"What a different story people would have to tell if only they would adopt a definite purpose and stand by that purpose
until it had time to become an all consuming obsession!"
- Napoleon Hill

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David M.

Obsessed Founder & Head Coach

Do you:
• Want to wake up full of inspiration and purpose?
• Want to know you are the best you can be in your health, your wealth and your relationships?
• Want to try something new, while having fun and relieving stress?

If you answered yes, then read on.

CliffHanger Academy is the next level in experiential learning and is dedicated to helping you be the best version of yourself so you can live your best story. At CliffHanger Academy, I create custom "In the Wild" experiences combining the mental aspects of neuroscience, the behavior change abilities of psychology with the physical aspect of action sports to help you achieve Peak Performance in your Health, Wealth, and Relationships. In these experiences, I help you outside your comfort zone in order to open up your mind AND body to what you thought was possible, creating a new level of thinking and perspective. On this level, I draw parallels from your sport experience to what you're currently trying to improve, creating a new and innovative approach to achieving your goals, while having fun and relieving stress.

I know what it feels like to not live your best story. Before starting CliffHanger Academy, I worked gruelling, 121-hour weeks as a litigation psychologist on multi-million dollar matters for Fortune 500 corporations and America's top 100 laws firms. For a long time I loved my career, but then became overworked, addicted and depressed. Not only that, I had no idea what my true purpose was anymore and uncertain what would make me happy again. That was my story.

And then I decided to re-write it.

I thought about what I loved to do and the skills I’ve honed inside and outside the courtroom:

· Over 25+ years, I fed my body training to be a snowboarding instructor in British Columbia, a Muay Thai teacher in Thailand, a surf instructor in Australia and a rock climbing instructor in the United States.
· Over 20+ years, I fed my mind training in psychology.
· Over 10+ years, I fed my mind and body studying neuroscience from experts across the U.S.
· I traveled to nearly 50 countries, pushing my boundaries physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Now I’m here to help you re-write your story.

I've gathered plenty of scars and have taken decades to learn what I know. I want you to learn from my scars so you don't have to sacrifice everything
I had to in order to realize some of the things that I'm going to teach you.

Here's what you can expect at CliffHanger Academy:

· Learn how to muffle your daily distractions and refocus your brain through learning Muay Thai punching combinations.
· Understand how to be more confident and adapt to your daily challenges by snowboarding majestic mountain peaks.
· Become more patient and decisive in all your relationships from lessons learned while surfing in the ocean.
· Master how to quietly breathe through the stresses of work and home from lessons learned climbing indoors and scaling cliff faces outdoors.

At CliffHanger Academy, you will become more confident, more focused, more decisive and more courageous – able to take on any personal or professional challenges coming your way.

If you want to become the best version of yourself, engage in a new boundary-pushing experience that broadens every aspect of your life and meet people just like you, then don't wait another moment. Take the next step to living your best story, JOIN US TODAY


"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all"
- Helen Keller

Rock Climbing

Benefits of Climbing

  • Increases brain function

  • Builds muscle, endurance and flexibility

  • Reduces stress

  • Helps slow down the aging process

  • Improves memory and creativity

  • Conquer your fears

  • Teaches valuable life skills


Benefits of Snowboarding

  • Improves memory, creativity and the ability to learn

  • Tones entire body

  • Reduces stress

  • Helps slow down the aging process

  • Increases flexibility, balance and coordination

  • Improves mental health and mood

  • Helps develop relationships


Benefits of Surfing

  • Helps slow down the aging process

  • Builds muscle and endurance

  • Increases brain function

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves mood

  • Increases flexibility

  • Better night's sleep

  • Teaches valuable life lessons

Muay Thai

Benefits of Muay Thai

  • Transforms your body

  • Relieves stress

  • Increases cardiovascular conditioning

  • Helps slow down the aging process

  • Enhances flexibility

  • Increases mindfulness

  • Increases brain function

  • Increases sense of community

  • Increases self discipline


"When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be,
we make him what he should be."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "It has been an absolute privilege to work with David – quite simply put, it has profoundly changed my life. I am very lucky to have found such a prolific and adept coach and I look forward to continuing with him for a long time.”

    Zachery L. Producer, Songwriter & Musician

  • “The first thing you notice about David is his heartfelt presence. From the first handshake to the session wrap-up, continuing into his thoughtful follow-up, you know that this man has your back 100%. He deeply cares. And he’s very effective. In our rock climbing session together, David was insightful, on purpose, and inspiring. He had me use my own past experiences of success to deal with the inherent challenges on the rock face, instead of just telling me what to do. Even a few weeks after our session together, I still use the experience to grow personally and make my business more efficient."

    Will S. Certified Energy Healer & Life Coach

  • "I went on a surfing adventure with David and my experience was second-to-none. David’s unique brand of combining life re-affirming experiences with leadership training allowed me to learn by doing, rather than just talking about doing. Not only that, I found that David tailored the experience to me completely. David taught me lessons that I didn’t even realize I was looking to learn until I learned them! He is a master. I now consider him a friend and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship."

    Vik J. – Founding Senior Financial Advisor

  • “David is a wonderful trainer and coach. He has a deep understanding of the physiological aspects of exercise and the physical skills required for Muay Thai. What makes David exceptional, is his understanding of the mental aspects connected to the physical exertion. David takes this connection a step further and compares it to life and personal goals. He encourages me to see that techniques learned to help conquer in physical combat can be used to help conquer daily life battles.”

    Tom P. – National Public Relations Director

  • “David has a charming personality, but more importantly he’s professionally equipped. He made a most accurate diagnose of my problems based on a series questions during our hours-long conversations. …And finally, I’m inspired, and believed that I could make a change, start taking control of my life, and be a better self.”

    Joseph L. – Senior Econmic Analyst

  • “Ever wonder what your secret super guardian angel who was sent here to cheer you on, nudge you in the right direction, and remind you of who you truly are, looks like in physical form? That’s David Mykel. I encourage anyone looking for a new access to cracking open the things that hold you back to spend time with David. His compassion and commitment comes through in all of his interactions and adventures.”

    Meg S. Director of Operations


"On the other side of your fear is freedom"

- David Mykel

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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"The world, as we have created it, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
-Albert Einstein