself in sync with the wind and waves, I could tell that he had a passion for it. If something happened to him and he was hurt or in danger however, I’d be scrambling out on one of the jet skis to get him. Watching him zipping around brought to light the importance of not getting carried away with the highs and not being down about the lows, this was a simple example as he stayed on his feet, he looked like a serious boarder. He fell often, he couldn’t catch the wind, but he never packed up and went back to his luxury suite, he kept going, remained focused, while each and every time that low came he would keep working hard until he found the high. Just like in our everyday lives, it’s all about balance.