From Hippo Attack Survivor to Philanthropist, Adventurer & CEO, Paul’s Story
That was until March 1996—when Paul was attacked by a rogue hippo while guiding a small group of tourists down the Zambezi River. Now THAT was a bad day at the office! The attack took the life of another guide who Paul was trying to save and cost Paul his left arm.
Immediately after the attack Paul clumsily navigated the dark dysfunctional space that seemed to stretch out ahead of him; his life had been, quite literally, ripped apart.
A master storyteller, Paul drip feeds his entertaining and inspiring step-by-step journey from his run in with the grumpy hippo to modifying a paddle and learning to kayak again with one arm, so that he could lead a historic three-month long expedition from the source of the Zambezi River to where she flows into the sea – a feat which had never been done before. Then he fell in love, got married, started a family, and learned how to change a diaper with one hand.
By 2011, Paul co-authored, Success Simplified, with Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In 2012, Paul’s book, What’s Left of Me detailed the “you’ve got to be kidding me” stories color his exotically dramatic life… including his fight with that rogue hippo, that cost him his arm as the precursor to winning his life. Paul’s story has been featured on the BBC, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel, where the attack and rescue have inspired millions.
Today, Paul’s successful consulting business, affords him the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the leading “doers and thinkers” in the world of optimal human performance.
His raison-d’être though is to support and empower families navigating disability through his 501(c)(3), the Templer Foundation.
Despite a grim diagnosis after losing his arm and livelihood, Paul simply refused to be sidelined.
Paul invites you to embrace the mindset that “we are the sum of our choices.” We can all overcome adversity and manage unforeseen changes to create a life of achievement, happiness and success.