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Joel Thompson is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the National Rugby League. Joel Thompson developed the Mindset Project in 2012 after discovering his passion in helping others, beginning with his first workshops for the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre in Canberra.
Having grown-up in a remote community in NSW around domestic violence, unstable housing, and drug and alcohol abuse, his resulting self-destructive behaviour threatened to destroy his professional rugby career and personal relationships. He found himself struggling with his mental health over the years, even at the height of his success.
After a breakdown in 2011, Joel finally sought professional help. Taking the opportunity to address his demons, and through a lot of personal development work, he managed to develop the mindset he needed to reshape his own path, and the resilience to deal with setbacks. As a result of his hard work, his passion to help, and his personal understanding of a tough upbringing, Joel has been invited to share his journey with many schools, sports clubs, cultural and business organisations over the last seven years.
Through these speaking experiences, Joel has developed his inspiring Mindset Project. The Mindset Project is a mental-health and motivational initiative started by Thompson, which aims to help people develop a positive view of their potential and make life choices that promote growth and wellbeing.
In the words of the Mindset Project: We call it the Mindset Project because together, we work to break down what creates a mindset and develop strategies to build a healthier one for the future. And like any project, people need to be equipped with the skills and techniques required to take on challenges, work harder and develop resilience.
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